When you think of expensive food, what typically comes to mind is organic produce and high-end restaurant meals. But in extreme cases, you have culinary experimentations that somehow gain enough traction to become bank-breaking dishes that are renowned as much for their gastronomic ingredients and hefty price tag as the taste itself.
With that said, we thought we'd whet your appetite with 30 of the most expensive meals in the world.
30. Dragon Dog by DougieDog: Vancouver, Canada- $100
Whilst hot dogs are pretty darn great, we all know they are mostly the more questionable parts of the animal ground down and shaped into a sausage and then put in a roll, and that's why they are often very cheap but Dougie Luv of DougieDog decided to go the other way and try to create the world's most expensive hot dog.
A foot-long bratwurst is infused with hundred-year-old Louis XIII cognac and topped with fresh lobster, Picante sauce, and Kobe beef seared in olive and truffle oil before being tossed in a bun and served up. However, you may have to order up to 12 hours in advance so that the ingredients can be sourced, but Dougie does claim around three are usually kept on reserve at most times. With around 783 of these dogs sold some people clearly have thought it worth splashing out on.
29. Cheesesteak by Barclay Prime: Philadelphia, USA - $100
Dressing up the classic Philadelphia cheesesteak, Barclay Prime use wage rib eye cut down with foie gras and topped with truffled homemade fontina cheese on a sesame roll to really make it something special in the city that invented the dish. It also comes with a glass of Dom Perignon champagne and is surprisingly popular.
Often ordered by people in groups, there is no need to order this in advance as the kitchen has what they need.
28. Coffin Bay Oyster- $100
Everyone knows that oysters are a delicious, palate cleansing luxury that goes well with any main course. But would you pay $100 for one of the best tasting oysters ever? If you're rich, then probably.
Sold at Australia's Coffin Bay, they weigh up to 1 kilogram are often served up with refreshing slices of lemon.
27. Gordon Ramsay's Pizza- $120
The verbose celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay sells the second most expensive pizza at his London restaurant, Maze. Doused in onion puree, mozzarella, white truffle paste, mizuna lettuce, fontina cheese, cep mushrooms, pancetta, and ornamented with a precious Italian white truffle; this pizza is indeed a delight, and worth the price.
In fact, this pizza is so good; if Gordon would take this to Italy, we're sure he'd get a standing ovation.
26. Tokyo Dog- $169
Served in the uber-trendy Washington city, Seattle the Tokyo Dog is derived from an American staple and transforming it into a gastronomic concoction comprised of Wagyu beef, foie gras, and caviar and shaved black truffles, this dish seems uber-tasty.
This dish is so expensive it even holds the Guinness book of world record as the most expensive hot dog.
25. Buddha Jumps Over The Wall Soup by Kai Mayfair: London, UK - $170
The world's costliest soup, this dish used to contain the highly prized shark fin so often lauded in Asian cuisine but the sale of this is not prohibited in the UK so is replaced with noodles to go along with the abalone, Japanese flower mushroom, sea cucumber, dried scallops, chicken, huan ham, pork, and ginseng.
The kitchen has to have five days notice before ordering and it and it comes in at around $170 (depending on the strength of the £ at the time of buying as it costs £108.)
24. Masa Toro with Caviar by Bar Masa: New York City, USA - $240
Sushi can range in price depending on quality, ingredients and how far away from the sea you are. But Bar Masa in New York and Las Vegas sell tiny bites of Masa Toro with Caviar for an eye-watering $240 which is 8 rolls of fatty, tuna, caviar, rice and avocado wrapped up in bite-sized chunks and served with a crisp, buttery brioche on the side.
Bar Masa is not the cheapest of places, to begin with, but this will really add to your bill!
23. Billion Dollar Popcorn- $250
Whilst not entirely living up to its name “Billion Dollar Popcorn”, make no mistake, this popcorn isn't cheap. At $250 a tub, this caramel-soaked corn comes from the exotic island of Laeso. It is finished off with edible gold flakes and comes in both salt and sweet flavors.
For those who want to preserve their bank balance and keep their teeth, they can make the more prudent purchase of one kernel for $5!
22. Wagyu Beef Steak by The Old Homestead Steakhouse: New York City, USA - $350
Wagyu beef is imported from Japan and sees the cows it comes from preened and pampered, regularly massaged so as not to become tense and make the meat stringy and they are fed barley and given beer to drink (as well as being bathed in it) to make sure they remain fatty and tender. The conditions the cows are kept in, and the import cost means that the cost is really bumped up.
Coming in a 12-ounce portion, up to 25 steaks are sold a night, and there is no need to reserve, but it is recommended as they often sell out as quickly as they come in.
21. Fish Pie- $390
Fish pie is a family favourite that has probably been made by your mother a few times in your life, but it probably wasn't doused in Dom Perignon champagne and stuffed with scallops, oysters, salmon, Turbot, and white truffles.
The exclusive dish is finished with lobster tails, gold flakes, and caviar.
20. The Douche Burger- $666
If you're going to price a burger at $666, then you have to be pretty douchey, right? All joking aside, this expensive but mouthwateringly delicious burger certainly sounds appealing if you're willing to cough up the cash.
Cooked at the famous New York City food truck 666, the burger is made from “Kobe beef patty laden in gold leaf, foie gras, caviar, lobster, truffles, imported aged gruyere cheese kopi luwak bbq sauce and Himalayan rock salt.”
19. Decadence D'Or Cupcake by Sweet Surrender: Las Vegas, USA - $750
Given that the whole point of a cupcake is that it is a small, handheld cake you can devour in one easy sitting you would be hard pushed to find one that costs too much money. That is, unless, you find yourself at Sweet Surrender in Las Vegas where one created from chocolate made from Venezuela's rare Porcelana Criollo bean, Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac topped with Tahitian Gold Vanilla Caviar and edible gold flakes and served in a hand blown sugar Fleur-de-Lis.
Due to the effort needed alone to make it, 48 hours in advance are needed to be given if you wish to try this cake out.
18. Bloomsbury's Cupcakes- $900
Cupcakes are a delightful culinary pastime that one would enjoy for their afternoon tea, but in the Bloomsbury’s Cupcakes store in Dubai, they've turned these age-old treats into expensive, luxury treats.
The cupcakes are wrapped in edible gold (of course they are) and are made with rare Ugandan vanilla beans, Amedei Porcelena cocoa and organic British flour and butter.
17. Westin Hotel Bagel- $1000
When you couldn't find a more pretentious dish, up pops the Westin Hotel Bagel. For $1000 a pop, the unique bagel is rammed with the finest ingredients from goji berry infused jelly to white truffle cream cheese, and gold leaves.
While no doubt intended to encourage people with more money than sense to impress their clients and try one, we're sure we'd have a taste ourselves if we had the cash .
16. Golden Opulence Sundae by Serendipity 3: New York City, USA - $1000
First created in 2004 for the restaurant's 50th anniversary, this sundae sees the ice cream and caviar used in its concoction being flown into the restaurant and so it must be ordered up to 48 hours in advance but that, along with the auspicious cost, haven't stopped over 200 people ordering the dessert.
Three scoops of Tahitian vanilla ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla beans, topped with 23K edible gold leaf, topped with candied fruits, gold dragets, chocolate truffles and a bowl of caviar and coming in a Baccarat Harcourt goblet with a 18K gold spoon.
15. Bellissima Pizza by Nino's Bellissima Pizzeria: New York City, USA - $1000
Six different types of caviar totaling $820 by themselves sit on top of a regular pizza pie that is then topped off with lobster tail for good measure. Despite all of this decadence, this isn't even the most expensive pizza in the world (which will get a mention later), but it does still need to be ordered a few days in advance.
Despite New York and Chicago regularly claiming to be the home of pizza, neither can lay claim to the world's most expensive pizza, which isn't even in America (or Italy for that matter.)
14. Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata by Norma's: New York City, USA - $1000
Despite its name, it does not cost a zillion dollars but rather only a thousand, which is still enough to make it the world's most expensive omelet. A lobster laying on a bed of fried potatoes and then covered in egg and then sprinkled with 10 ounces of caviar, around 10-12 of these are sold by the restaurant each year.
They do have a cheaper $100 of the frittata but that only has one ounce of caviar on it, so is it really worth it?
13. Coq au Vin- $1500
You haven't had Coq au Vin until you dine at Coq d’Argent in London. Their take on the classic French dish is so well-received they can now get away with charging the customer $1,500 per serving.
Most of that price comes from the chicken itself. Bresse chicken is a rare type that is marinated in Le Chambertin Grand Cru, Trapet 2009 24 hours before being served, making for one of the most delightful dishes you'll ever taste.
12. White Truffle and Gold Pizza by Margo's: Malta - $2,420
The world's most expensive pizza is found on the tiny island nation of Malta where a week is needed to create the dish as the truffles used on it are flown in from Piemonte. Due to the fluctuations in the price of white truffles, the pizza is a minimum of $2,420 and could cost more.
Also being topped with organic water buffalo mozzarella and 24K gold leaf, it is only available during truffle season from October through May and is captioned on the menu with "This is not just a pizza, this is a sign from God telling us how great She is."
11. Samundari Khazana Curry - $3200
Curry is an exotic, fragrant but usually cheap dish you can pretty much find anywhere. But there's only one Bombay Brassiere, and it's there ‘Samundari Khazana Curry’ that will make you revaluate was constitutes a good curry... if you can afford to try it.
At $3,200, it is by fair the world's most expensive curry with its ingredients consisting of Devon crab, Beluga caviar, white truffle, gold leaf, a gold-coated Scottish lobster, abalones, and caviar-stuffed quail eggs. Feeling hungry yet?
10. Fleur Burger by Fleur: Las Vegas, USA - $5000
Kobe beef (also known as Wagyu, which we mentioned earlier) is used in the burger patties which is then topped with seared foie gras and truffles on a brioche truffle bun. This is pricey but for those who order the burger, a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus wine and the two crystal stemware glasses will be delivered to their home by the restaurant.
There is no need to order in advance but, given its price, only around 26 have been ordered so far.
9. The Trilogy by Gleneagles Hotel: Scotland, UK - $5,102
A cocktail that comes coupled with jewelry, the luxury hotel in Scotland teamed up with their in-house jewelers Mappin & Webb to create a series of cocktails that come accompanied by jewelry which is where most of the cost comes from. The most expensive of these is the Trilogy which is Stolichnaya Elite vodka with a twist of lemon and a 18K white gold ring as a garnish with a baguette and pave diamonds.
Unfortunatley, we couldn't find an actual photo, but with such a description, it's almost better left to the imagination.
8. The Densuke Watermelon- $6,100
We all love gnawing on a refreshing slice of watermelon on a summer afternoon, but few could look you in the eye and say they've tried the Densuke watermelon. Grown exclusively in Hokkaido, Japan, the watermelons weigh a whopping17 pounds with only a few of these fruits harvested each season.
Their price comes not only from their rarity but their sheer juiciness.
Tasty? You bet.
7. Salvatore's Legacy by Salvatore at Playboy: London, UK - $8,633
Using ingredients that effectively make it the world's oldest cocktail alongside one of the most expensive, it comprises of 1788 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, 1770 Kummel Liqueur, 1860 Dubb Orange Curacao and early 20th century Angostura Bitters and was created by Salvatore Calabrese.
It can only be ordered with the approval of Salvatore with only three having been purchased since its inception.
6. Diamond Studded Martini by Algonquin Hotel: New York City, USA - $10,000
Just a straight up martini, this cocktail is so expensive because the hotel works with its in-house jewelers to procure a customizable diamond ring (or just the lone diamond should you wish) which will be served in the drink at the hotel's Blue Bar. The drink itself isn't that costly (although it does use the very best of Grey Goose vodka) with the ring being what pushes it so high on this list.
Still, if you can live without the diamonds, you can save a fair few grand by just ordering a regular martini.
5. Ono by XS Nightclub: Las Vegas, USA - $10,000
Another $10,000 drink that features some serious jewelry, the beverage itself consists of Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie 1981 and Louis XIII de Remy Martin Black Pearl cognac but comes with a pair of men's silver cufflinks and a woman's 18K white-gold chain with a black pearl pendant.
The drink is by no means cheap but, again, most of the price here comes from the jewelry.
4. Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence Dessert by The Fortress Resort & Spa: Sri Lanka - $14,500
A decadent dessert that is made with gold leaf Italian cassata, flavored with fruit-infused Irish cream over the top of a fruit compote, a Dom Perignon champagne sabayon at the base and handmade chocolate carving in the shape of a local stilt fisherman. The real kicker, though, is the 80 carat Aquamarine gemstone that tops it off.
Orders have to be made a day in advance and can be ordered at the resort's DUO restaurant.
3. Frozen Hot Chocolate- $25,000
First off, why would you want to try frozen hot chocolate? Second of all, why would you waste $25,000 trying it? Well, some people have more money than sense, and the ‘The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate’, served at the swanky Serendipity 3 decided to use 14 of the rarest cocoas spawned from the faraway continents of Africa and South America to convince the rich and boastful to try it.
The precious liquid also uses the most expensive truffle on the planet, the La Madeline au Truffle. The finished product is served in a Harcourt crystal goblet comprised of 23-carat gold and decorated with an 18-carat gold diamond bracelet connected to the beaker.
For that amount of money, you'd hope they'd let you take it home in a doggy bag, right?!
2. Chocolate Pudding by Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel: Lake District, UK - $350, 000
Although a chocolate pudding doesn't sound as though it should be so pricey, this dessert is made with high-end chocolate, gold leaf, champagne and caviar and is then layered with champagne jelly and laced with edible gold as well as including a diamond with it. The prep that goes into it requires it to be ordered two weeks in advance to dining.
Only one has ever been ordered, but it remains available if you're feeling like getting rid of some money.
1. Strawberries Arnaud by Arnaud's: New Orleans, USA - $3.95 Million
Partnering with MS Rau antiques, Arnaud's came up with a package designed for proposals where you order there signature dish of strawberries served in a marinade of port, red wine, spices and citrus with vanilla ice cream which would then come 4.71 karat diamond ring. The original ring is no longer available (presumably due to being sold), but you can now get it with a 7.09-carat pink diamond.
Despite this, it remains Arnaud's worst selling dessert; we can't think why.