The famously outspoken chef also said that he thought vegan food was a ‘rip off’ and he wanted to give customers value for money.
Dinner at Sat Bains in Nottingham costs between £105-£120 a head and the chef said a lot of work has gone into creating the menu.
“We are not specialists in vegan food and I never set out to be a vegan restaurant,” Bains told Nottingham Live.
“The customers coming here know what to expect. We’re niche - we can be niche with our menu in terms of ingredients so there are certain dietaries we can’t do and won’t do. I can’t go to a vegan restaurant and ask for steak.”
Bains claims that he would struggle to justify charging £120 for vegan food.
“Vegan food is the biggest rip-off. The ingredients are so cheap. I want to give people value for money,” he said.
While the restaurant can accommodate intolerances and allergies, Bains recounted the difficulty he had trying to serve a customer who had an allergy to deadly nightshade.
He said: “We were no longer doing our food. We were putting up dishes to meet this person’s needs and almost forsaking our own style.
“You can’t go to a heavy metal concert and expect classical music. It’s my business and my business model to do what I want. I don’t do vegan, halal or kosher.”