Written by Shukti Sarma
One cannot enjoy life unless it tastes good. And sometimes, it comes at a steep cost, literally.
We all know about caviar and truffles. But there are other rare delicacies and dishes that everyone wants to taste at least once. From a $25,000 chocolate sundae to a mushroom pie worth $12,500- gorge on the most exquisite culinary creations, at least with your eyes.
Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata
What can be a better breakfast than a $1,000 dish? This delicacy, from Norma's at the Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York City, contains 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar, the price of which can go up to S170 per ounce. There is one whole lobster and eggs involved. However, the chefs insist that they don’t ‘make money’ on it, they just sell the dish ‘at about cost’.
But if you don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket, you can order the scaled down version, which comes at $100. This ‘poor man’s frittata’ is more popular than the high end one; and gets about ten customers a month. The hotel says that the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata started out as a joke, but has now become their brand identity.
Buddha Jumps Over The Wall Soup
The world’s most expensive soup, and must be ordered five days in advance. Kay Mayfair in London serves it for $165. The soup is rather (in)famous for its chief ingredient, which is shark fin. Apart from that Chinese mushroom, ginseng, sea cucumber and gold goes into this.
The soup originated during the Qing dynasty in China, and its curious name is a nod to its ability to lure vegetarian Buddhist monks out of their pledge and eat meat. Legend says that once a traveler was warming this dish over fire, and the smell reached Buddhist monks, who jumped over the wall to have a taste. This delicacy, however, is also frowned upon by environmentalists and animal rights activists, who have noted that shark finning is a destructive practice which has grave environmental consequences.
Steak and Mushroom Pie
What is better than wine that costs $6,800? A pie which is baked using that wine, along with Wagyu or Kobe beef, gold leaf, black truffle and matusutake mushrooms. This pie, which comes at $12,500-$16,000, uses two bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Created by Chef Spencer Burge of Fence Gate Inn in the United Kingdom, one slice of this decadent pie costs $2,000.
This is the scaled up version of a traditional recipe. A representative of the Fence Gate Inn once told a reporter, “It started as silliness, but got out of control.” This pie was ‘invented’ in 2005. Customers agree with the Inn that this pie is a cut way above other expensive pie, and anybody who wants a special food experience should indulge in it. To wash it down, there is a flute of decadent champagne.
End of History Beer
There is nothing a good beer can’t clear, even the $1,100 bill. And possibly the taste of roadkill. From BrewDog in Scotland, comes this Belgian beer which is packaged within taxidermied squirrels and weasels– which the company insists are all roadkills. This is basically a blond Hungarian ale, which has juniper berries, nettles and mead going with it.
The website says, “The name derives from the famous work of philosopher Francis Fukuyama, “The End of History and Man.” BrewDog says, “The beer is the last high abv beer we are going to brew, the end point of our research into how far they can push the boundaries of extreme brewing, the end of beer.”
Louis XIII pizza
Befitting its regal disposition is its $12,000 price tag. This decadent pizza is 20 cm in diameter; the bread is topped with lobsters, three types of caviar, eight types of cheese and has Louis XIII Remy Martin cognac or Krug Clos Du Mesnil champagne poured on it. The treat is garnished with hand-picked Pink Australian river salt from Murray basin. It can be ordered anywhere in Italy. One call, and chef Renato Viola dispatches his army of chefs to make it for you. They just need 72 hours.
The pizza is then served with an extravagant champagne, and is served on limited edition plates and cutlery. Chef Viola has won many awards for his innovative offering, which combines traditional pizza making with new flavours.
Frrrozen Haute Chocolate
The sweetest dessert in the world comes with a $25,000 price tag and generous sprinkling of gold. It is currently the Guinness Book record holder for being the costliest dessert. This sundae is a high end version of the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, which is served by Serendipity 3. The chefs say it is a mix of various kinds of cocoas and milks. Thrown in is five grams of 24 carat gold, and whipped cream, and is topped by La Madeline au Truffe- the most expensive chocolate in the world.
If you want to indulge yourself, you have to give a two week notice to the restaurant. Serendipity 3 is no stranger to expensive dishes though; its foot-long hot dogs are valued at $69.