La Bamba goes into liquidation

Sad to read in today’s Press and Journal that La Bamba, the Aberdeen Mexican restaurant, has gone into liquidation.

When it opened we were wowed by La Bamba. For the first couple of years of the website (under its old name Restaurants in Aberdeen), La Bamba consistently topped the polls as your favourite place to eat.

STOP PRESS May 2011: La Bamba is now re-opening under new ownership.

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Website: Boookings are now offline.

The combination of Mexican food and top quality ingredients (I believe one of the owners was in the meat trade!) meant that it was a regular haunt for us. Our American representative even went as far as to say that she could now stay in Aberdeen, because it had a good Mexican restaurant.

More recently La Bamba moved a few doors along Crown Terrace, with Prime Cuts taking over La Bamba’s original premises.

To me, the move took some of the enjoyment away. The new premises didn’t have quite the same atmosphere – an elusive and difficult-to-define, but vital ingredient for any successful restaurant. I don’t know whether it was just that, or whether other aspects slipped, but it never seemed quite as special as the original La Bamba in the old premises.

It remains to be seen whether the liquidator manages to sell La Bamba as a going concern.

If he doesn’t, then where will we find good Mexican food in Aberdeen? Pancho Villas, which wasn’t a patch on La Bamba, has closed its Aberdeen restaurant. Chiquitos is often quite good, but it is a fast-food chain. So, where else is there?
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