DINING AT MENSA
"Mensa" derives its name from the Italian word, meaning a "large, welcoming table." This is a fair indication of the atmosphere and service our team provides during your dining experience. At Mensa, traditional Italian cuisine is escalated into powerful Pourtuguese flavors, as guests are transported back in time to old childhood memories of coveted home-cooked dishes with each bite taken. The large, bright, and chic dining room is full of noises of laughter, chatter, and clinking glasses, as Mensa has become a home away from home for avid lovers, and critics, of the Italian cuisine.
Hand-Made Pasta and Fresh Seafood Dishes Inspired from Northern Italy
RESERVE A TABLE
Dine on the outdoor terraces of Mensa Restaurant with the calming views and sounds of the hotel pool and waterfall. Indulge in the fresh flavors of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean as our experienced teams prepare fresh produce to be served directly onto your plate. For lunch, order a drink from our wide selection of beverages including our cold-pressed juices, paired with a small bite or two from the tapas menu, and followed by a family dip in the pool. For dinner, enjoy the full Mensa Italian menu with a bottle of wine as you gaze up at the stars with a loved one in the perfect romantic dining atmosphere.
Óscar Gomes, 28, was born and raised in the center of Febres, Cantanhede, Coimbra. Gomes graduated as a Chef from Coimbra School of Hospitality and Tourism. Inspired by the flavors and aromas of the Bairrada terroir, it was at his paternal grandmother's home that he discovered his passion for cooking. Between the countryside and the sea, the commitment to tradition makes a kitchen's cuisine the perfect blend of creativity, with respect for the local products and for the childhood memories behind each dish. After working in several hotels, Gomes moved to Mensa Restaurant at the time of the opening of Malibu Foz Hotel in 2019 with the hopes of challenging himself by perfecting traditional Italian cuisine, while adding striking and rich flavors prominent in traditional Portugueuse food. The result is an exotic genre of cuisine found nowhere else.