The Mini-Critic invited the Casual Restaurant Critic to try a new sushi place called Sushi Pop in the closest approximation of shopping bliss in Merida resembling Miami. If you are looking for somewhere to make you feel like you are not in the Yucatan (with the exception of the people around you) come to La Isla.
Sushi Pop is a franchise with locations all over the country. Merida location at the end of this post.
Directly in front of a colorfully lighted fountain with spurts of water shooting up ala Bellagio, and with the artificial lagoon in the background where you will nightly presence a light show, you can enjoy some truly average sushi, either in their air-conditioned locale or outside on the little terrace, where you will swelter but can enjoy a smoke without being hassled by the pure-air police.
The service was alright, but nothing outstanding. What put the Critic off is the fact that the waiter, who was dancing happily inside the locale, showed up at the table and his rumpled shirt with rolled up sleeves and unshaven face put an immediate damper on his expectations (the Critic’s, not the waiter’s)
There were some rolls which were fine, and an order of gyoza, but the most interesting item was their broccoli tempura, for which they are apparently famous, according to RumpleShirtSkin.
Would the Critic go back? Maybe, but no rush.
Broccoli tempura with spicy mayo and a slice of tuna
Unagi (roll) which was warm and delicious
Gyoza w meat filling
LOCATION AND HOURS INFO:
La Isla Mérida Cabo Norte
Calle 24, Cabo Norte
MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY:
13:00 – 23:00
THURSDAY THRU SATURDAY
13:00 a 2:00