Marlene goes veggie
After her record-breaking sales success with octopus in the Time Out Market, and winning the competition for the city’s best patanisca (fritter), Marlene Vieira now enters a new championship – that of vegetarian dishes. Octopus is territory already thoroughly explored by Marlene Vieira, with her polvo à lagareiro (roast, with olive oil and garlic) and polvo com novas texturas (with new textures) winning over many fans in her restaurant in the Time Out Market. In May the chef entered the competition for Lisbon’s best patanisca with the octopus fritters that the market has known and loved since she took part in the pop-up Time Out Market at the Rock in Rio music festival last year. They won the recognition they deserved. In the Time Out Market itself, the chef is known for her dishes of the day, which sell like hot cakes. From Monday to Sunday there is a different dish every day in her space in the Market. Now she has added a further seven dishes of the day to her already long list, but now with the particularity that they are all vegetarian. The decision responds to the many requests from customers that she add more vegetarian options – beyond the pumpkim and goat’s cheese risotto – and keeping up with the trend in many countries away from meat and fish, whether for reasons of ethics, health or environmental sustainability. So Marlene Vieira is now on the green team. The chef’s vegetarian menu now includes dishes such as pumpkin, leek, asparagus and quinoa quiche (Monday), vegetable fritters with tomato and bean rice (Tuesday), roast vegetables with queijo da ilha cheese from the Azores (Wednesday), a tiborna (open sandwich) with poached egg and tomato sauce (Thursday), seitan steak with mushroom and soya sauce (Friday), vegetable curry with aromatic rice (Saturday) and creamy mushroom rice (Sunday). Both the roast vegetable dish (without cheese) and the vegetable curry are vegan.