Don’t get us wrong, we’re delighted the hospitality industry has been able to remain open since lockdown restrictions were lifted a few months ago and it’s brilliant to see bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and street food traders all busier than ever. However, one restaurant in particular is courting a ton of controversy due to it’s eye watering prices.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few years, you’ll be pretty familiar with the work of Salt Bae.
Real name Nusret Gökçe, the Turkish chef shot to prominence a few years ago when he went viral for the manner in which he sprinkled salt on overpriced beef.
Celebrities queued up to be snapped with him, posing for pictures and watching in glee as flakes of sea salt cascaded down his arms and onto steak which has been roundly criticised by a plethora of respected food critics from around the world.
And now, Bae is causing chaos in England after opening his first restaurant in the UK, with Nusr-Et opening in London recently.
But if you’re hoping to see the man in action, be prepared to cough up SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY POUNDS.
Yep, over £600 for a steak.
Or maybe you’d prefer the ‘Golden Burger’ for £100? An onion flower for £18? How about a non-alcoholic Virgin Mojito for £11 or an £11 Red Bull OR, better yet a NINE POUND Coca Cola on the side of those fries that cost you a tenner and the £200 asado for two.
Naturally, social media has been ablaze ever since…
What do you make of the Salt Bae phenomenon? A total scam or a hilarious grifting of the rich and uncool?