Being a foodie is fast becoming a favorite obsession of many. Sure, I love a good burger every now and then, but some people take it to a whole new level. Gone are the days of fast food; today, people much rather wait hours to get that limited table just in order to taste some of the top delights offered in their city.
A meal can tell you many things. It brings insight to a culture, the economic situation, environmental influences, or sociological behaviors. Anyone who ever has gone through a heartbreak knows the answer, right? How about when watching the big game? Surely, if you are feeling sick, soup is the best medicine.
Well, these are the most expensive meals ever!
10. $666 – Douche Burger
What started as a joke of sorts to make fun of the over-topped burgers out there, the 666 Burger food truck in New York City created a burger to end all burgers. A Kobe beef patty stuffed with foie gras, covered in champagne stem melted Gruyere cheese and topped with caviar, truffles, lobster and a BBQ sauce made with Kopi Luwak coffee beans. What about the gold leaf wrapper?
9. $1,000 – Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata
If you’re planning on having breakfast in New York, head down to Le Parker Meridien on uptown’s 56th street to start your morning off right! This gourmet frittata is made with 10 ounces of exclusive sefruga caviar (which costs $65 per ounce), 6 eggs, an entire lobster, chives and cream. If you aren’t in the mood for dishing out $1,000 first thing in the morning, a slimmed-down version for $100 is available.
8. $1,980 – Sushi del Oriente
Chef Angelito Araneta Jr., nicknamed the suiting “Karat Chef”, introduced this incredible sushi to the world. In 2010, Sushi del Oriente was the highlight at a restaurant in Milan, but it was not for sale. The sushi roll includes wild saffron, foie gras (a delicacy banned in many nations) and sea cucumber. Topped with 12 Palawan pearls, four 0.2 karat diamonds and wrapped in gold leaf, many of Chef Angelito’s creations are purchased as wedding or proposal gifts.
7. $4,200 – Pizza Royale 007
Chef Domenico Crolla created the 12-inch pizza for the purpose to auction it off on eBay with proceeds going to The Fred Hollows Foundation. Just some of the toppings are lobster marinated in cognac, sun-blush tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, caviar soaked in champagne, prosciutto, venison medallions, vintage balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with 24-carat gold flakes that are edible.
6. $5,000 – AnQi Pho Soup
Just head to Santa Monica’s Tiato restaurant, home of the $5,000 pho soup. Made with Wagyu beef, noodles from a rare blue lobster meat, foie gras broth, and white Alba truffles, the restaurant needs a 7-day lead time just to prepare. The soup was auctioned off at the Bash Benefactor Dinner on May 13, 2011. The money raised went to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospitals of Los Angeles and Orange County.
5. $7000 – “Pink Bite” Burger
The Pink Bike burger was cooked up by Pink Caravan at Galleries Lafayette in Dubai Mall. It shattered the record for most expensive burger ever sold at AED 25,960 ($7,000 US). The Pink Caravan ambassadors, whose work is to draw attention to breast cancer, were divided into three teams. Each team’s burger was auctioned off, the winning team’s at $7,000, followed by $3,540 and $3,175. The fact that this burger isn’t loaded with the same high-end ingredients as some of the others makes it all the more impressive.
4. $14,500 – Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence
DUO restaurant at the Fortress Resort & Spa in Sri Lanka is home to the decadent dessert described on Fortress’ website as “first-class delicacy is perfect for those who crave the thrill and satisfaction that an ordinary dessert simply cannot deliver”. Served in a dish adorned with an 80 karat Aquamarine stone, this gold leaf Italian cassata, with mango and pomegranate compote and Irish cream infused fruit, is topped with Dom Perignon champagne sabayon.
3. $25,000 – The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate Ice Cream
Once holding the Guinness World Record for the most expensive dessert, Serendipity 3, along with luxury jeweler Euphoria New York, teamed up to create a chocoholic’s dream. Made with 28 cocoas, which 14 of those are the world’s most expensive and exotic. The ice cream is infused with 5 grams of 23-karat gold and dished up in a goblet lined with edible gold. Around the goblet is an 18-karat gold bracelet decorated with 1-carat white diamonds. This masterpiece is topped with gold covered whipped cream and a La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier ($2,600 a pound).
2. $34,531 – Pudding
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel (once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter) lies in England’s picturesque Lake District. They have created a chocolate pudding that costs £22,000 ($34,531). Chef Marc Guibert’s masterpiece is designed to look like a Faberge egg. The top-notch chocolate pudding is adorned in a gold leaf, champagne, caviar and a 2 karat diamond.
1. $3.95 million – Strawberries Arnaud
Arnaud’s in New Orleans was once home to a $1.4 million dessert, but why keep thaton the menu when you have created something bigger and better. After co-owner Katy Casbarian partnered with MS Rau antiques to create a proposal package, the Strawberries Arnaud was born. The dessert is made up of strawberries served in a marinade of spices, citrus, red wine and port with vanilla ice cream.