Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
Gordon Ramsay is one of the UK’s most revered chefs, and – let’s face it – nobody expects his restaurants to be budget.
But the price of the New Year’s Eve menu at his three-Michelin starred establishment, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, has certainly raised some eyebrows.
The eatery in Chelsea, London, is charging a whopping £400 per person to eat with them on the eve of the 31st December – and that hefty sum doesn’t even include a drink.
To add the wine pairing to your meal, you’ll have to fork out another £275 on top of your food bill, making the total close to £700 a head. We can practically feel our wallets shuddering.
Given that it’s New Year’s Eve, it’s understandable that some people will want to splash out, but after hearing the price of Ramsay’s offering, it’s fair to say that some people were a little put out.
As they spotted The Mirror sharing the story on Facebook, one person wrote: “I’d rather have a home cooked Christmas dinner charging that amount of money per head is way to steep.
“People are struggling to pay their bills yet he wants to charge that amount of money.”
Meanwhile, another wrote: “Absolutely outrageous and some poor people can’t even afford to heat [their] home.”
“Sorry no meal is worth that much, no matter who’s restaurant it’s being served in, or who is cooking it,” chimed in a third critic.
There were some on Twitter who defended the Hell’s Kitchen chef, though.
“If you can afford it, enjoy it. No shame in having money,” wrote one.
“So bloody what? Don’t want to pay it don’t go,” said somebody else.
What do you actually get for £400, we hear you ask? Well, there’s no denying the menu sounds pretty epic, even if you are forking out half of your income for the privilege of tasting it.
The first course is dubbed Duck Tea, and comes served with Madeira, orange and a whipped liver tartlet, whilst the second serving is Orkney scallops, with calamansi, hazelnut and black truffle.
Other dishes on the menu include roast veal sweetbreads, Dover sole and Agnolotti.
Whether you would personally fork out close to a grand for some food on NYE or not, the pricetag shouldn’t come as too much of a shock, given Restaurant Gordon Ramsay was previously named the third most expensive restaurant in the world.
Some of the TV chef’s other restaurants are also putting on New Year feasts, with his other London restaurant, Pétrus serving up its own offering at £300 a pop.
Gordon has previously come under fire for charging £31 for fish and chips at his restaurant at the Savoy Hotel, and for flogging a £19 fry-up at the same establishment.
When critics came for him back then, he had one pointed reply.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “You know what? If you’re worried about the price, you can’t fucking afford it.”