Fury at celebrity chef’s $1200 dish

Nusret Gökçe, who became an internet sensation as ‘Salt Bae’, recently opened his 15th restaurant in Knightsbridge.

But diners hoping to visit for dinner might be better advised to book a flight to the eatery in Istanbul, Turkey instead – as the trip would be cheaper.

A bill from Nusr-Et Steakhouse in the capital shows the hungry diner paid out a whopping £1812 ($A3390) in total.

Fury at celebrity chef’s $1200 dish

The receipt shows the customer bought a single ‘golden burger’, which cost $A190, a $A43 salad, two prawn tempura rolls costing $A113, and a $A19 corn on the cob.

The priciest item is a $A1180 ‘giant tomahawk’ steak, which is covered with gold leaf.

However, even smaller items come with a hefty price tag.

An onion flower costs $A34, while a Coke is $A17 and a Red Bull is $A20.

The only item on the menu without cost is Turkish tea, which is apparently served for free.

The whopping bill included a 15 per cent service charge of almost $A443.

One Twitter user said: “It’s cheaper to fly and have food at Salt Bae’s Turkish restaurant than to go to the London one.

“£9 for coke. £630 for tomahawk steak. No thank you.”

Another added: “There’s a line where high restaurant prices stop being rip-offs and become a kind of performance art.

“I think Salt Bae’s new London restaurant has soared past it.”

And a third said the chef must be “having a laugh”.

Salt Bae’s Istanbul restaurant doesn’t show prices on its online menu.

However, TripAdvisor reviews reveal diners who bought one beef carpaccio, three burgers, three desserts and three soft drinks were charged more than $A140.

While that may seem steep for dinner without wine in Turkey, it’s small change compared to London prices.

Despite that, the Knightsbridge branch appears to be fully booked for weeks to come.

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Time Out reports that it’s “basically impossible to get a seat” – suggesting there are plenty of high-rollers prepared to pay out for dinner.

And former The Only Way is Essex star Gemma Collins recently dined on the tomahawk steak during a date night with her boyfriend Rami Hawash.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was republished with permission

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