Tonight’s the night! You’re going to ask her to marry you! You’re going to take her out to a lovely restaurant and you’ll surprise her with the most beautiful diamond ring…
At the restaurant, you each order a soup and a pizza (for the sake of this article…) Conversation is light, mood is romantic, so you decide right then and there to go down on your knee and to pop the question: she can’t believe her eyes as everyone in the restaurant has paused and are now staring at the both of you…You delicately slip the engagement ring onto her finger and in an uncontrollable outburst of tears and laughter, she says YES and gives you the sweetest kiss. One last ice cream sundae to bring this perfect evening to a close and you’re ready to call it a night…And that’s when you receive the $84,000 check from the waiter!
While the vast majority of us most would expect to pay no more than $100 for this meal (and that’s drinks included), a handful of inspired chefs from around the world constantly try to push out the boundaries of extravagance to new heights, to create the most exquisite and invaluable delicacies, for the delight of our palates…and of their wallet.
So how much can such asoup or pizza cost? Here is the list of the most expensive foods in the world…This one’s on us!
#15. Westin Hotel Bagel – $1,000
Where to Eat It? The Westin New York at Times Square – New York, U.S.A.
Wanna up your traditional $10 Sunday bagel and cream cheese to something a little more exciting? Then Chef Frank Tujague’s bagel will most certainly do the trick. For a mere $1,000, the familiar round baked bread comes topped with white truffle cream cheese, goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and edible speckles of gold leaf. And if you really need an excuse to feel good about the price tag, you’ll be happy to learn that part of the proceeds are donated to the Les Amis d’Escoffier Scholarship, for the benefit of culinary students.
#14. Norma’s Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata – $1,000
Where to Eat It? Norma’s Restaurant, Parker Meridien – New York, U.S.A.
If you don’t feel like a bagel for your New York Sunday brunch, why not go for an omelette? Well, a frittata rather…And a fritatta with a good sense of humour we might add, as Norma’s Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata will only cost you $1,000. Now for this price, it comes with 10oz. of Sevruga caviar, lobster claws, cream and chives into six eggs. You can also get a scaled-down version with 1oz of caviar for just…$100.
#13. Angelino Araneta’s Golden Sushi – $2,700
Where to Find It? Manila, The Philippines.
Quite frankly, you could almost wear Chef Angelito Araneta Jr.’s 5-piece Golden Sushi around your neck! The young Filipino chef has adorned each piece with 3 Mikimoto pearls, one 0.25ct diamond and wrapped it in edible 24ct gold leaf. But for $2,700, it would be such a waste not to eat them all.
#12. Bombay Brasserie’s Samundari Khazana – $3,100
Where to Eat It? Bombay Brasserie – London, U.K.
London is famous for two culinary traditions: pubs and Indian restaurants. And, not surprisingly, we’ve dug up what has to be the most expensive curry dish in the world for you, in the modestly-called Bombay Brasserie. The Samundari Khazana is a mouthful to pronounce, only matched by its opulent profusion of ingredients: Devon crab and white truffle, Scottish lobster covered in gold leaf alongside a cherry tomato stuffed with caviar and fried abalone and hollow quail’s eggs filled with more caviar! If you can finish your plate, we suggest a quick run to the pub to wash it all down with a good pint of beer.
#11. Maison Polmard’s Vintage Eye Steak – $3,200
Where to Find It? Polmard Butcher Shop – Paris, France.
If you’re in a mood for an exclusive homemade steak dinner experience, Polmard’s vintage eye steak may well be your cut of choice and an original change from the world-famous Wagyu ribeye steak. While dry-aged beef is typically matured for typically several weeks, Alexandre Polmard from the Polmard Eleveur Boucher butcher shop, in Paris, has developed a unique technique to freeze and preserve the meat for up to 15 years, while retaining all its flavor, texture and quality. The Polmard beef originates from the family’s free-range Blonde d’Aquitaine cattle, raised on the family’s farm, in Normandy. As a result, their premium 15-year rib steak can reach prices of up to $3,200 and has made its way to the tables of some of the most renowned restaurants around the world.
#10. Fleur’s Fleurburger 5000 – $5,000
Where to Eat It? Fleur Restaurant, Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, U.S.A.
How do you turn a $2 fast-food fave into a $5,000 mouthwatering piece of art? Obviously, Fleur restaurant’s Chef Hubert Keller has his own idea on the question and he proves it with his signature Fleurburger. No gold leaf, pearls and diamonds on this burger…Only tasty, premium ingredients such as Wagyu beef marinated in its truffle sauce, foie gras and shaved black truffles in a brioche truffle bun. For this price, you also get a bottle of vintage 1995 Chateau Petrus (worth a good $2,500)…and French fries!
#9. House of An’s AnQi Pho Soup – $5,000
Where to Eat It? AnQi Restaurant – Los Angeles, U.S.A.
On May 13, 2011, a $5,000 bowl of Pho soup went for auction at the Bash Benefactor dinner, for the benefit of several children’s hospitals. This unique delicacy was the creation of LA’s staple Vietnamese restaurant, AnQi, and by judging its ingredients, it was probably worth the lucky donator’s every dollar: molecular noodles made from rare blue lobster meat, generous slices of A5 Waguy beef, poached foie gras and white Alba truffles bathing in a foie gras broth…
#8. Densuke Black Watermelon – $6,100
Where to Find It? Hokkaido , Japan
Watermelons rarer than diamonds, is it possible? Absolutely. And that’s exactly what Densuke watermelons are! The Densuke variety – which looks like a black bowling bowl – is only grown in the island of Hokkaido in Japan. Each year, only a few dozen fruits are produced, reaching incomparable levels of hardness, crispness, sweetness…and bids when they’re auctioned off at up to north of $6,000. But that’s still petty game, compared to some of the delicacies completing this list…
#7. Renato Viola’s Louis XIII Pizza – $12,000
Where to Eat It? Chef Renato Viola – Salerno, Italy.
The Louis XIII pizza is such a piece of art that Leonardo da Vinci himself could have created it! Aside from being as close to visual perfection as can be, Italian chef Renato Viola has put all his savoir-faire into this pizza, to craft an absolute delight for your taste buds. The dough takes no less than 72 hours to prepare and it is topped with three type of premium caviar (Royal Classic, Beluga and Oscietra), red prawns, spiny lobster, squila mantis, mozzarella di buffala and a sprinkle of Australian pink salt from Murray Basin. Naturally, its price of $12,000 comes close to that of an art piece, but Chef Viola will also come prepare the pizza at your home, and will serve it with the finest champagne in limited-edition plates, cutlery and glasses!
#6. Fence Gate Inn’s Meat Pie – $14,300
Where to Eat It? Fence Gate Inn – Burnley, U.K.
Well, there meat pie and there’s Spencer Burge’s meat pie. Or how to turn this pub classic into a dish as costly as a Volkswagen Polo? Simple, really…Marinate 2.5kg of Wagyu beef and 1.5kg of matsutake mushrooms into 2 bottles of 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild and 2 bottles of Louis Roederer Cristal Rose champagne, cover the crust with 4 packs of edible gold leaf and bake. Pub food isn’t what is used to be…
#5. Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence – $14,500
Where to Eat It? The Fortress Resort and Spa – Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka may not be the first place that comes to mind for a luxury vacation, but the Fortress Resort & Spa will undeniably fit the part. Once you’ll have enjoyed the silky white beaches of the Indian Ocean and eased your body and soul to the gentle caresses of the masseurs’ expert hands, you’ll definitely want to indulge in one last treat, to put a sweet end that perfect day. For $14,500, the Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence is an Italian cassata, infused with Irish cream and seasonal fruit, on a pomegranate and mango compote and Dom Perignon sabayon. A handmade chocolate sculpture of a local fisherman sitting on his stilt and – oh surprise! – edible gold leaf complete the decoration. Not to mention the 80ct aquamarine cradled on the chocolate stilt, which you get to keep after you’ve licked the last bits off your plate!
#4. Yubari King Melon – $22,900
Where to Find It? Hokkaido, Japan.
Growing fruit is definitely taken very seriously on the island of Hakkaido, in Japan. The ultimate proof of that has to be the Yubari King Melon. This special variety of canteloupe is highly coveted, not only for its rarity – less 100 pieces hit the market each year and are immediately put up for auction – but also for its perfect spheric proportion and sweetness. In 2008, one particular fruit was sold to an avid businessman for nearly $23,000! The story does not say if he ended up eating it…
#3. Almas Caviar – $25,000
Where to Find It? Caviar House & Prunier, select stores.
In the exclusive realm of caviar, one variety tops them all: the Almas caviar. Extremely rare, this delicacy can only be obtained from the albino beluga sturgeon that lives in the unpolluted areas of the Caspian Sea, near Iran. There are very few albino beluga sturgeons left in the world and what more, only the specimens more than 100 years old are able to produce the prized white eggs, unmistakably recognizable for their intense nutty, creamy taste. To acquire this pearly delicacy, you’ll need to go to one of the few select Caviar House & Prunier stores, the only place where it is available for sale. And you’ll have to ease yourself off a hefty $25,000 for 1kg (2.2lbs) of these precious eggs, which come in a lovely metal container bathed in 24K gold.
#2. Serendipity 3’s Frrozen Haute Chocolate – $25,000
Where to Eat It? Serendipity 3 Restaurant – New York, U.S.A.
When Serendipity 3’s Chef Stephen Bruce teams up with a luxury jeweller, namely, Euphoria, what divine creation will come out of this sparkling encounter? The Frrozen Haute Chocolate (notice the pun?), which is nothing less than a 10-star version of the ice cream sundae, if you prefer…To make the fudge, Chef Bruce picked a blend of 28 cocoas, including 14 of the most expensive in the world which is delicately poured over the finest Bourbon vanila ice-cream. Then he topped it all with – a very expensive – whipped cream, 5 grams of edible 23K gold leaf and a – very expensive – truffle from La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier, which you get more of on the side. The lovely dessert is served in a goblet lined with edible gold. Now in comes the luxury jewelry part…You will have the privilege to eat this heaven-sent treat with a gold spoon decorated with white and chocolate-colored diamonds, which you get to keep. Oh we almost forgot the little surprise wrapped around the base of the goblet: an 18K gold with 1 carat of white diamonds…which you also get to keep!
#1. Italian White Alba Truffles – $160,000
Where to Find It? Tuscany, Italy.
Now the time has come to present to you the Queen of all Queens, the Treat of all Treats…[Drumroll]…Ladies and Gentlemen, the Italian White Alba Truffle! 100% natural, no fancy gold leaf nor diamonds needed to sublime this exceptional product. So, what makes people happily fork over exobitant prices to earn the privilege to acquire and taste one of these ugly mushrooms…. For one, they’re extremely rare to dig up from the Tuscan hills of San Miniato. Then, their incomparable flavor will turn any mushroom hater into an unconditional fungus lover…What’s the best way to eat it, you might ask? Simply slice a few shavings of white truffle on a creamy egg omelette, add salt and pepper. And you’re all set for your most unforgettable culinary experience!