Ashlyn’s 18th at Topolabamba, Glasgow

ashlyn and birthday cake

Saturday, 14th April, 2024

Topolabamba, 89 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5TF

On Saturday I went into town to help celebrate my greatniece Ashlyn Young’s 18th birthday. The planning had taken a great deal of thought, finding a lovely restaurant that could cater for 20 plus customers on a Saturday night. Ideally somewhere located near a train station as folk were coming from near and far, including from Dunoon.  It also had to be kept a secret from the birthday girl and then there was the cake!

Earlier in the day Ashlyn had come into town with her mum, Val, sister Kayla and her boyfriend Calum. They had a drink in a nearby pub and then as they passed the restaurant Val nonchalantly stopped to look in and said how nice it looked and suggested popping in to have a look.

The look on Ashlyn’s face when she saw us all sitting waiting for her was a joy to see.

Ashlyn arriving

Ashlyn arriving

When her group of school friends,  some she’s been pals with since nursery, showed up a wee while later she was overwhelmed all over again.

Ashlyn's friends

Ashlyn and friends from Dunoon.




I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many smiles.


Topolabamba was a great choice. The decor is very colourful and there’s a lovely relaxed atmosphere. The food was really delicious – “Our menu is a mix of classic Mexican dishes and authentic street food, like tacos and tostadas with a range of exciting fillings.” We spent a long time deciding what to order as there is a massive choice and we were not all too familiar with Mexican food but the staff were more than happy to answer any questions. I forgot to take photos of the food but it was beautifully presented, there were no complaints and all plates were cleaned.

The service was fantastic – considering there was such a crowd of us. It was something new for me but I loved my Seafood Taquitos. It’s perfect food for sharing making for a very convivial experience. I tried some of Mary’s Mexican Cauliflower Cheese, which was both spicy and tasty. The Pasilla King Prawn Tacos – served on Soft Corn Tortillos with Mexican Slaw, were a particularly popular choice and Kayla assured us that her Chipotle Honey Ribs were delightful.

Laura barmaid

Barworker Laura made up a lovely Strawberry Virigin Margarita.

I arrived a wee bit early so sat at the bar. Laura, the very pleasant bar worker, made me up a Strawberry Virgin Margarita, it looked and tasted fabulous.

Ashlyn’s gorgeous cake came all the way from Dunoon. It was absolutely beautiful and was decorated with real white roses. Perfection.

Ashlyn's cake

Ashlyn loved her cake

Everything was pretty perfect. Just what this charming young woman deserved.

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