Topolabamba (Glasgow) : Review

Topolabamba (Glasgow)
89 St Vincent Street
G2 5TF
Phone: 0141 248 9359
Website :
I have been to Topolabamba once before this visit, and I enjoyed the food, drinks and atmosphere but one thing really put me off…..the background music was too loud so loud I was shouting over the table to my friend.
I recently decided its time to go back for a second try and see what I think, as I like to give a place at least to visits before I decide I will 100% return or never again.
Visit Date : Sunday 19th February 2017
On entering we were shown to our table, and sat down.
The first thing I did notice was the music was at a good level, I could heard my girlfriend across the table and she could hear me (don’t know if that was a good thing)
The second thing I noticed was the restaurant looked a lot better, it was missing a few things from the walls that were there last time. So all the little changes were noticed and an improvement.

Starter :

QUESADILLAS : (Except Chorizo) (Not GF) (Large soft tortilla stuffed with a filling of your choice & toasted)

Crab, Shrimp & Sweetcorn : £5.95

Unfortunately when I imported my photo it went corrupt, don’t know why as never happened before so I will try and get another one when I have this again.

This was a nice sized starter, you get two finger sized portions.

The flavour was very nice, the crab came over more than the shrimp and sweetcorn for me. The tortilla was just crispy, so it was good as sometimes they can be very crispy at other restaurants and flake everywhere.

Main :

BURRITO : (Not GF) AVAILABLE AS NAKED BURRITO (Flour tortilla stuffed with green rice, black beans, pico de gallo, queso fresco cheese & your choice of filling)

Shredded Beef : £6.95


The last time I had a burrito was at Poco Havana, so I had that to use as a comparison.

This was a really good size, and I could see it was packed.

I really wanted to say I enjoyed one more than the other, but here and Poco Havana were very good. This also was fully of flavour, cooked very well and was very filling.


Sweet :

Mexican Chocolate Cup : £4.95

Topolabamba Glasgow : Mexican Chocolate Cup

There is always room for something with chocolate….

This was like a chocolate mousse, very sweet and a good texture…..this was bliss.

This was really nicely presented, and the cream on the top just added that little extra to the presentation and flavour.

I would have this again!!! mmmmm

Cocktail :

Jalisco Blue £7.00
El Jimador Reposado, Blue Curacao, Lemon, agave Syrup, fanta orange


This was a very refreshing and very very tasty cocktail, I really want this again when I return.

Overall :

Overall my second visit was a lot better than my first.

I have this big issue that if I have to shout to the people or person I am with over the music, you won’t really enjoy the time at the restaurant or the atmosphere. Tonight the music level was good, so I really had a nice time and enjoyed the atmosphere.

Food was nice, I enjoyed it and will try something different when I return.

  • Child Friendly : Yes (only if they are well behaved)
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 4.5


Gusto Italian Restaurant Glasgow – Review

14-18 Bothwell Street

Gusto is open:

Sunday – Thursday: 12pm–10pm

Friday to Saturday: 12pm –11pm

T: 0141 227 6270
W :

Visit Date : 14 May 2016

There are a good amount of Italian restaurants in Glasgow, and Gusto is one of the new kids on the block. I have tried Prezzo, Zizzi, Tony Macaroni, Bella Italia etc and found them nice but nothing special. I have a special place in my heart for Italy and Italian food so not finding a good Italian was a little disappointing.

Recently though I did find an Italian that is joint place with Gusto for me, but thats another review.

I tried to get in to Gusto a few weeks ago but due to it being very popular there were no tables free, but I have to admit the girl that was on the front was very pleasant. So I did the smart thing and book in advance.

The interior is very nice, its got a nice posh but casual atmosphere. It even has a small section outside at the front, that on a nice sunny day (granted Glasgow doesn’t get many) it would be nice to sit outside.


I started with the mixed olives while waiting for my meal, these were very nice but sadly they had seeds which put me right off them so I only took half.


My starter was Calamari deep fried with lemon mayonnaise. This was very nice and was a good sized portion something I would have again.

Main :

My main course was Spaghetti Carbonara, one of my favourite Italian meals. This was done the correct way with eggs, and not cream and very tasty. If your a Carbonara fan get this, I also got a side of Polenta chips which worked very well with this.



Last I got a Chocolate Fondue which is to share and yes before you think what a pig I did share with my friend. To be honest its a good size, but I could have easily had one to myself.


Overall :

Overall my first experience at Glasgow Gusto Italian was very good, this and the Italian Cafe are currently my 2 fav Italians in Glasgow.

Next time I go back i will try different items.