Well, let’s say these fast food items can give any five-star restaurant a run for its money. Find out what makes these quick dishes so outrageously expensive. By Shikha Pushpan
1. Golden Opulence Sundae
To begin with, the Golden Opulence Sundae, prepared by New York-based Serendipity 3 restaurant, holds a Guinness World Record for the most expensive sundae in the world at INR68,740. Second, it uses 23-carat gold leaf, and imports the rest of its ingredients from around the world. Third, the restaurant needs at least 48 hours to prepare this extraordinary sundae that uses Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla, Amedei Porcelana (one of the world’s most expensive chocolates), rare Chuao chocolate from Venezuela, the exclusive Grand Passion Caviar (a type of dessert caviar), candied fruits from Paris, gold-covered almonds, chocolate truffles and marzipan cherries. Finally, it is topped with gold leaf, sugar flower, and is sprinkled with some more edible gold. The sundae is served in a Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet worth INR20,600, which the buyer gets to keep!
2. Frozen Haute Chocolate
Serendipity 3 is well known for its expensive offerings. After its success with the Golden Opulence Sundae, the restaurant came up with a INR17,18,500 Frozen Haute Chocolate in partnership with luxury jeweller Euphoria New York (euphorianewyork.com). Again a Guinness World Record winner, the dessert is a blend of 18 different types of cocoas, is infused with five grams of edible chocolate. It is topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with more gold. The dessert is served in an edible gold-lined goblet, at the base of which is kept an 18-carat gold bracelet with one-carat white diamonds, with La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier on the sides. It is eaten with a gold spoon decorated with white and chocolate-coloured diamonds.
3. Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata
Only 12 of these exorbitantly expensive omelettes are produced every year at the Norma restaurant in Manhattan-based Le Parker Meridien hotel. Therefore, look forward to massive advance bookings—just in case you’re ready to shell out INR1,37,480. The dish includes 10 ounces of Sevurga caviar, an entire lobster, six eggs, cream, chives and lobster sauce. A smaller version of the dish is also available for INR13,740 where they use just one ounce of caviar.
A burger for INR1,21,670? Sure, if it has edible gold, Beluga caviar, Iranian saffron, lobster, black truffle brie, champagne and white truffle, and duck egg covered in gold leaf. Honky Tonk, an American diner-style restaurant in London, came out with this exquisite burger some time back and the creation has been a rage ever since. Inside the gold-coated bun is placed, a 280gm patty made with Kobe Wagyu Beef and New Zealand venison, lobster poached in Iranian saffron, and maple syrup coated streaky bacon. At last, the bun is seasoned with Japanesw matcha and cream mayonnaise.
5. The US$ 1,000-Bagel
The world’s most expensive bagel is served at The Westin New York for INR68,700. A signature creation of Frank Tujage, Executive Chef at The Westin, the bagel is topped with white truffle cream cheese, goji berry jelly, and gold leaves. The hotel takes orders at least 24 hours in advance. The silver lining to this extravaganza: sales and proceeds from this creation are donated to the Les Amis d’Escoffier Scholarship, a charity benefiting non-affluent culinary students.
6. Pizza Royale 007
Domenico Crolla of UK-based Bella Napoli holds the record for making the world’s most expensive pizza. Prized at INR 2,88,700, the pizza is prepared with toppings of cognac-marinated lobster, champagne-soaked caviar, venison, and 24-carat gold leaves. However, not many know the story behind the inception of the pizza. The chef wanted to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation and therefore, he put up the pizza on eBay and fetched INR 2,88,700 for his creation. It was bought by Maurizio Morelli, an Italian lawyer and charitable food connoisseur from Rome.
Ever imagined a quick burger meal could set you back by INR 3,43,700? Well, that’s exactly what happened at the Las Vegas-based restaurant, Fleur de Lys (now closed) where Chef Hubert Keller served a burger and champagne paired meal with the exorbitant price tag. While the patty was prepared with Kobe beef, the brioche truffle bun included toppings black truffles and foie grass. The burger was served along with Chateau Petrus 1990 poured out in Ichendorf Brunello champagne flutes. The best part? The customer got to keep the champagne flutes.
8. Velvet Goldmine Milkshake
The Powder Room in Hollywood, California, had one of the most talked-about openings in town when it came up with its INR 34,370 milkshake, called Velvet Goldmine. Designed by award-winning mixologist, Adrianne Biggs, the drink combines premium spirits with Belgian chocolate and edible gold. To top it all, the customers are gifted a Swarovski Nirvana Montana blue crystal ring as souvenir.