10 Outrageously Expensive Dishes Around the World (Slideshow)
April 17, 2014
Some meals around the world are so expensive you may need to take out a bank loan just to sample them
Chocolate Pudding — Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, England
Who doesn’t love a good chocolate pudding? from the guests at the Lindeth Howe Country Hotel better if they plan on ordering one. This one is made with the best quality chocolate on the planet which is molded into the shape of Fabergé egg and served with layer upon layer of champagne jelly. It’s then topped with edible gold leaf and served with champagne and caviar. The whole thing is then topped off with a diamond. Don’t think you can order this à la carte though… you’ll need to pre-order this dessert at least two weeks in advance.
Westin Hotel Bagel —New York City
What’s your favorite bagel topping? Cream cheese? Lox? Perhaps if you feel like splurging a bit, you’ll opt for some smoked salmon or even caviar? One New York chef decided to push the bagel envelope by adding white truffle cream cheese, goji berry-infused Riesling jelly, and topped with gold leaves making it the world’s most expensive bagel (mostly because white truffles are the second most expensive food on the planet). It was designed to help raise funds for Les Amis d’Escoffier Scholarship, which raises funds for needy students of the culinary arts.
Golden Opulence Sundae — Serendipity 3, New York City
Ice cream sundaes are a childhood favorite and with their scoops of milky flavors, chocolate sauce, and sprinkles it not hard to see why. But this creation from Serendipity 3 on New York City’s Upper East Side is definitely not for children: this opulent dessert is decadent Tahitian vanilla ice cream infused with Madagascan vanilla beans and chunks of rare Chuao chocolate from Venezuela. It’s then drizzled with one of the world’s most expensive chocolates from Amedei Porcelana, and decorated with gold-covered almonds, chocolate truffles, marzipan cherries, and covered with 23-carat edible gold leaf. Then, let’s not forget the mother of pearl spoonful of Grande Passion caviar and gilded sugar flower. Think all this is served in a regular sundae glass? Think again… it comes in a Baccarat crystal goblet with an 18-carat gold spoon.
Price: Price: $1000
Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata — Norma's, New York City
As far as omelettes go this one doesn’t look particularly special, but looks can be deceiving. This frittata has 10 ounces of exclusive sevruga caviar (which is rumored to cost Norma’s at least $65 per ounce), plus an entire lobster and the finest cream and chives the chefs can get their hands on. The eggs, though, are of the normal variety… though there are six of them!
White truffle and Gold Pizza — Margo's, Malta
A few years ago, Margo’s Pizzeria in Valetta, Malta, set the world record for the most expensive pizza on the planet. The gourmet pizzeria’s concoction consisted of a thin-crust base with buffalo mozzarella, white truffles, and sprinkled with 24-carat edible gold leaf. No tomatoes allowed — it apparently clashes with the taste of the truffles, of course.
Strawberries Arnaud — Arnaud's, New Orleans
If you were planning on popping the question, this is a great dessert to do it with… if you can afford it! These plump Louisiana strawberries are stewed in ruby Port, Burgundy-style wine, cloves, cinnamon, and sugar. They’re then topped-off of with scoops of vanilla ice cream and a dollop of lightly whipped cream. And the proverbial cherry on top? Well, that’s 7-carat pink diamond ring. The acceptance of your marriage proposal is, unfortunately, not included in the price.
Price: $3.95 million
Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence Dessert — The Fortress Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
Arguably the world’s most expensive dessert, this delicately flavored treat is an Italian cassata, infused with Irish cream and seasonal fruit. A pomegranate and mango compote is added along with champagne sabayon (Dom Pérignon, of course), which form the base. It’s then decorated with Fortress’s handmade chocolate carving in the shape of a local fisherman clinging to his stilt (an ancient tradition still practiced in the region today), and gold leaf. Then a gorgeous aquamarine stone is added to the carving. It’s almost too beautiful to eat.
Buddha Jumps Over the Wall Soup — Kai Mayfair Restaurant, London
The world’s most expensive commercial soup is made with shark’s fin (banned throughout most of the world, incidentally), abalone, Japanese flower mushrooms, dried scallops, pork, ginseng, huan ham, chicken, and sea cucumber. It’s so unique and takes such a long time to prepare that you have to order it at least five days in advance.
The Samundari Khazana Curry — Bombay Brasserie, London
The name, loosely translated, means “seafood treasure” and it’s the crème de la crème of special curries. This dish is made from Devon crab, Beluga caviar, white truffle, gold leaf, four abalones, quail eggs, and a Scottish lobster coated in gold.
The Golden Phoenix Cupcake — Bloomsbury Café, Dubai
You’ll probably need to order this at least 48 hours in advance, but it’s worth it. Arguably the world’s most expensive cupcake, this Bloomsbury Café creation is made with Italian chocolate, vanilla beans from Uganda, and strawberries dipped in edible gold. It’s also apparently whipped with 24-carat gold sheets.