Happy New Year! 2018 is going to be all about trying new things; recipes, restaurants, cuisines and exploring more of the world. I took a hiatus from writing over the festive period but began my foodie adventure at one of Edinburgh’s most fun and adored Mexican joints; Topa La Bamba is a colourful and quirky restaurant that serves fresh, mouth watering tapas style dishes with larger options such as the classic burrito or heavenly chipolte honey ribs. Their classic margarita is too easily drunk and with watermelon and apple flavours there is something for everyone.
We ordered a collection of smaller dishes to get a little taste of everything; crispy fried fish of the day tacos, crab ceviche tostadas, homemade chorizo taquitos and jalapeno poppers. Oh.My.Days. The jalapeno poppers were thick n chunky; coated in a crunchy fried breadcrumb cacoon they burst with thick creamy molito cheese and made you go ooh. Topa know what they are doing by only serving two per dish, the saying ‘always leave them wanting more’ certainly works in their favour here.
The crab ceviche tostadas boasted generous mounds of cold, refreshing crab and salad sat upon a crispy tortilla pancake topped with crema, which is a creamy, slightly sour Mexican condiment that is somewhere between sour cream and crème fraîche. Delicious, decadent and the combinations of textures made each mouthful exciting and a challenge to devour.
The crispy fried fish tacos were tasty and gloriously messy to eat; light, golden goujons of meaty fish nestled in slaw, wrapped in a soft tortilla and topped with crema with generous wedges of lemon on the side to cut through the batter of the fish. My first time trying fish tacos and thanks to the chefs at Topa i will not be looking back. No way Jose.
Topa’s homemade chorizo taquitos were the thing dreams are made of; rich, smokey, spicy sausage encased in a crisp shell topped with, yes you guessed it, crema. Perfect for picking up and nibbling on or, as i decided, dunking into the creamy molito cheese from the jalapeno poppers. Absolutely scrumptious.
Comfortably full but 100% greedy and hankering for more tasty delights from the Topa team we ordered a classic Mexican dessert; piping hot churros with a rich and glossy dark chocolate sauce. Fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside these golden fingers of dough were the perfect sweet end to an exquisite feast of classic favourites to new experiences and flavours.
We left happy and full; feelings not hard to conjure up in this warm and inviting space where the staff are friendly and happy to chat while you, maybe ever so slightly, dramatically agonise over what to chose. When there are too many delectable dishes i can sometimes get flustered and feel the need to try everything now and forget that i can come back another time to try more! If you are looking for great food, a relaxed setting and the perfect amount of mood lighting to make anyone look good then look no further than Topa La Bamba. Thank you guys, in Arnie’s words (and voice), i’ll be back.