Topolabamba's second restaurant (the other is in Glasgow) serves up authentic Mexican grub in a vibrant, fun environment.
Getting in on the revival of Lothian Road, Topolabamba is a welcome addition to Edinburgh’s Tex-Mex family. Although part of a chain (the original is based in Glasgow), this quirky cantina boasts a pleasingly more authentic menu than many of its contemporaries, due to the owners carrying out culinary research in Mexico. Sharing is recommended here (everything is served tapas-style, with the exception of the larger portions). Crispy fish of the day tacos are a tasty way to start, complete with spicy crema. Chorizo quesadillas are generous, but manage to retain their crisp bite, and barbacoa beef taquitos, served with feta get points for being extremely moreish (and recommended by the friendly staff). Manageable portions and easy-on-the-eye prices make this a great spot to try a few different dishes without a stinging end-of-night bill. Drinks-wise, there’s standard wine and beers, but it would be rude to avoid the expansive tequila selection with over 60 in stock. Try a frozen Margarita, and surrender to Topolabamba’s charms.
- High point: Well-crafted and authentic menu
- Low point: Flickering strip-lit sign still retains a bit of the former strip club vibe
- Notable dish: Barbacoa Beef with Crumbly Cheese Taquitos
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Latin American tunes
- Capacity: 116
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle