“The Menu” follows young couple Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Tyler (Nicholas Hoult), who, at Tyler’s urging, attend a very expensive night of dining at Hawthorn, a private restaurant on a private island — only 12 guests attend at a time for the price of $1,250 each — to experience the talents of the legendary Chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes), whose creations are treated more like edible art than food. However, Chef Slowik turns out to have more in store for his guests than meets the eye.
As for the tone of the film, Anthony D’Alessandro of Deadline wote, “Think of ‘Midsommar,’ but at [a] great haute, out-of-nowhere restaurant. Like the kind you see on Netflix’s ‘Chef’s Table.’ That’s the conceit of Searchlight’s wildly dark humored ‘The Menu.'” Relatedly, Fiennes told Variety that he watched “Chef’s Table” in preparation for the role. “I love that series, every single character, every single chef is so brilliantly portrayed,” he said. “They’re all so different. So that was very rewarding.”