A Turkish chef who got the nickname “Salt Bae” after he was called “the Internet’s sexiest butcher” told his 33 million followers on Instagram that Nusr-Et Steakhouse “is ready” to open in Dallas. Reservations may open Friday, March 5.
Friends and foes of controversial chef Nusret Gökçe had been waiting for the news, after Nusr-Et was marked “coming soon” for the past 19 months on Facebook.
The restaurant is at the high-profile corner of Pearl Street and Woodall Rodgers Freeway in downtown Dallas. From its first-floor location in a 25-story-tall high-rise, Nusr-Et’s diners will look out at a corner of Klyde Warren Park.
In a lawsuit filed in January 2021, construction company Benge Texas said that the steak restaurant group owed it nearly $1 million. Nusret Dallas denied all of the claims in a countersuit a month later. Gökçe is embroiled in legal issues, Vice reports: He has been sued over allegations of sex discrimination and wage theft.
Gökçe would not answer questions about the restaurant before its opening.
Here’s some of the back story: The first Nusr-Et opened in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2010. Its confident chef attracted the interest of a Turkish businessman, according to a profile on Salt Bae by CNBC, and received financing to open other Nusr-Et steakhouses in the Middle East.
The first Nusr-Et in the United States opened in 2017 in Miami.
Gökçe became Internet famous in 2017, when he began posting Instagram videos as he silently butchers meat, twirling off pieces of fat, twisting bones out of it and doing knife tricks. His signature move is to slap the piece of meat before he cuts it.
After it’s cooked, his more famous antic is the sprinkle of salt: hand up, wrist bent, full drama. The Wall Street Journal — yes, even the WSJ took notice — noted that Gökçe’s “curious culinary move” is decidedly sensual.
All over the web, copycats have tried to “do the Salt Bae.”
Over the past few years, Salt Bae has posted hundreds of videos and photos for his millions of followers on Instagram, including work-out flexes and spotlights with celebrities like DJ Khaled and Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles.
Foodbeast called him “the most popular butcher on Instagram.”
According to the Nusr-Et website, the company has grown to 17 restaurants, including several Nusr-Et Burgers. A steakhouse in London is coming soon.
The Nusr-Et in downtown Dallas is the first restaurant in Texas from this chef.
The menu is beef heavy: beef carpaccio and steak tartar, beef tenderloin, tomahawk steaks, burgers and meatballs. The menu also lists several salads and a selection of lamb dishes.
Dollar figures are not listed on the online menus, but a 2018 story from The New York Times shows steep prices, like $25 per salad and $130 for a rib-eye.
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