Salt Bae is a genius as he’s fully booked with insane prices, says restaurant boss

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Salt Bae can be seen slicing meat covered in gold leaf  (Instagram/Gemma Collins)
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Salt Bae has been hailed as a “genius” as he has been “fully booked with insane prices”, a restaurant boss has said.

The owner of Manchester restaurant Seven 54 had nothing but good words to say about the chef after Nusr-Et Steakhouse’s glitzy opening in Knightsbridge became the talk of London.

Restaurant boss Nikolas Opacic boasts of his own celebrity clientele including Rio Ferdinand, Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta, Vincent Kompany and a galaxy of stars from Coronation Street.

Impressed, the restaurant owner claimed Salt Bae was a “genius” for securing his tables where customers spend £630 on a gold wrapped steak and £100 on a burger.

He told The Standard: “I think he’s a genius. He is fully booked with insane prices.”

His comments come amid reports a table of four spent £37,000 at Salt Bae’s restaurant in London last week.

The glamorous restaurant opening has sparked a lot of controversy over the prices and Salt Bae was branded a “Mickey Mouse” chef by Michelin star chef Daniel Clifford.

But Seven 54’s owner Mr Opacic, 30, defended the Turkish chef, 38, as he said the people complaining weren’t even visiting the much-talked about restaurant.

“Well done to him he deserves all the credit. The people that are complaining are the ones who are not even going to the restaurant.

“If people can afford it and want to experience it, let them. He’s a genius, if he can fill a restaurant with those prices.”

Seven 54 first opened its doors by Mr Opacic’s family in 2004.

It was originally known as The Deli, set up as a small shop for grab-and-go paninis and coffee until the expansion exploded in popularity.

While they were closed for nine months during the pandemic, Seven 54 has been reborn and reopened for business.

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