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“Fantastic restaurant on Santa Lucia square”

Apoala Mexican Cuisine
Ranked #12 of 906 Restaurants in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Contemporary mexican cuisine
Reviewed December 27, 2013

After many years of standing empty, the portales of Santa Lucia square are occupied and full of life. We went to Apoala last night had had the best meal we have had in Merida. The square was very busy with people arriving for the thursday performance. It made the experience hectic,but full of life. We sat inside, there are very few tables inside, and ordered a mojito as we explored the very inventive menu. Crisp waffer thin tortillas, baked not fried, appeared with two very complex salsas. The tomatoe based salsa was fresh roasted onions, tomatoes and chilis with other tastes we could not identify. The green salsa, was this avacado? Tomatillo? Cilantro? or all of these, we were guessing all thru the meal and loved the challenge of taste identification.We ordered two appitizers, the stuffed squash blossoms with a wonderful roasted tomato chili sauce and the conch ceviche. The squash was our favorite, full of wonderful white cheese, crisp batter, and the slightly smokey flavor of the sauce. The conch, sea snail as discribed on the menu, was marinated in lime, with a marinated cabbage and a very light chili oil. Everything was wonderful, so we decided to share two entrees. We ordered the fettuchini with grilled chicken, dry rubbed breast of chicken perfectly cooked, tiny green beans and housemade pasta in a light olive oil sauce. It was light and refreshing, the green posole with shrimp a complex blend of flavors in a delicate broth. I could go on, it is excellent and must be experienced!

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Reviewed December 24, 2013

My wife, her sister, and I spent four nights in Merida and Apoala was clearly our first choice for the best food, service, and ambiance. The little Plaza where it is located is shared by another restaurant, a delightful little Chocolate/Coffee shop, and a Dairy Queen outlet for the late night frozen yogurt passions. There's a stage in the square, music more often than not. The food at Apoala was presented beautifully by a staff of wonderful young people so eager to please and so proud of their fare. I can't say enough about the menu. If there is such a thing as gourmet Yucatan food, Apoala is your place. Both delightful indoor and outdoor seating and one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

We had a wonderful food adventure in Merida, and Apoala was clearly the highlight.

Our party of five, including two kids age 8 and 10, was seated quickly (without a reservation). The waiter was attentive and made useful ordering suggestions, got our orders right, and kept the food and drinks coming.

We just kept ordering appetizers - octopus tostados, suckling pig tacos, seared tuna, ceviche - all perfectly prepared, complex and satisfying. It was exquisite. 

I went back two days later to enjoy another taste of the "house" mezcal - which has a strong and complex herbal character with hints of... Cilantro? Thyme? Wheat grass? So good...

At the bar, I spoke with Arnie (I hope I am getting his name right). He has a real knowledge of mezcal and a passion for helping customers enjoy Apoala's tightly focused, hand-picked, high-quality mezcal collection. Next time you are there, ask if it is possible to get some of their house mezcal to-go in a cork-stopped bottle.

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1  Thank ricovado
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Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

Food was excellent and certainly a good change from generally good quality Mexican food elsewhere but food that generally is undifferentiated

Interesting combinations of ingredients and high quality, well presented with a lovely setting

Service while friendly and genuine could be improved. The restaurant is at the high end of prices in the area and when they provide water bottles on the table before you arrive - these should not be chargeable and if so clear labelled on the table.

Give our group raised the issue and over just three bottles of water between 12 people - good service and common sense would push the waiters to offer the initial bottles for free. A good meal was left with a bad taste in the mouth over three over priced bottles of water.

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Reviewed December 20, 2013

We enjoyed our meals at Apoala two consecutive evenings. The carpaccio of beef and avocado (which we ordered both evenings) was delicious. My husband's grouper was moist and well seasoned, and my pasta with chicken was tender and buttery. The staff was friendly, informative and spoke English much better than I speak Spanish. Thank you.

1  Thank Diane B
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