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Sea Me

As well as consistently making the Top 20 of Lisbon restaurants, as ranked by Time Out, Sea Me is known for three things: coming up with an original format that is a mix of a modern petisqueira (snack bar) and a traditional marisqueira (seafood eatery); serving above all dishes that feature high-quality fish and shellfish; and being one of the few places in Portugal that pays homage to the country’s gastronomic links with Japan. Start the experience with the fabulous sardine nigiri sushi, move on to a robalo (sea bass) salad with seaweed, and round it off with something like chocos fritos (fried cuttlefish) in their own ink.

Time Out says “A fish restaurant, shellfish eatery, snack bar, sushi restaurant, steak sandwich specialist… Sea Me is a success story despite being a pioneer in multiple respects. It is the exception that proves the rule”

Recipe

Nigiri de Sardinha

Sardine nigiri are a Portuguese-Japanese invention dreamed up by the chefs at Sea Me in homage to Portugal’s favourite fresh fish, and are addictive after the first bite. The base is rice, of the kind most properly used in sushi.First it is washed and left to rest for 30 minutes, then cooked in the same quantity of rice for a further 30 minutes and then mixed with sushi-su sauce (seasoned and sweetened rice vinegar).For the sardines, remove the fillets from each fish and make longitudinal cuts in the flesh. Then sear each one with a blowtorch (they are sold in any kitchen utensils store – so your lack of one is no excuse for giving up). Lay the fillets on top of the rice, nigiri style, and finish with a few crystals of flor de sal salt crystals and a little shichi-mi togarashi, a Japanese seven-spice mix.

Ingredients

SARDINES
1 KG FRESH SARDINES
FLOR DE SAL SALT CRYSTALS
SHICHI-MI TOGARASHI

RICE
RICE (SHARI)
1.8 KG RICE
700 ML SUSHI-SU
1.8 ML WATER

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