We visited Topolo last night, Saturday, January 19, 2013. It is hard to add to the superlatives that others have used to described Topolo. It is simply a first class dining experience, no matter how you look at it. Topolo would be a top restaurant in any location in the world, but we do not give it the #1 position in Mazatlan.
From the warm welcome to the equally warm "buenos noches" as you depart the premisis, the experience is a romantic feast for all of your senses. The atmosphere, the hospitality, the service, the aromas, the absolutely perfect live background music, the stars and the moon, and the food are as perfectly orchestrated as we have ever experienced.
This is the place to come from all corners of the Earth to propose a life until death, to celebrate an anniversary or just to spark a romantic evening. It sure beat hell out of the country and western show with cafeteria level food we endured Friday night at Hotel Playa Mazatlan and the lack of taste (cuisine-wise) of our experience at The Water's Edge earlier in the week. But, while coming close, it does not quite measure up to Pancho's.
The difference is the menu. Topolo's is too limited, in our opinion. Granted, we have not tried everything (this was just our second visit to Topolo), but we also did not feel that we had enough seafood options. It seems to be a major mistake by many top level restaurants in Mazatlan; too much focus on MahiMahi, and shrimp. Not that I have a problem with either of those options when prepared properly, but after visiting El Mercato and seeing the array of fish available first hand, more diversity should be exercised.
We started with a cheese appetizer (not the brie) top with a tasty sauce and multiple slices of a delicate chorizo, and the cilantro cream, accompanied by flour tortillas. Both were excellent, especially the cream. The amount of cheese was almost disturbing. It is obviously an appetizer designed for a minimum of four people and more like eight. Do not order this if you are just a couple. It is a real waste of good food.
My wife ordered the tuna seared with a black sesame crust, accompanied by the fantastic roasted vegetables and excellent mashed potatoes. The tuna was nice but more done than we prefer. It is a huge portion that could easily be shared by two with appetizers and desserts.
I ordered the chili relleno combo that includes aan enchilada stuffed with chicken and covered in mole sauce, carne asada, a quesadilla, rice and fantastic guacamole. My dinner was truly exceptional. No need for salsa here. The tastes were individual yet orchestrated into a fantastic Mazatlan melody of joy. The relleno was juicy and delicate. The enchilada was mole heaven. The carne asada was authentic. And that guacamole was stupendous smeared on the quesadilla.
We accompanied the dinner with an excellent Mexican red wine, the name of which escapes me. It was a 2007 and second on the Mexican wine list at 400 pesos.
Problably our biggest disappointment is that we had no room for a special dessert and just split the coconut gelato. It was a pleasant experience though, given the poor ice creams we had experienced at The Water's Edge and Margarita's.
In our Mazatlan experience Topolo is #1 for romance and #2 overall behind only Pancho's. That is nothing to be ashamed of.
My wife chose the tuna. Her (usual) request to replace the rice with potatoes was happily obliged
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