photo credit: Natalie Schaefer
Expectations often lead to disappointment. Which is why we usually try to keep them low when visiting a new spot. Except in the case of Saltie Girl, a seafood restaurant in Mayfair, with an original spot in the US that our Boston colleagues loved so much, that it made that whole zero expectations thing kind of hard. But this slick, under-the-sea themed spot with mermaids coming out of the walls and shell-shaped lamp shades, blew any expectations out of the water (yep, shameless pun). The energy of this place is laid-back and fun, with aqua-coloured walls that whisk you far away from Mayfair, and a huge neon sign in the toilet mirror making it near-impossible to resist whipping out your phone for a cheeky selfie. Even the dishes are hit after hit—from a lobster roll with an industrial amount of butter and a side of homemade salt and vinegar crisps that would make Walkers' stocks plummet if word got out, to a lobster waffle that has the perfect ratio of sweet to savoury. You should absolutely save some stomach space for dessert because the freshly baked milk chocolate cookie might just be one of the best desserts in London.
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