Mexico city, Mexico
January 2, 2006
This is an extremely famous seafood restaurant in Guadalajara, there is a lot of competition, as Puerto Vallarta and other small fishing communities are 4 hours' drive, so fresh seafood is something very normal here. But if you ask any cabbie for a good restaurant, they will invariably mention El Carnal and El Negro in their lists.I had a light lunch consisting of tacos de camaron empanizado (breaded shrimp taco with melted Chihuahua cheese), tacos de filete empanizado (breaded fish fillet taco), and a tostada de marlin (fried flat tortilla with marlin on top) they were really excellent and filling, those plus a soda added to $58 pesos and my only desire was to have more room in my stomach to return and eat more.In their menu, there are very intesting options, like the pineapple filled with seafood or the tierra y mar dish (land and sea, wich combines meat and fish on the same plate). The seafood offerings are extensive: all kinds of shrimp plates ranging from steam-broiled to au gratin and deviled ones, passing through breaded and grilled. They also offer conch when it's the season, as well as oysters in 10 different styles. Some of the plates are so huge, you need to go with two or three friends to make it happen.
In Mexico, it's normal to ask for a cocktail, whether it is of shrimp, octopus, fish, oysters, etc. All go with some chopped tomato, onion, parsley, ketchup, and hot spicy sauces--never to forget the touch of limón (lime for Americans) that adds life to all the seafood.If you don't like seafood (weird, as this is the specialty of the house), you can have carne arrachera (extremely soft steak), which won't disappoint you. We had it for New Year's dinner, and it was delicious and tender. Wow!The one I visited is very close to Plaza del Sol. If you are walking, locate the Sanborns or Presidente Hotel, and it will be two blocks on that street. There is a huge, luminous sign, so you can't miss it. But there are several branches around the city.The only problem I found in this restaurant is a big one--they close daily at 5pm! That is not fair for us hungry and craving people--how can they treat us so badly?Website: http://mariscoselcarnal.com/, but only in Spanish.
From journal The Gastronomic Tour of Guadalajara