Jonathan Cheban, who christened himself "Foodgōd" and legally changed his name, chowed down on a $2,000 dinner that would have the rest of us headed for gastric bypass surgery — or filing for bankruptcy.
Currently in Miami avoiding the cold, Kim Kardashian's BFF, who has built his own brand with a food-centric social media presence, hit Nobu Miami at the Eden Roc Hotel where he decided to drop some serious cash on, well, whatever struck his fancy, because he was feeling extra hungry.
Let's begin, as he did, with the roasted edamame and four Fiji waters, bringing us to a cool $49 within 10 minutes of sitting down. While that already amounted to a total dinner bill for many of us, Jonathan next ordered a blueberry pineapple sake for $22. For scale, that alone is the cost of like four lattes or a movie with a few bucks left over. But he says it was "amazing," so we'll believe him. Already this bill is $71.
Apparently, the blueberries got him lit because then he lost his mind and pure insanity took over.
He next ordered sashimi salmon ($92) and seasonal gyoza ($180 gulp). And where the rest of us have a stomach, Jonathan either has a tape worm or an infinite space, so there was more.
He got thirsty again, so he then ordered a Voss water at a cool $10. While some of us (like this author) would be in the bathroom cupping our hands to drink from the tap at these prices, Jonathan said whatever, because he still wasn't finished. Ten dollars schmen dollars.
He then got some plates of toro salmon, crispy rice, and sweet shrimp just to nibble on while he waited for more of his order.
Next, Jonathan washed down some lobster salad with a pineapple sake... and kept going. Next it was onto Waygu tacos (his fave of the night, he later told us), and while he must have had to be in some sort of food induced coma by that point... he ordered a tenderloin, rock tempura, and king crab. We are imagining this water, Nathaniel, must have been built like an octopus wearing orthopedic shoes.
Nope, still not done. Jonathan then asked Nathaniel to bring him two cappuccinos and two bento boxes, two Jack Daniel's, two Tito's, multiple glasses of wine — and an IV and a stretcher. Just kidding about that last part, but oh, My. Foodgōd.
When The Feast reached him today for comment, JC was recovering from the meal, telling us there were four guests, with two more joining for drinks afterward, and that the table was "filled with 1,000 dishes."
The total for all that? $2,036. He paid with his credit card, tipped Nathaniel 20 percent, then he had to run. Off to stuff some more pricey morsels in his face hole, perhaps.
Receipt photo: Jonathan Cheban/Instagram
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