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The manager at Salt Bae’s London restaurant has defended its infamously high prices.
Salt Bae - real name Nusret Gökçe - has a number of restaurants across the world, but his recently opened Knightsbridge restaurant hit headlines shortly after it opened for its £100 burgers, £11 cans of Red Bull and £850 golden Tomahawk steak sprinkled with gold leaf.
But now, manager Mr Mehmed has spoken out to defend the prices, insisting it's worth what you pay.
He told My London: "Some people, they want to just talk. People have complained because they have seen bills on social media for people who’ve paid £10,000 for a bottle of wine.
"But you can find these prices all around London. The service and the quality we are providing is extremely high.
"It’s more interactive than most restaurants - we cook and prepare the food in front of you, like our traditional baklava, which is a very popular dessert."
Speaking about the gold leafed steak, he explained that the fancy touch ‘doesn’t improve the taste or change the quality’ of the meat but insisted it was ‘the best in London’.
The restaurant has proved popular with celebrities, with David Beckham and Gemma Collins both popping in since it’s opened.
The manager believes the restaurant offers a top notch experience for diners.
Mehmed added: "We are also successful because the brand is popular and well-known with customers around the world.
"We show hospitality, we show everyone to their table and cut the meat in front of them."
The salt sprinkling chef announced last month he was leaving his London restaurant to go to Saudi Arabia to open a venue in Riyadh.
Taking to his Instagram story, Salt Bae wrote: "Sunday [7 November] is my last day in London. I will go to Riyadh to open my 28th restaurant.
"Sunday is my last day in Lovely London. I want to see you beautiful people before I go."
He became a social media sensation thanks to his unorthodox seasoning method which came to light back in 2017. Now, he owns a global chain of steakhouses.
And Mehmed claims his London one is the most successful, telling My London it’s made more money than any of the others.
He told the news outlet: “So far, so good.”
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