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Everyone loves a nice dinner, but these 11 examples of fancy food go above and beyond. Featuring rare ingredients like caviar, white truffles, and gold leaf, some of the dishes take up to a week’s notice in order to prepare. So sit back and ogle at the sheer opulence of these most expensive foods in the world.
1. The meat pie at the Fence Gate Inn: $25,000
Located in Lancaster, UK, this pie contains wagyu beef, matsutake mushrooms, Winter Black truffles, French Bluefoot mushrooms, and a gravy made with a 1982 vintage wine. Oh, and it’s also topped with gold leaf. You should probably bring some friends to help you finish the pie and foot the bill.
2. Sushi by Angelito Araneto Jr: $2000
This Filipino chef doesn’t go halfway with his sushi, and this most expensive version is both amazing and terrifying. It is garnished with diamonds and (of course) gold leaf, and the price cited is for a mere 5 pieces of ngiri. This is definitely one meal you won’t be sharing.
3. Almas caviar from Caviar House & Prunier: $25,000
This most expensive caviar in the world is from the Beluga Sturgeon and is imported from Iran. It is extremely rare and only sold in one location in London. Of course it is sold in a gold tin.
4. Lab grown burger: $330,000
This entry might seem a bit sneaky as the cost comes from the research and development of the burger, it is not available in a restaurant, and was sadly described as “bland”. The burger was grown entirely in a lab and is part of ongoing research into more sustainable meat sources.
5.Pizza Royale 007: $4200
Pizza might seem like a low budget option for dinner, but not if you’re bidding on Domenico Crolla’s Pizza Royale. Like all of the best expensive foods, it is topped with gold leaf, but also has caviar, prosciutto, venison, salmon, lobster, and vintage balsamic vinegar. It sold over eBay in 2006 with the profits going to charity.
6. Yubari King: $26,000
The yurbari is a specific kind of melon that’s a cross between two types of cantaloupe. They come exclusively from the Yubari region of Japan, and while some are sold for cheaper, the most expensive have reached the $26,000 price tag.
7. White truffle and gold pizza from Margo’s: $2420
Another contender for “most unnecessary use of gold leaf”, this pizza is topped with white truffles and requires a full week’s notice to ship all the ingredients to the restaurant. It’s specific to truffle season, so make sure you plan ahead for your pricey pizza.
8. FleurBurger from Fleur: $5000
The FleurBurger is not just a burger, it’s an experience. The burger itself is a combination of wagyu beef and fois gras, topped with truffles. But it comes paired with a $2500 Bordeaux wine, served in Ichendorf glasses which are yours to take home at the end of the meal. Just in case your Instagram pic wasn’t enough.
9. White Alba truffles: $330,000 for a single 3.3 lb truffle
Because they’re incredibly difficult to grow, white truffles are the most expensive truffles in the world (and most of these tasty fungi are already on the pricey end of the spectrum). The record for most expensive was set in 2007 at an auction in Hong Kong.
10. Matsutake mushroom: $2000/lb
While most people assume that white truffles are the most expensive mushroom, they are not actually mushrooms. The winner of that prize goes to the matsutake mushroom, which is highly expensive because the trees it grows on have been killed off by an insect infestation.
11. The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate from Serendipity 3: $25,000
To wrap up our expensive feast, we’ll look at the most expensive dessert. This ice cream sundae has 28 varieties of cocoa, gold leaf, and edible gold lining the dish. And just on the side it comes with an 18 karat gold bracelet with 1 karat of diamonds. Don’t forget the golden spoon you can take home at the end of your meal.