The world’s most expensive comfort foods
If nothing hits the spot like a good burger, then imagine what a $777 Kobe beef and Maine lobster burger could do for you after a hot streak in Vegas. Designed to tempt the jackpot winner, the signature sandwich at the Paris Las Vegas casino’s Le Burger Brasserie is an elaborately stacked concoction topped with brie and flavored with 100-year-aged balsamic vinegar. Thirsty? The burger comes with a bottle of Dom Perignon to wash it down. Talk about a good night at the tables.
All round the world, inventive chefs are coming up with glam versions of everyday favorites. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the most expensive–humble fare like hot dogs and mac and cheese that have been transformed into decadent delicacies.
If it’s extravagant pizza you crave, it doesn’t get more elaborate than Chef Renato Viola’s $12,000 Louis XIII pie. Topped with eight types of cheeses, three kinds of caviar, shrimp and pink salt harvested from Australia’s Murray River (each grain is hand-picked), and the price includes personal service: a small team of chefs will cook it up fresh for you anywhere in Italy you want.
For dessert, you might be in the mood for a $1,000 ice cream sundae. New York restaurant Serendipity 3‘s signature “Golden Opulence Sundae” starts with a vanilla ice cream base, and is covered with a dizzying array of toppings, including Amedei Porcelana chocolate, candied Parisian fruits, truffles and cherry marzipan. Seated on top is a small bowl of sweetened caviar, delicately draped by an edible gold leaf. It comes served in a Baccarat crystal bowl (yours to keep) and can be eaten with a 24-karat gold spoon.
A wide array of types go for the ritzy dessert, says restaurant spokesman Joe Calderone. “Anyone from a guy trying to impress his date to a father treating his daughter who just graduated law school, to a woman who had beaten terminal cancer and wanted to celebrate by splurging,” he says. Despite the hefty price tag, the restaurant sells about three dozen sundaes a year.
Once you’re stuffed after all that rich dining, you can enjoy a cup of pre-digested Kopi Luwak coffee from Indonesia. Yes, the world’s most expensive coffee is harvested from the droppings of tree-dwelling civets, which have a taste for coffee beans but lack the ability to fully digest them. The passage through the nocturnal mammals is said to reduce the acidity and bitterness of the beans. A pound of the rare Kopi Luwak beans can cost up to $600.