Salt Bye! Showman 'Salt Bae' is leaving London eatery for Saudi Arabia

Salt BYE! Showman restaurateur ‘Salt Bae’ is set to leave his London Nusr-Et steakhouse where diners have footed £37,000 bills after two months… so he can open lavish eatery in Saudi Arabia

  • Salt Bae took to social media to reveal he is set to leave London for Saudi Arabia
  • The meat-loving Turkish chef, 38, is set to cut the ribbon on new eatery in Riyadh
  • He opened  newest restaurant Nsur-Et in Knightsbridge, London, in September
  • The site opened to mixed reviews with some sharing eye-watering £37,000 bills  

It will be Salt Bye from Salt Bae on Sunday, when the internet meme turned global restaurateur leaves London to open a new lavish eatery.

The meat-loving Turkish chef, 38, is jetting out to Saudi Arabia where he will cut the ribbon on his newest restaurant, in Riyadh.

It comes after Salt Bae – real name Nusret Gökçe – spent the last two months in London while opening and promoting his flagship restaurant, Nsur-Et.

The theatrical meat slicing chef has been a regular fixture at the Knightsbridge eatery, where diners have racked-up eye-watering £37,000 bills. 

While in the capital, Salt Bae has shown off his salt-smattering skills tableside for adoring fans, including Wayne and Colleen Rooney.

But today he took to social media to announce he and his theatrical knife-wielding techniques will be heading off to Saudi Arabia to open his 28th restaurant. 

Sharing a picture of himself holding up a gold-covered Tomahawk steak – which costs £850 at Nsur-Et – he said: ‘Sunday is my last day in London. I will go to Riyadh to open my 28th restaurant.’

Sharing a picture of himself holding up a gold-covered Tomahawk steak – which costs £850 at Nsur-Et – he said: ‘Sunday is my last day in London. I will go to Riyadh to open my 28th restaurant’

It comes after Salt Bae – real name Nusret Gökçe – spent the last two months in London while opening and promoting his flagship restaurant, Nsur-Et (pictured)

Along with London, Salt Bae owns restaurants in Turkey, Greece, the United States, and Dubai, among other locations.

Salt Bae – who became an internet sensation after a video of him theatrically seasoning meat went viral – opened his Knightsbridge restaurant in September to mixed reviews. 

While the restaurant attracted a host of celebrity guests, many of whom swanned to the eatery to get pictures and videos with the man himself, it was slammed as ‘a rip off’ by others. 

A receipt posted to Reddit by an anonymous user showed an eye-watering £37,000 receipt from October 8, with the service charge alone totalling £4,829.10.

A customer has been slammed after spending £37.000 at celebrity restaurant Nusr-Et Steakhouse in London’s Knightsbridge 

The upscale eatery chain is owned by Turkish butcher-turned-chef Nusret Gokce, better known as Salt Bae, whose theatrical salt-sprinkling antics have earned him over 38million followers on Instagram

Shared with the caption ‘Now this is just outrageous’, it shows a Snapchat screengrab of the receipt, with the diner  complaining  ‘That’s just taking the p***’.

The receipt shows that almost £30,000 of the meal was spent on expensive alcohol, while a gold-encrusted steak came to £850 and 20 Baklavas came to £600.

The cheapest items, besides the water, were the mashed potatoes and sautéed mushrooms which came to £12 each.

Commenting on the receipt, one Reddit user wrote: ‘Daylight robbery. At least with Michelin you have somewhere that’s been stringently deemed to charge high amounts. And it would cost about 37x less!’

Celebrity restaurant Nusr-Et Steakhouse has been accused of ‘deleting negative reviews’, after a customer’s eye-watering bill went viral last month

London diners will be able to get their hands on the 24-Carat gold Tomhawk steak, which has previously been a menu item in their Dubai branch (pictured) 


The menu includes gold plated steaks (right)  – which cost up to £1000 and a £100 golden burger (left)


As well as golden cuts of a meat (left) the restaurant also has golden balaclava (right) for dessert

However many users felt the customers were to blame, with one writing: ‘Receipts from this place are just the latest social media flex. I don’t know why anyone should care.’

Another added: ‘Why do people keep posting receipts from a s***** restaurant? Is it some sort of anti-flex to say “I’m rich but also very very stupid and don’t have good taste”?’ 

‘It’s a humble brag. Posting your receipt for a £30k meal whilst simultaneously expressing outrage at the cost,’ another wrote.

Elsewhere one said: ‘I’m not commenting on the price cos that’s been established as largely from alcohol that these people specifically selected’.

However many users felt the customers were to blame, with one writing: ‘Receipts from this place are just the latest social media flex. I don’t know why anyone should care.’

Another added: ‘Why do people keep posting receipts from a s***** restaurant? Is it some sort of anti-flex to say “I’m rich but also very very stupid and don’t have good taste”?’

Google reviews currently show a 4.8 star rating – with the site stating it was ‘updated by the business a week ago.

 This week the restaurant was accused of ‘deleting negative reviews’, after a customer’s eye-watering bill went viral last month. 

Last month a customer’s receipt from went viral after totalling a staggering £1,812.40 earning the restaurant an onslaught of backlash, however Google reviews currently show a 4.8 star rating – with the site stating it was ‘updated by the business a week ago.

According to My London News, ‘a flurry of reviews appearing to criticise the restaurant when it first opened’ have since ‘disappeared. 

The upscale eatery chain is owned by Turkish butcher-turned-chef Nusret Gokce, whose theatrical salt-sprinkling antics have earned him a celebrity following  including David Beckham

The 38-year-old, who has been nicknamed Salt Bae by fans, currently has 17 restaurants in his successful chain and has a legion of celebrity devotees including DJ Khaled, Leonardo DiCaprio

The restaurant now boasts 4.8 stars on Google and 4.7 stars on Facebook, where one client writes: ‘What can I say apart from WOW! Yes the prices are not cheap but you get what you pay for in regards to service, ambience and quality of food and drinks.’

Only one less flattering review remains, with a customer branding it ‘too expensive’ and ‘not child friendly’.

FEMAIL has contacted Nusr-et Steakhouse for comment. 

The restaurant now boasts 4.8 stars on Google and 4.7 stars on Facebook, where one client writes: ‘What can I say apart from WOW! Yes the prices are not cheap but you get what you pay for in regards to service, ambience and quality of food and drinks. 

‘I was lucky enough to meet Nusret and he’s a lovely, humble man. The theatre of performing the signature steak slicing by Nusret and then later the Baklava by another gentleman was absolutely fantastic.’

Only one less flattering review remains, with a customer branding it ‘too expensive’ and ‘not child friendly’.  

Is that a 24-carat bargain? Sunderland restauranteur charges £100 for gold-covered tomahawk steaks that Salt Bae sells for £850 

A Sunderland butcher with the golden touch has come up with his own cut-price version of Salt Bae’s infamous gold-covered tomahawk steak.

Priced at £100, the steak by John Stirk leaves less of a hole in the pocket than Nusret Gökçe’s (Salt Bae) £850 offering at his Knightbridge restaurant.

Mr Stirk, who is also a restaurateur by trade, said he wanted to emulate the celebrated dish at an affordable price, The I reports.    

The 35-year-old said: ‘I don’t think Salt Bae is the problem, fair play to him. I think people posting pictures of their receipts is. 

Sunderland butcher and restaurateur John Stirk has recreated Salt Bae’s now infamous recipe, priced at an affordable £100 at his restaurant ‘The Broadway – Stirks Steakhouse’

‘Bills for thousands of pounds, sharing them on social media, it’s vulgar. I know people around here who earn less per month than the price of a dinner.

‘I want people to come to my restaurants and have a good, honest meal. I want them to enjoy the food and rave about that. Not the money they spend.’ 

Mr Stirk says he has already sold over 40 gilded tomahawk steaks since adding the option to his menu over the weekend. 

The business owner is a former contestant on the BBC’s Young Butcher of the Year and founded his butcher’s shop in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, ten years ago. 

He branched out with a nearby restaurant five years later, named ‘The Broadway: Stirks Steakhouse’ and he has since opened a second venue in Durham.

Mr Stirk bills his restaurants as ‘traditional British-Italian steakhouses’ and his top price for a large tomahawk was previously £30 before his chefs started gilding them.

‘We source our meat from local farms and we care about the food, not the glamour,’ he added.

Nusret Gökçe (Salt Bae), 38, poses on Instagram with a chargrilled tomahawk steak wrapped in 24-carat gold-leaf and priced at more than £700

‘It’s a dry-aged steak cooked well. We’ll cover it in gold for you, no problem. It requires a fair bit of skill by the way – there’s craftsmanship involved.

‘If people want to go to Knightsbridge and pay £850, then go ahead. Our customers have been keen on our £100 steak. Obviously we make money of ours, too. But I think it’s a lot more accessible.

‘I think the difference here is we’re doing good, grass-fed beef from Northumberland and the North East, and the fact we’ve already sold over 40 shows there’s obvious appeal to wrapping stuff in gold.’

Salt Bae, 38, has become a culinary icon in Britain since he opened his restaurant Nusr-et in west London and boasts nearly 40m Instagram followers. 

Queues outside his restaurant and a flurry of pictures on Instagram have added to the appeal of the restaurant – which has been graced by celebrities Rio Ferdinand and reality TV presenter Gemma Collins. 

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