CARNAL: “Libre” and open to the world
CARNAL. Pleasure of the flesh and of the spirit. Proof of love, sign of confidence, a bet on the future. On hijos of 100, people who grew up and built roots in the restaurants of 100 Maneiras’ group: Manuel Maldonado (executive chef), Miguel Santos (operations manager), Luis Ortiz (head chef) and João Sancheira (head bartender).
In CARNAL, a Mexican gastrobar with no need for labels, we are guided by the curves of the Quetzalcoatl that winds across the ceiling, flying over our heads as we stroll around the space. Attracted by the masks hanging on the stone walls, peeled, naked, raw. Intrigued by the “free mythology” put on canvas by the artist of this-world-and-the-other, Carlito Dalceggio.
It is a collective story that is told here. A great art installation, unique and organic, where food, drinks, music and arts merge as one. Where the antojitos, tacos, quesadillas, los principales and los dulces from the menu are “written” on hand-painted stoneware without rules or straight lines.
Where the tequila and mezcal-based cocktails combine the world of gastronomy with the universe of the bar in a gastronomical approach to classic mixology. Behind that huge wooden and terracotta counter, 10 signature cocktails have been created (in addition to mocktails, classics, spirits and beers) with ingredients such as shitake mushrooms, cacao, habanero, corn, celery bulb and beets, among many fruits and herbs, not so common on a bar menu but that shine here, without being limited by preconceptions, representing what is the motto of the space: “Libre”.
Creativity is associated with poverty, exhibiting necessity as the engine of inventiveness. Modesty is sprinkled with spice, to end up with shame. Products are imported from Mexico to glorify the land, to catapult the origins. And to shout with or without accent: we are free! Deliciously free.
CARNAL opened on November 20, 2021, on Rua da Misericórdia, 78, where the bar Double 9 used to be, inside 9Hotel Mercy.
Ljubomir Stanisic, Nelson Santos, Nuno Faria, Miguel Ângelo Fernandes, Manuel Maldonado and Miguel Santos are the partners of this gastrobar with the signature of 100 Maneiras.
Rua da Misericórdia, 78, Lisbon (9Hotel Mercy)
Every day, from 6pm to 2am (reservations available until 7.30pm)
+351 913 463 232 / firstname.lastname@example.org