Its peculiar way of salting meat or its gold-plated steaks have made viral to Nusret Gökçe on more than one occasion. Now this eccentric Turkish chef, better known as Salt Bae, is once again News for another reason: a millionaire who recently dined at the new restaurant The City of London Meat Shop has asserted through the social networks that is not worth it”.
Since chef Nusret Gökçe opened his new Nusr-Et Steakhouse in the luxurious neighborhood of Knightsbridge in the English capital last month, more than one diner has been surprised by the excessive cost of table service, which came to 6,900 dollars, and numerous customers expressed their dismay over the accounts at the end of the night through social media.
According to Chiraag Suchak, a 33-year-old contractor who works for investment banks and identifies as a millionaire, a meal at the restaurant isn’t even worth it. “How could a man justify charging $ 15 for a drink or $ 870 for a steak?”, commented to the British media MyLondon about his experience at London’s new Salt Bae store.
At the restaurant, Suchak ordered fried onions for US $ 2, asparagus for US $ 2, mashed potatoes for US $ 16.50 and French fries for US $ 13.80, according to the aforementioned outlet, which noted that he I was a bit surprised and “disappointed” for the prices. In addition to some drinks and some wine that his friend ordered, he told MyLondon that his portion of the bill, which includes a 15% service charge, was $ 207.
When asked about the food they serve at the steakhouse, Suchak began by acknowledging that “I wasn’t even that hungry” when he got to the Turkish chef’s place, before admitting it was good, but he doesn’t think it’s worth the price charged. “I would say that the food is good, but it is not worth the price they charge”he said, adding: “I have definitely tried better”.
He wasn’t the only one who thought that, as he pointed out that his friends, who ordered the $ 138 steak and golden burger, came to the same conclusion. According to Suchak, from what his friends said, “The steak is definitely not surprising”. In the end, he concluded that people go to the steakhouse for the “experience” and that diners are actually paying for the “hype.”
“You actually go for the experience, the atmosphere, and to take a selfie with the chef. You’re paying to see Nusr-Et and the way he cuts the steak with his black gloves, and what he does when he squeezes the burger “, said. “You are paying for advertising”he commented.
Suchak’s criticism comes after social media users suggested the letter prices and receipts that went viral must be a “Public relations trick” after a photo posted on Reddit will show the bill of US $ 50,888 (£ 37,023) presented to a table of four after a recent meal at the restaurant.
Salt Bae became a notable figure in the restaurant industry after gaining fame in a viral video, Ottoman Steak, in 2017 with a video of himself cutting meat and sprinkling salt and posted on his local Twitter account.
After receiving more than 10 million views on Instagram, he was dubbed Salt Bae due to its iconic way of sprinkling or pouring the salt by letting it fall onto your forearm and then spreading it over the meat.