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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