Update: 13 July 2021, 5:08 p.m.: Gökçe is still in Mykonos, recently drinking espressos with Italy manager Roberto Mancini and partying with French football stars Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé. There is still no word on when the London restaurant will open.
It is still not known when butcher, internet chef sensation, wage theft lawsuit settler, billion-dollar restaurant emperor and salt sprinkler Salt Bae, aka Nusret Gökçe, will open the London outpost of Nusr-Et, his global steakhouse chain. Despite reports that it would arrive on 17 May — complete with stupid-money gold steaks — in April, there is still no sign of the chef nor his restaurant.
According to photographs posted by the Manchester United footballer (on loan at West Ham) Jesse Lingard to Instagram on 24 June, Gökçe is in Mykonos, the wealthy Greek party island loved by celebrities, where he recently opened an outpost of the steak chain. He is pictured with Ashley Young, of Inter Milan and Anthony Martial, also of Manchester United. Gökçe is a smash-hit with footballers all over the world, recently entertaining Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas and current Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez at his Mykonos restaurant.
Fan of exercise Gökçe is also in Instagram stories in the last 24 hours doing pull-ups with very heavy-looking rocks sandwiched between feet. Each to their own.
Google no longer lists Nusr-Et Steakhouse at the Park Tower Knightsbridge Hotel in London with an opening date.
When Eater London contacted the reception at the Park Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge they explained that they had no information regarding the Nusr-Et’s opening date. They said the restaurant was a separate entity and not part of the hotel’s dining portfolio. They also said that they’d been advised to inform anyone inquiring about the steakhouse’s opening to follow the Salt Bae Instagram account for updates.
Given the almost impossibility of gleaning any information from Gökçe and his team, it is likely that Instagram will be the only place where updates are announced. In fact, it’s likely a deliberate strategy — to build on the 35.7 million followers the nusr_et account already has.
In a recent Instagram story, Gökçe did say that he was heading out to Mykonos before coming to London, so there is the expectation that his arrival will come in the next few weeks.
Until then, the full “overview” of Nusr-Et London, per the restaurant’s otherwise bald OpenTable page.
A Spectacular Meat Feast… For All Your Senses.The “one and only” Nusr-Et experience.
You’ll taste an exquisite menu.You’ll be overwhelmed with fantastic smells.Everything you touch will be enchanting.Everything you hear will be fascinating.You’ll see glorious people, delightful presentations, and incredible shows.
Live unforgettable moments.Be entertained, amused, and pampered.Experience luxury dining like never before.
Eater has also contacted the Nusr-Et London team to seek further information on the opening date and wider restaurant plans.