They say America is the only country in the world where our poor people are fat, which is only half the truth. Our rich people are really fat, but they get overlooked. Well, no more. The rich should be fat. Not only can they afford to eat, but they can afford to eat well—dishes that cost in the thousands of dollars. Now, I don’t really believe that rich people should be fat, but if I was rich Uncle Pennybags, I would be scarfing down some of these menu items like they were going out of style. So let’s check out some of the most expensive menu items in the world.
Note: I figured variety would be more important than accuracy here, as the top ten menu items here are undoubtedly ten kobe steaks somewhere in Japan, so I have brought to you a smattering of the worlds most expensive dishes in various categories and cuisines. I hope one day you can learn to forgive me.
It’s an oddly specific number for soup, but I’m guessing that the American dollar probably isn’t the original currency for the Taiwanese restaurant Niu Ba, located in Taipei. While I can’t vouch for the quality, the variety of offerings in this soup is pretty impressive, as Niu Ba presents over 20 types of noodles for your choosing and includes four cuts of beef in the soup. Comfort food indeed.
That’s an expensive bowl of soup. At Shaboo in the Aria Hotel and Casino in Vegas, diners aren’t presented with a menu, but rather simply select from imported meats to dip into a bubbling vat of broth, cooking it. Yeah, it doesn’t sound that great to me either, but I don’t have $500 bucks to spend on soup, so what do I know? Well, I know enough that if I had $500 bucks, I probably wouldn’t spend it on soup.
Six eggs, a whole lobster, ten ounces of caviar, which is a disgusting amount of caviar, and probably some truffles, though none are listed. It’s nice to start your day with an omelet that costs more than 8 Americans make in a day. That’s it. I’m going to play the lottery. This dish is available at Norma’s in the Parker Meridian hotel. I have actually eaten at this place, and it’s not quite as pricey as this entry would lead you to believe. $18 bucks scores you two chocolate waffles with peanut butter cream sandwiched in between. Somewhere, my mom is yelling at me for eating that for breakfast three years ago.
Yeah, I went out of sequence with this one, but only because it’s a pretty silly concept (even by this list’s standards). Nonetheless, it’s a really expensive dish, so here we go. The Strawberries Arnaud at Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans cost more than a Bugatti, or a small island nation, but of course, it has little to do with the quality of the fruit. The dish, which consists of strawberries, ice cream, port sauce, whipped cream, mint, and a five-carat pink diamond. It belonged to some British guy named Sir Ernest Cassel, which means nothing to me. I’m told he’s a “financier,” which makes me care even less. Essentially, you’re buying a diamond and they’re throwing in a sundae. Let’s move on.
Sounds like something that either costs a fortune or comes free at a Chinese buffet. Because we’re dealing with the most expensive foods, of course it’s the former. Created to celebrate Serendipity’s 50th anniversary in Manhattan, the sundae boasts five scoops of Tahitian vanilla (none of that Mexican BS for their customers), the world’s most expensive chocolate, Amedel Porceleana in syrup form, another type of crumbly chocolate called Chuao, candied fruits, truffles (I’m guessing they mean the chocolates and not the fungus, but who knows?) and some caviar. Cause you really can’t have ice cream without caviar, you savage. Oh, and to dig in, they also give you a mother-of-pearl spoon that I would totally steal.
And to think, this whole time I’ve been eating poverty pizza likes some sort of sucker. So how do you make bread and cheese cost a cool grand? I don’t know how you do it, but Nino’s Bellissima in Manhattan spackles it with lobster, caviar, and crème fraiche until the customer don’t know what’s what. Excuse me. Six kinds of caviar. Because only five types would be for poor people and seven types would be gaudy. Oh and there’s chives. Yay, chives?
It better be a huge bowl! It’s actually not. The Samundari Khazana curry served at the Bombay Brasserie features a blend of seafood that includes abalone, crab, caviar, and lobster (no word on bottomless peel-and-eat shrimp). Because all the seafood in the Atlantic couldn’t justify this price, they went ahead and layered the lobster shell with gold, which sounds like something a crazy rich person would do. Aptly enough, that’s probably exactly who orders this, so Bombay Brasserie knows their market. Good for them. They better throw in rice, those bastards.
The FleurBurger 5000 sounds more like a plot device on Futurama than it does an actual high end dish, but never underestimate the great Hubert Keller when it come to gilding the lily. At his restaurant Fleur in Vegas, five grand will get you a kobe burger with black truffles and foie gras. I’m guessing cheese isn’t extra, but who knows? It’s also served with an order of fries (thank God) and a $2,500 (retail) bottle of wine. Next time your buddies want to grab a burger, take them here and watch their heads spin.
Martinis have long been considered among the classiest cocktails one can throw back. So how do you make something that’s classy WAY classier? That’s right. Cover that sh*t in diamonds. Step into the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo and order the Bulgari martini and they’ll throw a $16,000 diamond in that drink for you, which, by my math, makes the martini itself free. What an amazing bargain. But the savings don’t stop there. Take the one-carat diamond to any Bulgari store and they’ll set it for you for free. Gee! You can’t afford NOT to get one of these martinis.