Saturday, January 25, 2020

Imbibe Upon Mexico’s Oldest Winery at Topolo Restaurant & Wine Bar

Experience first-hand the revival of old town at Topolo. Vibrant colors, sounds and tastes of old Mazatlán set the scene, with a dash of modern flair and much to enjoy.

In the heart of Mazatlán’s “old town”, locally named Centro Historico, is where we found Topolo – a dining experience we won’t soon forget, and one we hope to relive in the not-too-distant future.

Here are a few highlights of our visit and why you can’t miss a visit to Topolo.

The Ambiance

In the heart of Mazatlán’s “old town”, locally named Centro Historico, is where we found Topolo – a dining experience we won’t soon forget, and one we hope to relive in the not-too-distant future.

Like many of the buildings in the town center, Topolo is topless. The main dining area, aptly called the garden, is without a rooftop. Live trees grow up through the restaurant, offering shade during a sunny afternoon lunch, and allowing for open air to soothe gently in the evenings.

To contrast the greenery, Topolo’s dining garden is adorned with colorful, mixed-print tablecloths, lush red walls and festive artwork. String lights, candles and live acoustic guitar set the tone for an upscale but cozy feel. A red-painted pathway leads through the garden and toward the restrooms, but not before passing by their tranquil water fountain. It’s decorated with charming figurines, showcasing the lively character of Topolo.

The Wine

Topolo offers a thoughtful selection of wines from around the world, from Italian to Argentinean. But what makes imbibing here so unique is the history lesson Topolo offers about wine – more specifically, the history of wine production right here in Mexico.

In brevity: Soon after the Spanish conquered and colonized Mexico in the early 1500s, it was demanded that all settlers grow grape vines on land they were allotted, to keep up with the demand for wine in church service and everyday life. A winery established soon after, the first-ever in the Americas, named Hacienda de San Lorenzo, founded in the present-day state of Coahuila in Northern Mexico.

What’s was most exciting to learn is that this winery, now named Casa Madero, is still in production today after over 400 years! You can bet that Casa Madero is offered on the menu at Topolo, and is worth every penny.


The Food

Topolo’s signature Roasted Tomato Salsa is complimentary and prepared tableside, to the spice profile of your liking. Using a stone mortar and pestle, our server, Martin, prepared the salsa which included fresh onion, cilantro, roasted tomatoes, and roasted Serrano to give it some heat. We ordered ours medium spice level and it was perfect.

The Tarta de Atun (Tuna Tartare) was no doubt a favorite, with Japanese-style infusions of pickled ginger, wasabi and cucumber. Our entree selections of Salmon Fillet with Mango Sauce and Tequila Shrimp were cooked to perfection and top favorites of the trip. But the major highlight of the menu for us was the Platanos Flameados – bananas flambe.

Tuna Tartare

It’s worth skipping an appetizer and going easy on the chips (although not easy with the amazing salsa), or perhaps a second visit all-together to enjoy the bananas flambe. Also prepared tableside, the server asks for an assistant to help turn the flame-filled preparation into an all-out spectacle for diners near and far away to enjoy.

Topolo overall felt like a mini-vacation in and of itself; we left fulfilled in mind, body and spirit. If you’re able to splurge a bit or have a special occasion to celebrate over dinner in Mazatlan, Topolo is a prime choice.

Topolo Restaurant & Wine Bar • Constitución 629, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico • +52 669 136 0660

Darby B.
Hi, I'm Darby.My interests are in travel, cooking plant-based meals, music of many genres, human equality and environmental sustainability. I also love to write. When I'm not traveling, you can probably find me drinking coffee or riding a bike around town.I love going to new places and learning as much as possible about history and culture. Even more so, I try to learn about and raise awareness to local grassroots efforts in the areas I am visiting. I believe that communities hold the answers to their trials and I seek to support those efforts however I can.My goal is to never stop learning, always checking my privilege and try to make the world a better place.
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