A restaurant in Miami Beach is generating a buzz over what may be the most expensive steak in the country. It’s a 55-ounce Wagyu tomahawk ribeye that carries an equally hefty price of $1,000.
But the attention Papi Steak has been receiving from the media doesn’t stem entirely from the steak’s hefty weight or its equally impressive price tag. It also relates to a ritual attending the service of this monstrous slab of beef. The restaurant’s owner, David Einhorn, personally presents the steak to your table — in a briefcase.
You read that right. Einhorn describes the event in an interview with Miami Fox affiliate WSVN:
The whole restaurant kinda pops off when we do the beef case show. All of a sudden, the lights dim, and all the servers kinda come around the table and they bring the briefcase out. When you open it up, you get the smoke comes out, and then you just look and you see this big, 55-ounce wagyu steak right in front of you.
But why a briefcase? According to Einhorn, the ritual is a nod to the scene toward the end of “Pulp Fiction” where Jules Winnfield, the bloodthirsty killer memorably portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, opens the briefcase he is carrying but never displays the contents, which emit a golden glow. “Nobody actually knows what’s in the briefcase,” Einhorn told reporters. “That’s where I came up with the idea that what’s in the briefcase was a Papi Steak all along.”
Quentin Tarantino, who wrote and directed the film, was not available for comment.
No, in case you’re wondering, you don’t get to keep the briefcase, not that you’d likely want it after it was used to transport raw beef.