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Marisqueira Azul

What really makes a great marisqueira (seafood eatery) is neither the location nor the space itself. It is the produce, the suppliers, the waiters and the kitchen staff. With that in mind, the team from Azul came here with the promise of bringing produce from the best suppliers of locally caught seafood to the stalls in the Mercado da Ribeira. But they also brought Manuel Aguiar, one of the people in Portugal who knows most about shellfish, and Nuno Bergonse, a chef with proven expertise in haute cuisine, but who enjoys embarking on adventures with fine Portuguese produce.

Time Out says “This marisqueira respects the two basic requisites of the role: serving fresh shellfish and offering ice-cold draught beer. But it also makes notable efforts to bring a touch of modernity to this traditional format.”

Recipe

Caranguejo de casca mole frito

It is not easy to find soft-shelled crab on sale. The ones used at Marisqueira Azul come from Indonesia – “they are caught there just as they’re changing their shell,” explains Manuel Aguiar, who runs the restaurant’s kitchen – and marketed by a German company. To cook them, though, does not demand great expertise. Each one is dipped in cornflour and fried in oil for a minute (for a 60-gramme crab) or a minute and a half (for an 80-gramme crab). They are then seasoned with a little fine salt and drops of lemon juice. For the tartare sauce, mix in a bowl the mayonnaise, parsley, egg, pickles and a few drops of lemon juice, with pepper to taste. Mix well.

Ingredients

1 KG SOFT-SHELLED CRABS
CORNFLOUR
OIL
FINE SALT
LEMON

SAUCE
TARTARE SAUCE
MAYONNAISE
PARSLEY, FINELY CHOPPED
1 BOILED EGG, FINELY CHOPPED
PICKLES, FINELY CHOPPED
LEMON
PEPPER

Receita Marisqueira Azul | Time Out Market Lisboa