A Shanghai restaurant is reportedly being investigated by authorities in China for charging a Dubai tourist and his seven friends a whopping 400,000 yuan ($58,000) for a 20-course dinner.
Odditycentral.com which reported the news said a photo of the 400,000 yuan receipt from Maggie’s Restaurant started circulating on Chinese social media last month, and although a spokesperson for the restaurant initially claimed that the photo was fake, adding that they don’t even serve some of the dishes listed on the receipt, the owner and master chef at the restaurant, Sun Zhaoguo, later confirmed that Maggie’s did serve the ultra-expensive dinner to eight guests, a VIP from Dubai and his friends.
Some workers of Maggie’s Restaurant are reported as saying the prices in contention are completely “impossible”, saying they don’t charge anything close to the prices on the viral controversial receipt.
However, owner of the restaurant, Sun Zhaoguo admitted to charging the tourist the money on the receipt, saying, “That’s nothing at all in Dubai”.
Odditycentral.com reported Sun Zhaoguo as having clarified that this was privately-tailored for the VIP guests, using expensive ingredients sourced from all over the country. He also cooked the 20 dishes personally, which also bumped up the receipt significantly.
Some of the most expensive items on the receipt are the Crocodile Tail Soup ($2,449), Wild Yellow Croaker – ($2,303) and Half Abalone with Sake Jelly ($1,866).
As if that was not enough, there was also a high Service Fee of $5,542.
Shanghaist translated the list of all the items listed on the receipt as follows:
Organic Pickles $5.54Crispy Salty Chicken $14.29Abalone with Braised Pepper $20.13Snail Cooked in Sauce $17.21Braised Pork with Soju $14.29Fennel Roots $8.46Asparagus $11.37Cold Dish $9.92Premium Caviar $729 x 8Half Abalone with Sake Jelly $1,866 x 8Yangtze River Crab $408 x 8Duck with Olive $421Salt-seared Miyazaki Steak $230 x 8Shrimp Roe with Crispy Sea Cucumber $58 x 8Crocodile Tail Soup $2,449Wild Yellow Croaker $2,303 x 7.4Fish Maw in Abalone Sauce $845 x 8Boiled Giant Conch $230 x 8.6Xiahehe $8.46 x 8Zhonghua Cigarette $12.83Chauffeur’s meal $80.21Double Flavor Cake in Wine Sauce $5.54 x 8Yunnan Dianhong Tea 82.84Coke $2.63 x 8Orange Juice $39Service fee $5,542
The Beijing News also reported an anonymous source as having alleged that on September 19, the same evening these rich Dubai patrons allegedly had the 20-course dinner at Maggie’s, a group of “rich second generation” guests also consumed 480,000 yuan worth of expensive drinks.
Meanwhile, the Shanghai Changning District Market Supervision Bureau is currently investigating the matter, according to reports.