PhoMX has been reviewed before, here. But that was the other location – this PhoMX is the one that has taken over the space occupied by YoungHee’s kitchen, the Korean restaurant that has now closed.
The service here is great – the Critic would suggest better than the other location and the food seems better too, but that is probably a culinary illusion. If you are in the area, perhaps waiting on a bullfight to start down the road or waiting for Namu Namu to open in the parking lot, or are looking for an alternative to Platos Rotos (reviewed in 2011) nearby – this just might be the spot for you.
Noodles aka No. 23 on the menu 🙂
Appetizer platter, with a few delicious samples
Garnishes for the Critics broth
The delicious broth aka No 25 on the menu, which is really a meal for about 17 people
The iced Viet coffee is worth the visit alone
It seems amazing that THREE YEARS have gone by since the Critic first tried breakfast at Merci! It has, in the interim, become a definite go-to place not only for the delicious breakfasts but also the very good lunch offerings.
You can read the previous mentions of Merci here. And for some more photos of the menu items off the breakfast menu, here.
This mini-review is just to keep the Critics’ faithful seven readers up to date and in the loop, in case you are not, on the latest and greatest at Merci.
Owner Regina has been busy making changes both to the menu and to her operation, and has expanded the locale to make it a bit larger, thanks to demand from her loyal following. The changes are palpable, as the service has become more professional, the ambience is more relaxed and seems less stressed (due to her amazing success) and the menu features new and tasty options.
It remains a top choice for breakfast and lunch and is an excellent spot to have a meal if you are in the northern part of the city, doing your non-colonial Merida errands. 🙂
Enjoy the photos, from a recent lunch visit with the always charming Better Half!
Seared tuna tostadas
Fish of the day – spectacular!
That’s pork belly. Can’t beat pork belly
Pear crumble could have been better with a more tart fruit to offset the sweet
The German part of the Casual Restaurant Critic feels it is important to have an afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen. If you have traveled to the land of the kraut (sauerkraut that is) you know what this custom is all about.
After a heavy meal the other day, the Critic wanted a good cup of coffee and Petit Delice has one of the best coffees in town, bar none. Along with their excellent coffee and tea selections, they feature some real French-style pastries that are out of this world.
The local bible, el Diario de Yucatan, did an article on them a while back, for those of you capable of reading en español:
Abren un rincón de estilo francés
The café, a little piece of France in Merida, is located on that awful and congested avenida that runs from El Pocito to City Center (Walmart) near the periferico, with it’s hundreds of small L-shaped plazas full of businesses that will probably fail sooner than later, due to the sheer volume of commercial offerings.
Enjoy the photos – this place is highly recommended!
Pastries that taste as good as they look
Calm, subdued atmosphere
The lamps are beautiful
The best coffee (this is a latte) in town
Perennial favorite – lemon tart