It feels like half of the Washington Capitals are spending the All-Star break and bye week in Miami, so it was really only a matter of time before they started showing up at the same restaurants.
On Sunday, Dmitry Orlov and Capitals first-round pick Ilya Samsonov had dinner together in Nusr-Et, a Turkish steakhouse made famous by founder and viral meme sensation Nusret Gökçe, also known as Salt Bae.
The next night, Andre Burakovsky and Jakub Vrana showed up at the same restaurant. Both groups did their rendition of the famous Salt Bae sprinkle.
Orlov and Samsonov appeared to have ordered two steaks, one of them a steak covered in 24 karat gold leaf. For the curious, the gold leaf-coated Wagyu striploin goes for about $590 according to Yelp.
Salt Bae himself assisted Samsonov in recreating the flamboyant salt-sprinkling technique that turned him into a viral meme.
We, unfortunately, did not get to see if Orlov took a turn at sprinkling. Afterwards, Samsonov and his girlfriend posed for a picture with Salt Bae.
Perhaps seeing their teammate’s Instagram story and feeling the FOMO, Burakovsky and Vrana showed up at Nusr-Et the next night, along with Burakovsky’s sister Alexandra and boyfriend, Sebastian Molldén.
First, Vrana held an Instagram poll on Burakovsky’s dinner outfit. Honey, no.
There was no sign of the real Salt Bae in Burakovsky and Vrana’s social media posts, but they didn’t let that stop them from trying out the moves themselves.
For the Salt Bae purists out there, it should be noted that Vrana and Burakovsky’s technique leaves something to be desired. In Salt Bae’s original video, which has a whopping 16.7 million views as of the writing of this post, the salt scatters onto the steak after first bouncing off Salt Bae’s forearm.
Maybe Samsonov and Orlov can give them some tips.
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