Top 10 most expensive foods in the worldJuly 16, 2014
10. Westin Hotel bagel - $1,000
At EDGAR, we've never been massive fans of the bagel - it's just a sandwich with a hole in - but we have to say that even we would be impressed if we were presented with this. Created by executive chef Frank Tujague of the Westin Hotel, New York, the filling for this luxurious snack is made from white Alba truffle cream cheese and goji berry-infused Riesling jelly, complete with real gold leaf shavings.
That sounds pretty tasty, but the best thing about this bagel is that all proceeds from it are put towards the Les Amis d'Escoffier Scholarship Fund, a non-profit, charitable organisation that provides scholarships for students of the culinary arts.
9. Zillion-dollar lobster frittata - $1,000
How on earth do you elevate an omelette to the level where someone is willing to pay $1,000 for it? Well, the chef at Le Parker Meridien, New York's Norma restaurant has had a good go. The frittata consists of six eggs, a splash of cream and some chopped chives. Oh yeah, there's also an entire lobster and 10 ounces of caviar.
There's a smaller version of the omelette that goes for $100, but if you've got a serious hankering for frittata then we say go the whole hog and get the big daddy.
8. The Golden Phoenix cupcake - $1,000.
It wouldn't be a top 10 list of expensive things without an entry from the UAE, and this Golden Phoenix Cupcake produced by Bloomsbury in honour of the opening of its flagship store at The Dubai Mall is a worthy entrant. The extravagant cupcake is made using the finest Italian chocolate and Ugandan vanilla pods and coated entirely in edible gold leaf.
It's served with chocolate icing and strawberries, also dipped in edible gold, just for good measure. You can feel guilt free too about the calories and the cash that's leaving your wallet, because half of the proceeds from each cupcake are donated to the World Food Programme.
7. 230 Fifth Dog - $2,300
Those New Yorkers really love their pricey dishes, as this hot dog from slick rooftop lounge 230 Fifth is the city's third entry on this list. $2,300 might seem a lot for a humble hot dog, but this is no normal frankfurter. For starters, the hot dog meat is made of the very best Wagyu beef, which has been dry aged for 60 days before being enriched with black truffle. It's encased by a toasted brioche bun, which is brushed with white truffle butter and then given a layer of saffron-infused tomato ketchup and French mustard.
The dog is then topped with caramelised onions that have been cooked in Dom Perignon champagne and a 100-year-old balsamic vinegar. Next comes sauerkraut brazed in champagne and mixed with fresh caviar. All that's left to finish this monster is a relish made from $10 pickles and the obligatory sprinkling of gold leaf. Pure decadence.
6. Japanese Ruby Roman grapes - $5,400 a bunch
The Japanese have a thing for high-quality fruit, and they're not afraid to shell out a few hundred thousand yen for the privilege of eating it. We're not sure what's so amazing about ruby roman grapes, but a 30-grape bunch recently sold at auction for 550,000 yen, (around $5,400). That works out at about $180 per grape!
To be considered a true Ruby Roman, the grapes must meet a series of strict criteria, including have an individual weight of at least 20 grams, a sugar content of more than 18 per cent and a deep, red colour. For $180 a pop, we should think so too!
5. Yubari King Melon - $22,872
We told you the Japanese love their fruit. This time it's the Yubari King melon - a highly-prized variety of the common cantaloupe that's auctioned off for astronomical prices. The fruit is said to be the juiciest and sweetest melon in the world, and its orange flesh is coveted for its tenderness. Often given as gifts after being bought at auctions, a perfectly proportioned pair of these juicy melons can easily set you back well over $20,000.
4. Serendipity 3 Frrrozen Haute Chocolate - $25,000
As desserts go, this is probably about as luxurious as it gets. The Frrrozen (yes, they insist on the three 'Rs') Haute Chocolate is made using a mix of 28 different cocoas - including 14 of the most expensive from around the world. The cocoa is mixed with frozen milk to make an ice-cream-like consistency, before being infused with five grams of edible gold.
The sundae is then topped with gold-covered whipped cream and comes with a side of La Madeline au Truffle from luxury chocolatier Knipschildt. It is served in a goblet lined with edible gold that has an 18-carat gold bracelet with one carat of white diamonds coiled around its base, and is served with a diamond-encrusted gold spoon, all of which can be taken home after you've finished.
3. Almas Caviar - $34,500 per kilogram
A food synonymous with luxury, it's no surprise to see caviar ranking so highly on this list. But this is no normal caviar you see splashed all over the sushi counter of your favourite brunch, this is the highly sought-after and extremely rare Almas caviar, which can be found only in the belly of the rare Iranian albino Beluga sturgeon. Light in colour instead of the typical black variety, this caviar is harvested from fish that are anything from 60 to 100 years old. With such a long wait until these dwellers of the Caspian Sea are grown, we can see why this stuff is so expensive.
2. Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani water - $60,000 per 750ml
Yes, we know we said this was the top 10 most expensive foods, but a $60,000 bottle of water is too bonkers to leave out. The liquid in question is called Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani, and it is a blend of fresh spring waters sourced from France and Fiji. To be fair, the Fernando Altamirano-designed, solid-gold bottle might have something to do with the extortionate price, but the water itself does contain five milligrams of edible gold dust.
1. White Alba truffles - $330,000
The mysterious truffle is an ingredient added to pretty much any food to elevate it to a level of luxury and decadence that only the wealthy can afford. Many of the items of this list contain white Alba truffle, but such is its value that even they have only a tiny shaving of the stuff. Found under certain oak trees near the Northern Italian town of Alba, the white truffle has a distinctive smell that can be picked up only by female pigs and trained dogs.
The record price paid for a single truffle is an incredible $330,000, which was happily handed over by Macau-based businessman Stanley Ho for a beautiful specimen weighing in at 1.5kg.