Foodies shocked after diners rack up $70k bill on gold-leaf encrusted steaks at celebrity chef Salt Bae's restaurant

Salt bae sprinkling salt, steakhouse bill
Fellow foodies called the bill "outrageous". Photo credit: Instagram/Reddit.

If you're a foodie who dreamed of dining at the table of celebrity chef 'Salt Bae', you may want to think again - it turns out it's not a dream that comes cheap. 

Celebrity chef Nusret Gokce, dubbed by many online as 'Salt Bae', is a handsome Istanbul-based butcher and owner of the popular restaurant chain Nusr-Et Steakhouse. 

Gokce became an internet sensation back in 2017 for the flamboyant way he sprinkled salt on meat. 

Now with 13 restaurants around the world, Gokce opened his first UK restaurant earlier this year, and London diners have reportedly been flocking to try the gold-leaf encrusted steaks and baklavas. 

But after a Reddit user posted a Snapchat screenshot of a diner's receipt into the 'London' sub-Reddit, fellow Londoners were shocked at the insane bills the restaurant racks up. 

With 'golden tomahawk' steak coming in at £850 (NZ$1650), four golden baklavas for £200 (NZ$400), and some absolutely eye-watering booze prices - the diners managed to rack up a £37,000 bill. That's about NZ$71,870. 

The cheapest items listed on the receipt -  besides the water - were mashed potatoes and sautéed mushrooms which came to £12 each.

"Now this is just outrageous…" the Reddit user captioned the post. 

But others had less sympathy and were unable to believe that anyone would rack up such an astronomical bill at an "average" restaurant to begin with. 

"Daylight robbery," one person called it, adding: " At least with Michelin [starred restaurants] you have somewhere that's been stringently deemed to charge high amounts. And it would cost about 37x less!" 

"Why do people keep posting receipts from a shitty restaurant? Is it some sort of anti-flex to say 'I'm rich but also very very stupid and don't have good taste'?" another questioned. 

According to the Daily Mail, last month another customer's receipt went viral after coming in over £1000, and reportedly "a flurry of reviews appearing to criticise the restaurant when it first opened" have since disappeared.