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5 of the best Mexican restaurants in Glasgow

Mexican restaurants thrive in Glasgow, serving the best burritos this side of Mexico City.

Published: March 24, 2017
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For the top pick of the city’s taco joints and burrito bars, just take a look at our favourites.

Topolabamba

(89 St Vincent St, G2 5TF, 0141 248 9359)

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At Topolabamba, the range of classic Mexican dishes and street food is inspired by the chefs’ extensive travels around Mexico. They have visited all the main regions, including Oaxaca, Chiapas, Chihuahua and the restaurant’s namesake, Topolabampo.

The atmosphere is relaxed, with a rough-and-ready charm. The restaurants is decorated with colourful murals, naked lightbulbs and wooden fittings.

As well as many old favourites, Topolambamba has several exciting new flavours you can try. The black bean, cactus and smoked green chilli quesadillas are sure to tingle your tastebuds.

Bibi’s Cantina

(599-601 Dumbarton Rd, G11 6HY, 0141 579 0179)

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Bibi’s opened in 2007 with the goal of becoming a unique neighbourhood cantina. It is busy every day and night, due to its well-made Mexican dishes and knowledgeable staff.

The traditional Mexican pozole is worth a taste: it is made from chicken breast, simmered in a broth of tomatillos, chickpeas, onion garlic and coriander, topped with avocado and shredded cabbage.

The ‘cowboy’ steak chilli is another must-try dish. The steak is slow braised with onions, beans, tomato and three chillies, then served in a tortilla basket with patatas bravas and green rice.

Taco Mazama

(6 Renfield St, G2 5AL, 0141 248 8940)

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For fast food that is both healthy and and delicious, look no further than Taco Mazama. All ingredients are fresh and contain no artificial flavours or preservatives.

At Taco Mazama you can build your own perfect meal, first by choosing what dish you would prefer. You can choose between a burrito, a fajita, a quesadilla, a burrito bowl, a fajita salad, and tacos.

Next, you can choose which filling you would like. Fillings include succulent chargrilled chicken, pulled pork, and vegetarian chilli. Salsa, guacamole and nachos can also be added on to create the ideal Mexican feast.

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Barburrito

(138 Queen St, Glasgow G1, 0141 221 9330)

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The first Barburrito was opened in Manchester in 2005, but had its origins in the burrito bars of 1920s Los Angeles. This modern incarnation only used responsibly sourced and freshly prepared ingredients, and has been honing its recipes for the past decade or so.

Firstly, you choose your type of burrito, followed by the filling you would like. These fillings include spicy shredded beef, pulled pork, and fried vegetables with guacamole.

You can also add nachos to your meal, and round it all off with some sweet churros and chocolate sauce.

Pancho Villa’s

(26 Bell St, G1 1LG, 0141 552 7737)

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Pancho Villa’s aims to create an authentic taste of Mexico in both its Edinburgh and Glasgow restaurants. It has a lively atmosphere and an extensive menu of Mexican delicacies.

The list of enchiladas includes the suiza, which comprises flour tortillas filled with chicken breast, mild chili and cream sauce, topped with melted cheese.

The carnitas tacos are also well worth a taste, made with slow roasted shoulder of pork, marinated in coca cola.

Maddy lives in Edinburgh and has written for the Sunday Herald and the Ed Fringe Review. She is passionate about authentic, sustainably sourced food, and is always keen to discover exciting new flavours.

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