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The Top 20 Most Expensive Dishes in the World

Posted: October 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Going out to dinner with friends is a relaxing way to eat, catch up on the news and taste some fantastic food. When it comes to the end of the night and the bill appears, discussions often take place over who insists on paying for the meal. With these dishes though, it might be wise to take up their offer – and to hope they haven’t seen the price they will be paying!

1. Masa Toro with caviar – Bar Masa, New York £150

Bar Masa isn’t high on the short list of places to drink and eat for anyone on a budget, but adding this snack to the tab is going to really hurt the credit card. A combination of fatty tuna and caviar sculpted into eight bite-sized rolls will cost you £150. If you eat at the Las Vegas outpost, the blow is softened – but only slightly as it comes served with a buttered brioche.


2. Dragon Dog – DougieDog, Vancouver £65

Buying a hot dog at a festival often comes at a price these days and you ask for extra onions to try to get value for money. Visit DougieDog in Canada though and you’ll need deep pockets for their extravaganza of a hot dog. A combination of bratwurst sausage coated in Louis XIII cognac which is 100 years old and then topped with lobster and Kobe beef, you’ll be hit by the price of £65 as much as the picante sauce which gives it the final taste sensation. Almost 800 were sold in the first year it went on the restaurant menu.


3. 12 ounce Wagyu Kobe steak- The Old Homestead Steakhouse, New York £220

The Old Homestead Steakhouse is selling up to 25 Japanese Wagyu Kobe steaks on any night they can secure supplies of this prized Japanese beef. For the majority of the population, the massive £220 price tag would be a deterrent but the restaurant requires prior notice to be given if it’s a menu choice as they ‘fly off the grill’ whenever available.


4. Golden Opulence Sundae – Serendipity 3, New York, £615

Going out for a sundae is often the best way of spending a romantic afternoon together on a first date or a way to treat the children. Visit Serendipity 3 though and you’ll be hoping for a free refill on the ice cream when you see the £615 price tag on their Golden Opulence dessert. Created in 2004, it sells at a rate of 25 per year and is a mix of vanilla ice cream, 23 carat edible gold leaf, vanilla beans and chocolate truffles. It’s topped off with candied fruits and comes complete with a bowl of caviar. You can take home the 18 carat gold spoon you are presented with to eat it as a souvenir.


5. FleurBurger – Fleur, Las Vegas, £3,000

A dish created from a desire to beat an existing high price menu item at a rival restaurant, this Kobe burger is topped with a slice of seared foie gras and thinly grated truffles. It’s accompanied by a bottle of eye-wateringly expensive 1995 Chateau Petrus and then after the meal, a pair of crystal stemware glasses are delivered to the home of those who have ordered this pricy meat feast. Around 5 are sold each year.

fleur burger

6. Stilt Fisherman Indulgence – Fortress Hotel, Sri Lanka £8,800

It would need to either be a very special occasion or a very strong affiliation with stilt fishing to make the decision to order this dessert served up at the Fortress Hotel. With not much change from £9,000 per portion, you will be presented with Italian cassata with a base of champagne, decorated in gold leaf and surrounded by spun sugar. It comes complete with a sculpted fisherman to recognise the local maritime industry and the show stopping addition of an 80 carat aquamarine gem.


7. Bowl of strawberries – Arnaud’s New Orleans, £2.5 million

Ordering a bowl of strawberries for dessert may be light on the calorie count, but unless you’ve double checked the menu, it is going to be hardest price to swallow at a staggering £2.5 million per person at Arnaud’s restaurant in New Orleans. They’ve ditched their value option pudding costing almost a million in favour of this mix of strawberries and vanilla ice cream complete with a port and spices sauce and topped with a 7.09 carat pink diamond. The restaurant admit it isn’t their best seller.


8. Almas Caviar – Caviar House and Prunier, London, £15,500

As starters go, caviar is a luxury choice, whatever the price. However, at £15,500 per person, you’d want the main course and dessert to be slightly less expensive. Almas caviar is incredibly rare and sourced from Iran. It’s presented in a gold can.


9. The Samundari Khazana – Bombay Brasserie, London, £2,000

Popping out for a takeaway has never been so painful on the credit card. This tempting meal of Devon crab, caviar, slices of white truffle and gold leaf is accompanied by gold covered lobster and quail eggs. Let’s hope they still throw in some free poppadoms with a portion or two of the most expensive curry in the world.

Samundari Khazana

10. Meat Pie – Fence Gate Inn, Lancashire, £8,195

Pie chips and gravy has never been so heavy on the pocket. The pie served up by the Fence Gate Inn holds the world record for the most expensive pie in the world. It contains Wagyu beef fillet, black truffles, French Bluefoot mushrooms, gravy made from two bottles of 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild wine and topped with edible gold leaf. If you can only manage a slice, that’s also available at a ‘make every mouthful’ count price of £1,000.

Fence Gate Inn

 11. Cream cheese bagel – Westin Hotel, New York, £600

If you crave a mid-morning snack at work and pop out for a bagel, you’ll need more than loose change for this cream cheese bagel delicacy in New York.

It comes filled to the brim with white truffle cream cheese and goji-berry jam. It’s decorated with edible gold leaf and some of the proceeds go a catering scholarship scheme.


12. Florette Sea and Earth Salad – Hempel Hotel, London, £620

Available for one week only, this jaw-droppingly expensive salad was created by Raymond Blanc. It had all the finest ingredients in the culinary world; caviar, truffle, lobster and gold leaf. It was topped with 30-year old balsamic vinegar.

13. 20 course taster menu – Sublimotion, Ibiza, £1,200

Only open during the summer and seating a maximum of 12 people per evening, this is a meal to reserve for a truly unique experience.

This 20 course taster evening is as much about location and ambience as you’re taken through a series of rooms to your white table in white room to eat courses such as olive oil in three ways, a Bloody Mary you make yourself and ice cream served with pistachio cookies which is placed on a spinning CD and suspended in mid-air.

Your evening MC performs tricks with the food as it arrives and videos are projected onto the walls so that you feel different sensations such as you feel as if one minute you’re flying and the next that there are flowers growing under your plate.

14. Bacon sandwich – Tangberry’s Café, Cheltenham, £145

The smell of a bacon sandwich on a Sunday morning is the perfect weekend breakfast to wake up to. Take a trip to Tangberry’s though and you’ll find the price is more a rude awakening than a gentle alarm call. At almost £150 per sandwich, you’ll find you’re eating rare breed bacon along with black truffles, gold leaf, saffron and a sprinkling of gold dust. The money raised from sales was donated to an education charity in Swaziland.

15. Pizza – Margo’s Pizzeria, Malta, £1,500

Friday night with a pizza, a bottle of wine and a DVD is the favourite pastime of many. It’s a great way to save money on spending the evening in a bar, but order this pizza from Margo’s and you’ll wish you’d spent the night out partying instead. For this astronomical price – and the world record for the most expensive pizza – you’ll be presented with toppings of 100 grams of white truffles and gold leaf. It has to be ordered a week in advance.