Care to indulge in the world’s most expensive meals? Food, glorious food! It does not take much to make a man happy. Just give him a bagel for breakfast, maybe pizza for lunch, then, a heavy steak dinner with some mushrooms, cantaloupes and watermelon fruit on the side. If you have money, however, you can have the real costly versions of all these food. Here now is a list of the most expensive foods in the world.
21. The bacon bling burger: $235
From Tangberry’s cafe in Cheltenham, UK. It includes “rare breed bacon,” black truffles, truffle oil, gold leaf, gold dust, and saffron.
20. Pule: $700 per pound
Donkey cheese from the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve in Serbia.
19. Zillion dollar lobster frittata: $1,000
From Norma’s Restaurant in New York. It contains 1lb. of lobster with egg, potatoes and 10oz. of caviar.
18. The Golden Opulence Sundae: $1,000
The Golden Opulence Sundae was served at Serendipity 3 for the restaurant’s 50th anniversary in 2004 and was named the most expensive sundae by the Guinness Book of World Records. The sundae is made with Tahitian Vanilla ice cream, 23 carat gold leaf, Amedei Porceleana (the worlds most expensive chocolate), candied fruits, gold draggets, truffles, marzipan cherries, and topped with Grand Passion Caviar.
17. Florette Sea and Earth salad: $1,013
From Hempel Hotel in London, UK. Made by celebrity chef Raymond Blanc, consisting of beluga caviar, grated truffle, gold leaf, Cornish crab and lobster, and 30-year-old balsamic.
16. Saffron: $1,013
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world and comes from the saffron crocus flower. It takes 75,000 dried filaments from the flower to make one pound of saffron
15. Luxe Gold Cupcake: $1,227.70
Created by the Food Network, this cupcake is made from peach and champagne jam, Chateau d’Yquem buttercream and 24 carat gold leaf
14. Albarragena jamon Iberico de Bellota: $2,682
From London, UK. This ham is made from pigs raised in Extremadura, Spain, which are fed on acorns and roots. The ham comes with its own DNA certificate.
13. Angelito Araneta’s golden sushi: $2,700
From Manila, Philippines. A 24-karat gold leaf wraps the sushi. It’s also encrusted with 0.2 carat African diamonds and served with three Mikimoto pearls.
12. Craftsteak’s Wagyu Ribeye: $2,800
Wagyu beef is a sought-after item because of its high percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Its genetic predisposition also allows it to have an acceptable ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fats. The best of the lot is the one from Kobe, raised in the prefecture of Hyogo in Japan. The cows raised here are fed with beer and are massaged regularly to ensure tenderness. A full Wagyu ribeye in Craftsteak in New York was once served for $2,800. The restaurant is now closed, however, and replaced with Colicchio & Sons.
11. Pizza Royale 007′: $4,200
The most expensive pizza in the world, created by chef Domenico Crolla. The pizza has some of the most extravagant ingredients in the world including lobster marinated in cognac, caviar soaked in champagne, sunblush tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, venison medallions, prosciutto, and vintage balsamic vinegar. If that isn’t decadent enough, the pizza is also topped with edible, 24-carat gold flakes. The Pizza Royale 007′ was sold on eBay to The Fred Hollows Foundation.
10. Bombay Brassiere’s Samundari Khazana Curry: $3,200
As the world was dancing to Nicole Scherzinger and the rest of The Pussycat Doll’s “Jai Ho (You are My Destiny)” while celebrating the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Bombay Brassiere decided to create a curry dish fit for winners of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Devon crab? Check. White truffle? Check. Beluga caviar in gold leaf? Check. There are also gold-coated Scottish lobsters, four abalones, and four quail eggs filled with even more caviar.
9. Anqi pho soup: $5,000
From Tiato restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. It’s made from Wagyu beef, white alba truffles, a foie gras broth, and hand-raised bean sprouts.
8. Densuke Black Watermelon: $6,100
Black watermelons are rare items, especially the Densuke variety that is only grown in the island of Hokkaido in Japan. A harvest will typically yield only a few dozen fruits. What makes it special, aside from its rarity? Its hardness and crispness are just perfect, plus, the level of sweetness is just incomparable. A fruit that weighed 17 pounds once went for $6,100.
7. Yubari King: $22,872
The Yubari King (or Yubari Melon) is hybrid cantaloupe that is grown in greenhouses in Yūbari, Japan. The Yubari melon is a cross between Earl’s Favourite and Burpee’s “Spicy” Cantaloupe.
6. The Frrrozen Haute chocolate ice cream: $25,000
From Serendipity 3 in New York. It consists of a blend of cocoas, including 14 of the world’s most expensive varieties, with edible 24-karat gold, and served in a golden goblet lined with white diamonds.
5. Iranian Beluga Caviar Almas: $28,000
The Almas caviar is an extremely rare food item from Iran. Caviars are already expensive to begin with, but the rarity of this item makes it even more expensive. As a matter of fact, even finding a store that sells it is like looking for a needle in the haystack. The only store known to carry this item is the Caviar House & Prunier located in Picadilly in London. The store packages the caviar on a per kilo basis and places it in a tin made of 24 karat gold. Selling price is $25,000. If you want just a taste of it, then a smaller tin is sold for $1,250.
4. Royal slice of cake: $29,900
From the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s 1937 wedding cake.
3. Italian White Alba Truffle: $160,406
Truffles are expensive items, but none as dear as the Italian white alba version. These items have become difficult to cultivate, thus explaining the exorbitant price. A huge white alba truffle that came in at around 1.51 kilograms was once sold for over $160,000. A retail investor from Hong Kong and his wife brought home the truffle.
2. White Truffles: $330,000
Truffles have always commanded a high price tag because they are so difficult to cultivate. In 2007, Stanley Ho, a casino owner, paid $330,000 for a 3.3 lb. white truffle.
1. The Cultured Beef Burger: $332,000
This burger was actually cultivated in a lab at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. The five-ounce Cultured Beef Burger was actually grown from stem cells by a Dutch scientist, Mark Post. The project was funded by Sergey Brin, CEO and co-founder of Google, to promote animal welfare. The burger was featured at a launch event in London back in August of 2013. The burger may not be widely affordable or accessible to the public yet, but it certainly presents some pretty amazing opportunities for the future.
I’m not sure I’d spend more than this in two lifetimes, but hey, if you’ve got the money and you’re into indulgence, why not?
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