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Just in case you thought things couldn't get weirder right now, internet sensation Salt Bae has finally opened his long-awaited UK restaurant, and it's caused quite a bit of drama after receipts from the restaurant were posted online.
It's only been four years since Salt Bae became, well, Salt Bae. The video of Turkish butcher Nusret Gökçe sprinkling salt onto steak has racked up almost 17m views and Gökçe has opened 15 of his Nusr-Et Steakhouses around the globe.
The drama all started earlier this month following the opening of his latest location in Knightsbridge, London. Quickly a diner posted an £1,812 receipt online and people started calling out the venue's high prices. But if you thought nearly two grand was bad wait until you see the latest receipt posted online... £37,023.12... Yep, you read that right.
In all fairness to Salt Bae, the majority of the bill seems to come from the drinks: two bottles of champagne and three bottles of wine, although that £18 asparagus isn't exactly a bargain.
A few weeks earlier, just as the restaurant had opened, a diner posted a receipt showing that a single Tomahawk steak at Nusr-Et Knightsbridge was priced at £630, a golden burger (yes that's right) costs £100 while you'll pay £18 for a single onion flower (?). Quickly Twitter chaos ensued...
the funniest thing about salt bae is that even if you give him a negative review he’s already won. you’ve just dropped £600 on a gold leaf steak you didn’t have to buy - the joke is completely on you.
— axaxaxas lmaö (@demarionunn) September 27, 2021
the salt bae restaurant fascinating because it's a grift that can only work in a particular constellation of wealth inequality, where people who are pretty rich are being vastly overcharged so they can play at being super mega rich to show off to people who aren't rich at all
— michael wave: gourd boy edition (@SzMarsupial) September 27, 2021
Meanwhile others got started calling out the orders on the almost £2,000 bill, with many people asking why anyone would ever order a steak and a Red Bull. Hey, each to their own... except when Red Bulls are £11 each.
£44 for 4 redbulls??? Is salt bae okay 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/fppPGd0Lv9
— Septimus Prime (@septimusajprime) September 27, 2021
those people washed down steak with red bull but salt bae is the villain?
— Isaac Kariuki (@isaac_pdf) September 28, 2021
You drank Red Bull with your overpriced steak? Excuse me while I put on a judgemental face pic.twitter.com/8nbnZBen00
— marcus (@marcusjdl) September 28, 2021
You'd be fuming if you just had a salad and a water wouldn't you?