Topolabamba (Glasgow) 2022 : Review

Todays Visit

Today I was meeting friends to see Top Gun 2 and we needed a place to eat after the movie.

It was a favourite of someone we were with and it had been a while since my last visit, so we headed and hoped they had a table.

Décor★★★★★
Noise Level★★★★
Restaurant Temperature★★★★★
Table Dressing★★★★★
Restaurant Cleanliness★★★★★

The Food

As I said it had been a while since I had been here, mostly due to having to visit different places or if someone I was with fancied elsewhere I would just go with that.

What to order now this was a tough decision.

Chicken Tinga QUESADILLAS £6.60
(Large soft tortilla stuffed with a filling of your choice & toasted)

I think I had this last time, but I couldn’t remember what it was like so I had to try it again.

On arrival the aroma was amazing, it instantly made my mouth water.

I took a bite and my mouth was hit with many amazing flavours, and a little after kick but everything worked so well together.

I loved every bite of this and could easily have had more…but there was a few more dishes ordered.

Aroma★★★★★
Presentation★★★★★
Taste★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

JALAPENO POPPERS £7.35
Jalapenos, Molito Cheese & Corn, Breadcrumbed, Roasted Brava Sauce

I have had Jalapeno Poppers from other places and thought yeah these are nice, so I had to try them here.

A friend I was with said they packed a punch, but I thought lets see

Presentation was nice, and the aroma was good so time to take a bite….

These tasted so good, the sauce, the flavours all worked I didnt think anything was wrong with them….then it snuck up and hit me.

WOW for me these were a bit too strong but I tried a second bite.

Yup I had to leave this one and it won this round, I am giving a 4/5 due to the kick for me but if you like a kick then you would love these.

Aroma★★★★★
Presentation★★★★★
Taste★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

CRAB CEVICHE TOSTADA £8.45
2 crispy corn tortillas topped with lime crab

I had had crab elsewhere recently and thought I want to try it here.

I had no idea what this was, but its always good to try new things.

On arrival this looked ok, and I could smell lime so it was time to taste.

This was very refreshing, I could take the lime, and a hint of crab as it wasnt a strong flavour.

For me this was ok, I was expecting a bigger crab flavour, as crab has a lovely flavour but as I said it was nice and refreshing but I wouldn’t have it again.

Aroma★★★★★
Presentation★★★★★
Taste★★★
Value for Money★★★

My Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Churros £5.85
Hot Mexican Doughnuts

No matter how full I am there is normally always room for a little extra, and I had to order these.

I loved these last time, I loved these when I tried them in other places so it was going to hit my sweet tooth.

A massive smile it my face when I saw these, and I jumped right in.

Sweet, crispy, great flavour then added with the chocolate sauce mmmm

Perfection!

Aroma★★★★★
Presentation★★★★★
Taste★★★★★
Value for Money★★★★★

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Visit Overall

It was great to be back again as it had been too long.

I didn’t find tonight as loud as my last visit, which is good as I could hear my friends easily when we were seated.

The food was very good, and I would order different things next visit to try other new dishes.

I am keeping here on my top spots to visit!

Have you been here? let me know in the comments.

Service★★★★★
Time between Courses★★★★
Overall Value for Money★★★★★

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Barca (Glasgow) : Review

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2nd Floor
Princes Square
48 Buchanan Street
Glasgow
G1 3JN

Telephone

0141 248 6555

Website

www.barcatapas.co.uk

Visit Date : 22nd March 2017

I had not been to Barca in over a year, not due to any bad reason just I have been trying other places since then so it was time to go back.

I had an itison deal this visit. “Authentic Spanish paella for two plus a carafe of wine to share at Barca Tapas & Cava Bar”

As always I can’t just stick to the voucher, I have to also order a little something else so while we waited for the paella to be ready (about 30-40mins) we ordered a starter.

Starter :

TOSTADA CON SETAS £4.75
Tostadas topped with sauteed wild mushrooms, chilli and honey

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I am not a fan of mushrooms..then why did I order this you’re thinking. I am trying to start to eat better and healthier….not all the time but slowly be better with my eating habits.

I decided to order this and see what it was like.

This was actually really nice, it was a perfect starter size and had a really nice flavour. The honey and the chilli added a little extra to the flavour, and I would have this again.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4

The paella….

PAELLA DE VALENCIA
King prawns, calamari, mussels, chicken and chorizo

I won’t comment on how much this normally is as I was using a voucher.

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This was to share, and takes roughly about 30 to 40mins to prepare.

This was a good sized portion, but I could have easily had this all to myself.

The calamari was cooked perfectly as it wasn’t that rubbery way, and the chorizo just added extra flavour.

Flavour was really good you could take everything, normally with fish dishes one ingredient is overpowering everything the rice, sauce etc but this was just right.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

The Wine…

FUENTE VERDE, GARNACHA ROSADO, CARIÑENA

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This was a very nice and light rose wine, and was perfect with the paella.

Overall :

Overall tonight was a nice relaxing evening.

With the voucher it was value for money, but even without it I feel if you were to share the paella and split the bill its good value for money.

The eventing was a very nice one, service and atmosphere was good and we both enjoyed our meal.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service :4
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4.5
  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 4.5
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