Once upon a time, eating lobsters was a sign of poverty.
They were fed to prisoners. They were used as fertiliser. It got so bad that maids & servants in 19th century Boston would have it specifically written into their contracts that they weren’t to have it more than three times a week.
Things have changed just a touch.
Now, we’ve just gotten an international outpost of one of Boston’s most revered lobster spots, the Saltie Girl Seafood Bar, and it’s in Mayfair. It’s got esteemed neighbours like BiBi and Le Gavroche. And it’s certainly not serving prison food.
That’s beurre blanc, by the way
The space they;ve moved into is a spacious former Italian spot fronted by a huge, floor-to-ceiling window checkerboarded with small-pane glass. And they’ve given it a lick of New England-chic decor, with a marble bar, and some marine green coloured walls.
The menu involves all manner of seafood towers, NY-style smoked fish, crab toasts, lobster waffles, shrimp cocktails, and whole back bass to share. But the main event is the lobster roll, which is served warm or cold, New England style, with a generous smothering in a silky beurre blanc. They do a good line in tinned seafood too.
To wash it all down is a list of cocktails, including numbers like the Pineapple, which blends vodka with lemongrass and citrus soda, and goes well with pretty much all seafood, lobster included.
And, by coincidence, they make it behind bars.
NOTE: Saltie Girl Seafood Bar is open now. You can find out more, and make a booking at the website right HERE.
Saltie Girl Seafood Bar | 15 N Audley St, W1K 6WW
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