4 waitresses carried an Animal Rebellion protester out of Salt Bae's London steakhouse on Saturday night

4 waitresses carried an Animal Rebellion protester out of Salt Bae's London steakhouse on Saturday night
A protester at Salt Bae's steakhouse in London on Saturday night.Animal Rebellion
  • Diners applauded as staff physically removed Animal Rebellion activists from the Nusr-Et Steakhouse.
  • The restaurant serves gold-plated steaks that cost as much as $1,750.

Waitresses physically removed animal rights protesters from Salt Bae's steakhouse in an upmarket part of London on Saturday night following a non-violent protest.

Eight protesters from Animal Rebellion entered the restaurant and sat at empty tables holding mock menus outlining their demands, the Evening Standard reported.

In a video tweeted by the group, one activist was carried out of the restaurant by four staff members to the applause of diners shortly before 7pm.

Nusret Gökçe, better known as Salt Bae, rose to fame after his salt-sprinkling technique went viral online. The Turkish butcher, chef and restaurateur owns a chain of steakhouses.

The London branch targeted by Animal Rebellion serves gold-plated steaks costing up to £1,450 (almost $1,800).


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Activists raised concerns about the employees' actions. One protester told the Press Association: "I'm not sure they're allowed to do that."

Another, identified as 21-year-old Orin Cooley-Green, said: "It was tougher than police would do it."

Activist Ben Thomas, 20, said in a statement: "Restaurants like these are symbolic of a broken system. Whilst 2 million people are relying on food banks in the UK right now, influencer chefs are selling gold-plated steaks for more than £1,000."

Animal Rebellion is calling for "a plant-based food system and mass rewilding." In a press release, the group said they targeted Nusr-Et because steaks, and other red meats, carry "the highest environmental impacts."

The group also occupied the Michelin-starred Mana restaurant in Manchester in northwest England on Saturday night. Police removed a number of protesters following the peaceful action and Animal Rebellion said in a tweet that arrests were made.


Nusr-Et did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.