Inside Salt Bae’s Qatar restaurant with £520 steak as customers blast ‘worst fillet ever’ after chef pestered Messi | The Sun
20th December 2022

WORLD Cup legends and the boss of international football lapped up gold-encrusted steaks at Salt Bae's restaurant in Qatar in recent weeks.

But other diners were less than impressed at the pricey "overhyped" grub – with one reviewer slating it for the "worst fillet ever".

Instagram star Salt Bae – real name Nusret Gökçe – made a surprise appearance on the pitch after Sunday's World Cup final in Doha.

In embarrassing scenes, the fame hungry chef was filmed badgering Lionel Messi and snatching the gold trophy from irritated Argentina players.

He has previously courted a friendship with Fifa boss Gianni Infantino – who gave him a massive hug when he visited the Nusra-Et steakhouse in Doha last month.

He was filmed saying: “Football unites the world and Nusrat unites the world as well.”

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Former Brazil striker Ronaldo and left back Roberto Carlos – world cup winners in 2002 – enjoyed a slap-up meal there on November 28.

Current squad players Vinicius Jr, Gabriel Jesus, Éder Militão and Bremer also joined the party after they beat Switzerland.

Vinicius was filmed laughing with delight as Gökçe laid a hunk of gold-plated beef on the table – then fed a slice to Ronaldo from the tip of his huge knife.

In all, the group's bill came to £6,550, according to reports.

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England's Jack Grealish, Poland ace Robert Lewandowski and the Spanish team also visited during the tournament.

Non-VIP diners expect to pay a fortune for the chance to brag on Instagram and perhaps get a selfie with Salt Bae.

Those that don't meet him can still get a pic in front of a giant mural of the chef in his famous "sprinkle" pose.

The cheapest bottle of champagne in the Doha restaurant costs £430.

The steaks cost from £75 up to £520 for the "golden Ottoman", a bone-in ribeye coated with 24-carat gold leaf.

Even a burger will set diners back £79.

On Tripadvisor, Nusra-Et Doha has an average of four stars from 165 reviews.

Some hailed it as "heaven for meat lovers" – but many of the recent reviews are stinkers.

One diner who went last week said: "What a load of hyped up rubbish.

"Just seems to be an overpriced PR stunt. Don’t bother."

A two-star review from September said: "Service was great along with atmosphere.

"Ordered the Filet Mignon and should have ordered something else. Worse Filet ever. Temperature was good but it had no flavor…completely bland."

Other reviews complain of cold chips "reminiscent of industrially produced food" and supermarket condiments in plastic squeezy bottles "like at a roadside diner".

Another customer who went in March said: "The restaurant manager was rude and unhelpful when I raised my concern over the food being served cold.

"Fries were completely cold and burger had been standing for a long time before served. Worst customer service in Doha."

Last month, Salt Bae sparked fury for boasting how a group racked up a bill for £140,584 at his diner in Abu Dhabi.

A single steak from the evening was over £1,000, and the group spent almost £115,000 on wine alone.

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Salt Bae, a former butcher from Turkey, became famous for his crowd-pleasing gimmick of sprinkling salt down his elbow after slicing steak at the table.

He now has 50million Instagram followers and an empire of 22 steakhouses around the world flogging gold wrapped beef at eye-watering prices.

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