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El Segoviano

El Segoviano restaurant in Merida YucatanType: Spanish tapas bar
Neighborhood: Colonia San Ramon Norte
Telephone: Telephone: 999-924-0055, Cell: 999-163-3196
Address: Calle 32 #249, 45 y 47, “Plaza 32” Planta Alta
How to Get There from the Centro: Take the Prolongacion Paseo de Montejo north towards the Burger King underpass. Continue on straight until you reach the signal at Calle 39 at the ‘La Villa’ mall signal where the 7-11 is on the right corner. Go right at this signal and travel until the first glorieta—the glorieta del Pocito or the Blockbuster glorieta. You will see El Segoviano on your left across from Blockbuster. Stay in the left of the glorieta to continue in a U-turn, and it will be immediately on your left. The turn for the parking lot will be on your left. There is a left turn lane to enter their parking lot.
Parking: Lots of parking
Air Conditioned: Inside (no smoking)
Outdoors: Yes (Smoking allowed)
Drinks: Full bar with typical and classic Spanish drinks available.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 1 PM to 1 AM. Sunday, 1 PM to 8 PM.
Notes:Besides the fact that they accept Visa, MC and AMEX, we learned this from our roving restaurant reporter:

Pedro Martin Velasco, the previous owner of the Spanish restaurant, Segovia, that was open for years in Parque Mejorada in the Centro, recently opened this Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant in the north of Merida. Great news, for the food at Segovia was quite delicious, though the location may have left something to be desired.

El Segoviano is designed with a modern-style interior that is spaciously laid out with clean lines and tastefully placed dots of color. The menu includes a broad selection of authentic Spanish food, including but not limited to over two dozen types of tapas, many sopas, carpaccios and pates, embutidos (meats) and bocatas (sandwiches). You can either be a part of a bustling lunch crowd or a relaxing evening crowd; the restaurant offers beautifully preset cloth-covered tables inside with the air conditioning, or outside dining al fresco at the comfortable, casual lounge seating area on the terrace. El Segoviano is a good choice for lunch or dinner.

After we ordered our beverages, the waiter brought a selection of seven different and flavorful toppings to taste along with a basket filled with slices of crusty bread. From the menu we tried the gazpacho soup to start. This was a generous bowl of pureed, spiced and chilled tomatoes accompanied by ramekins of freshly chopped tomatoes, green peppers, red bell peppers and croutons to add in yourself.

We tried three different tapas for the table: Tortilla Espanola, a lovely and light potato-filled round; Pulpos a la Gallega, small bits of octopus prepared with soft potato chunks in a warm olive-oil-based herb sauce and; Champinones al ajillo con queso panela, a warm mushroom dish with a slight hint of the local ajillo chili mixed with panela cheese. Each of the tapas was equally tasty and came with enough sauce to dip the left over crusty bread slices into after consuming the tapas. We chose to sit outside on the open terrace, and we enjoyed the city action going by. Despite some traffic noise, we were able to enjoy talking and there was soft background music throughout the restaurant. The service was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.

The bill for two beers, 1 bowl of gazpacho soup (which was large enough to share), and 3 tapas was $335 pesos. We even had left-overs.

A unique item on the restaurant menu is roasted suckling pig. You must call 24 hours ahead to preorder this dish in order to provide the chef with the number of people in your party so that they can prepare and roast the correct size suckling portion. Working Gringos were fortunate enough to enjoy this dish at the old restaurant, and they attest that it is worth the wait… even in the land of cochinita, it is some of the most flavorful, tender and delicious pork you possibly might ever experience. For this item, there is usually a small prepay required.

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