Although located alongside the Westfield shopping centre, El Topo is just like a little slice of Mexico (Oaxaca to be precise): it's a bright pop of colour among the grey high-rises. Everything from the tiles on the tables to the sugar skulls has been imported. It all creates a fun and colourful interior that is more than a little day of the dead-esque.

You won’t find any signs of Tex Mex here, but rather a much more serious, modern southwest Mexican menu created by ex-Hotel Centennial chef Atick Elahi.

The menu is meant for sharing and the flavours are searingly authentic. There are tacos aplenty, but try the coffee-braised beef taco or baja fish with habañero mayo, strawberry-tomatillo salsa and lettuce. The desserts here are almost unavoidable, especially the caramel-cream pot of chocolate ganache, chilli-lime peanut brittle, ice cream and popcorn.

Tequila is the obvious cornerstone of any Mexican restaurant worth its salt. And El Topo means business. Every cocktail – from the traditional Margarita to the refreshing La Rosa de la Familia with lychee shrub, bitters and strawberry and rose – is mixed with a choice of Cuervo Tradicional Tequila or Ilegal Mezcal. There’s also an interesting wine and beer list for those less brave.

When the weather's right, make your way to the kaleidoscopic rooftop. It's the best spot in this casa.

Updated: September 18th, 2020

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