Eating fancy has always been a trend, but in recent years indulgence in expensive, rare food has become more of an adventure and an enjoyable experience rather than the status symbol it was in the old times. To cater to the whims of those who like to go all-out when ordering their food, chefs across the world have come up with delectable concoctions made of the rarest and priciest ingredients. These dishes include ingredients like white truffle (second most expensive food item in the world), Almas caviar (most expensive food item), edible gold and, in some cases, even diamond. Yes, you read that right. Like your food extra shiny? Think again. Some of these dishes will require you take a loan from the bank because they cost in millions of PKR.
The prices in this article are about to climb, the food’s getting blinged all over and most of us can’t even afford to dream about it, so grab your comfort food, folks. *grabs a packet of Doritos*
White Truffle and Gold Pizza, Margo’s, Malta ($2420)
A pizza that costs more than $50 per bite. Margo’s has set the world record for the most expensive pizza on the planet. This culinary and dollar-bill-heavy masterpiece consists of a thin-crust pizza baked in a wood-kiln, and a base of buffalo mozzarella, white truffles and is sprinkled with edible 24 karat gold leafs (yes, plural). Thinking about giving your girl a creative proposal? Present this golden pizza (it costs more than a medium sized solitaire ring), she’ll adore the idea and love to feast on it. This pizza apparently lacks tomatoes like the traditional version because tomatoes clash with the taste of white truffles (I believe the chef, because us peasants can’t actually know this).
Next time you have Domino’s, just pause to think if you’d been the crown prince of Dubai, you’d be eating Margo’s pizza instead.
The £ 19,000 taco by Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort, Mexico
This taco gives lavish eating a whole new definition. Loaded with the most rare and expensive ingredients, this taco really is the headline making dish. The five figure taco features Kobe beef, Almas caviar (the most expensive in the world), langoustine, black truffle brie cheese, a salsa of dried Morita chile peppers, civet coffee, and Ley .925 añejo tequila. Gold leaves are infused in the corn tortilla and are used as garnish. Next time you have Taco Tuesday give this beauty a thought, too. Though as Pakistanis, we’d object to the small portion size and rather opt for Waris’ nehari any day.
$3200 Samundari Khazana by Bombay Brasserie, London
The world’s most expensive seafood dish consists of generous amounts of all the succulent, rarest ingredients and is dubbed as the crème ala crème of curries (it’s basically a seafood curry). The lavish savory curry includes Devon crab, Beluga caviar, white truffle, gold leaf, four abalones, quail eggs, and a Scottish lobster coated in gold. Machi shorba’s glorified version will however take you to another dimension with it’s flavor packed gravy and the different types of meat melting in your mouth.
$1900 Sushi Del Oriente by Chef Angelito Araneta Jr
The chef known as the “Karat Chef” because of his habit of incorporating gold into all of his delectable, lavish creations. Of all his inventions the Sushi Del Oriente is by the far the most decadent. The traditional nori is replaced with gold in these nigiri rolls which have the luxe ingredients of Norwegian pink salmon, foie gras and each bite is topped with 0.5 karat African diamonds and three Palawan pearls.
1000$ Westin Hotel Bagel, New York City
Apparently, creativity and spending on food knows no bounds. Who would have thought that something as simple as a bagel could cost a $1000? And no, it’s not some hundred pounds, 50 feet bagel, it’s a regular sized one, but the ingredients are more than extraordinary: the topping consists of Alba white truffle cream cheese, goji-berry infused Reisling jelly and gold leaves. Thought you went fancy the last time you ordered salmon and caviar on your bagel? Think again. The chefs in New York are setting new precedents when it comes to really indulging in the bagel experience for breakfast.
The $2000 Pizza by Industry Kitchen’s Pizza, New York
The wood-fired, thin crust pizza is as delicious as it is expensive. It is topped with white Stilton, foie gras, French truffles, Oseta caviar, and sheets of gold flake garnished with edible flower petals. Look at that pizza, there is no denying the beauty in that culinary marvel, however, the cost of around $400 per slice might be a bit too high for the average pizza fan.
$777 by Burger Brasserie, Las Vegas
777 is Sin City’s lucky number, so if you go there to win the jackpot of your life, it won’t hurt to begin your day with this special burger. The wanna be high rollers who order this delicacy are treated to a thick patty of Kobe beef and Maine lobster (both rare specialties), topped with prosciutto, caramelized onions, triple cream brie imported specially from France, and a drizzle of a 100-year old balsamic vinegar (yikes). The buns are freshly baked and dusted with aged parmesan cheese. This burger really does have it all! It’s served with a bottle of Dom Perignon Rose, which gives you a little liquid courage before you have to pay the bill on this sinfully decadent burger.
The $666 Douche Burger
Never judge a burger by its name, although, the name in this case does sound catchy. The douche can be for the burger of the devil, whose number it represents through it’s price. The name may sound a bit unorthodox, to put it mildly, but the burger is too yummy to be passed on.
The burger features a Kobe beef patty stuffed with foie gras (talk about cholesterol control), wrapped in a gold-leaf wrapper. The succulent, aromatic patty is blanketed in molten gruyere (melted with champagne steam), then topped with caviar, truffles, lobster and a barbeque sauce made with Kopi Luwak coffee beans.
Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata
Next to the gold adorned bagel, this $1000 frittata will at least be more filling when you do decide to splurge a grand for eggs and lobster (a lot fancier version). The frittata consists of an entire Maine lobster, 10 ounces of exclusive Servuga caviar, the finest cream from France and Switzerland and the freshest chives the chefs can get their hands on. The eggs, thank God, come from normal hens, so there is one ingredient easily available if we decide to recreate the frittata at home.
The $169 hot dog: Tokyo Dog, Seattle
If a meat junkie’s dream could be manifested into a hot dog, this would be it. This hunk of delicious meaty creation is available after a two-weeks prior order. The restaurant focuses on making the Japanese flavors shine by smoking a foot-long cheese bratwurst on brioche bun with thick slices of Kobe beef. Nestled in between slices of the rich beef are teriyaki-onions, maitake mushrooms, foie gras, shaved black truffles, caviar and Japanese mayonnaise. It looks the entirety of delicious meats are stuffed into this foot long marvelous creation. I suggest you fast a good 12 hours before feasting on this meat monster.
So, folks, what are your thoughts on these expensive menu items? Are they worth their high prices? Which ones would you like to try? Let us know. Ciao!