Diners were left stunned by prices at Salt Bae’s premier UK restaurant with £ 630 steak and £ 100 burger on the menu
Diners were shocked at the opening of the first UK restaurant in Salt Bae, where the menu includes a £ 630 steak and a £ 9 Coke.
The man behind the new steak joint is Nusret Gökçe, who became an internet sensation in 2017 when a video of him seasoning a steak while theatrically dropping salt from a height went viral.
The Turkish chef opened Nusr-Et Steakhouse in London last week – one of 15 he owns in the world and his first in the UK.
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But after a guest posted a copy of his receipt for a restaurant meal online, stunned commentators called the establishment’s prices “absolutely ridiculous” and “obscene,” the Manchester Evening News reported.
Prices are not listed on the restaurant’s website, but according to the receipt, Knightsbridge restaurant also charges £ 11 for Red Bull, £ 12 for sweetcorn and £ 100 for a ‘golden burger’.
Along with the giant tomahawk steak at £ 630, other dishes on the menu include a breaded and fried ‘onion flower’ for £ 18 and a rack of lamb for £ 200.
Author Francisco Garcia posted a copy of his receipt – which amounted to £ 1,812.40, including a service charge of £ 236.40 – on Twitter, with the caption: “Salt Bae is the biggest artist living in the world “.
One person replied, “Honestly, this must be a wake-up call. Absolutely ridiculous spending that kind of money on a meal, it’s just obscene.
“You are clearly being ripped off, it’s there in black and white to see, no cut of beef is worth £ 630, you were charged £ 11 for a can of Red Bull. FFS”
Someone else wrote: ‘I don’t care how good it is if you spend £ 630 for a steak and £ 9 for a coke you don’t deserve the money’, while a another person pointed out: “You could fly to Istanbul, eat the same meal and return for less than that”
Salt Bae isn’t the only chef to be criticized for his expensive menu, with Tom Kerridge having recently had to defend the £ 87 price for a steak in one of his pubs.
The TV cook charges £ 87 for a sirloin steak at his pub, The Hand and Flowers – while lamb main course costs £ 69 and a spicy venison loin £ 60, while a side of cabbage costs £ 7.50.
A dish of smoked salmon priced at £ 42.50 is the most expensive starter on the menu, while another of its restaurants serves Britain’s most expensive fish and chips, for £ 32.50.
But Kerridge has stepped in to defend the prices, saying the costs are high because he pays his staff a living wage.
He said: “These prices include everything, VAT and service. No additional service charges. In addition, I pay the staff well and consider their work a professional career.
“Maybe the real cost of meals should be addressed. Unpretentious doesn’t mean cheap.”
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