Salt Bae diners complain about timed bookings at London restaurant

Salt Bae diners complain about timed bookings at London restaurant

11/15/2021

People are talking about Salt Bae’s London restaurant again. 

Over the past few weeks the UK branch of Nusret Gökçe’s famous chain has made headlines for hiring chefs on an hourly wage the same price as the menu’s mashed potato, and for ‘deleting’ bad online reviews.

Now the Knightsbridge outpost has received criticism again, as diners claim they were hurried through their booking by Nusr-Et staff – with one table saying they were given a ‘30-minute warning’ to finish their meal.

It seems customers looking to splash the cash at the notorious restaurant are being told they only have two hours to feast on gold leaf-coated steak and more.

While typically you might expect a restaurant to ask for a table back after a few hours, the high price points at Salt Bae’s venue make this fast turnaround policy slightly harder to accept.

Particularly as it means the diner who went viral for spending £37,000 on their luxury meal forked out nearly £9,300 in just half an hour – or £308 per minute.

One customer shared their thoughts on review website TripAdvisor, expressing their disappointment with many factors – including their timed booking.

They wrote: ‘The steak was above average but not much more, I have been to better steak houses that have no reputation at all compared to the food here.

‘We had no sides delivered and so I asked the waiter if they were on the way. At this point the response became very short and blunt as if I had made a mistake.

‘The staff then came mid meal and warned us that we had 30 minutes (he was placing our sides on the table when he said it!) so that we could allow others to use the table as there is a quick turnover time.’

But it looks like Salt Bae might not be in the UK for much longer, as the meme sensation is leaving to open a new restaurant in Saudi Arabia.

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