‘Vietnamese communist official’ is caught being ‘hand-fed £1,450 gold-covered steak at Salt Bae’s London restaurant’
By Joe Davies
A video appearing to show a communist official being hand-fed a gold-covered steak at Salt Bae’s London restaurant has been slammed back in Vietnam.
Footage of To Lam, minister of public security in the country, seemingly enjoying the £1,450 tomahawk steak at Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Knightsbridge, London, emerged on social media last night.
The restaurant — named after Turkish chef Nusret Gokce, better known as ‘Salt Bae’ — has hit the headlines since it opened as a popular venue for celebrities including the Beckhams, Leonardo DiCaprio and Wayne Rooney.
Gokce, 38, served the food table-side in his viral theatrical fashion but has now left the capital to open a new restaurant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In the video, the Turkish chef cuts the steak for Lam, salts it in his signature pose, before feeding it to the official off his knife. https://www.youtube.com/embed/6chaVQ8FIPs +7
Footage of To Lam, minister of public security in the country, seemingly enjoying the £1,450 tomahawk steak at Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Knightsbridge, London, emerged on social media last night+7
The video also appears to show Vietnamese ministry spokesman To An Xo sat next to Lam+7
Turkish chef Nusret Gokce, better known as ‘Salt Bae’ cuts the steak for Lam (left), salts it in his signature pose (right), before feeding it to the official off his knife
The footage was posted on the restaurant’s Tiktok page and quickly deleted yesterday, but has already gone viral in Vietnam, where people only earn £112 ($150) on average a month.
Social media users slammed Lam — whose department monitors dissenters and activists in the authoritarian country — for having such an extravagant meal.
Dang Hoang Luong wrote: ‘Millions of people are suffering from Covid. No words.’
Konchag Norbu said: ‘Not only that, gobbling steak at a climate conference is the height of revolting indifference.’ +7
Sharing a picture of himself holding up a gold-covered Tomahawk steak – which costs £850 at Nsur-Et – he said: ‘Sunday is my last day in London. I will go to Riyadh to open my 28th restaurant’
Nguyen Huu Truong said: ‘Where did he get the money? His annual salary can’t afford that meal!’
And Bui Mang Tung added: ‘My tax money has been used for luxury.’
The video also appears to show Vietnamese ministry spokesman To An Xo sat next to Lam.
Gokce today revealed this week will be his last in London, with the restauranteur switching his attention to his new venue in Riyadh.+7
It comes after Salt Bae – real name Nusret Gökçe – spent the last two months in London while opening and promoting his flagship restaurant, Nsur-Et (pictured)+7
A customer has been slammed after spending £37.000 at celebrity restaurant Nusr-Et Steakhouse in London’s Knightsbridge
Along with London, Salt Bae owns restaurants in Turkey, Greece, the United States, and Dubai, among other locations.
Salt Bae — who became an internet sensation after a video of him theatrically seasoning meat went viral — opened his Knightsbridge restaurant in September to mixed reviews.
While the restaurant attracted a host of celebrity guests, many of whom swanned to the eatery to get pictures and videos with the man himself, it was slammed as ‘a rip off’ by others.
A receipt posted to Reddit by an anonymous user showed an eye-watering £37,000 receipt from October 8, with the service charge alone totalling £4,829.10.