Bling! Luxury Food Around the Globe
Enjoy the World's Most Expensive Dishes
You'll need to dip into your savings to indulge in these luxury foods from around the globe.
Norma's at Le Parker Meridien
New York, New York
So the name may be a bit overzealous, but the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata at Norma's at La Parker Meridien in New York will set you back at a cool $1,000 for the super-size portion. And it's not eggs that you're paying for -- this luxury omelet includes 10 ounces of Sevruga Caviar and a roasted Maine lobster tail nestled in 6-egg extravagance.
Kopi Luwak coffee
The world's most expensive coffee hails from the small island of Sumatra in Indonesia. The rich coffee makes a long journey before it's brewed into a cup of high-end joe. In Sumatra, small cat-like animals called luwaks eat the ripe coffee cherries, including the coffee bean. The bean makes its way through the cat's digestive system until it ends up back on the forest floor where workers collect and clean these beans to create the coffee aficionado's favorite Kopi Luwak coffee. Fans of this delicacy are willing to spend $300 a pound and overlook the cat poop association to savor what many argue is the richest and tastiest coffee to fill a mug.
Krug Room at Restaurant Guy Savoy
Las Vegas, Nevada
High rollers always eat big in Las Vegas with swanky restaurants lining the Strip. Restaurant Guy Savoy tempts pricy palates at the Krug Room with a $750 tasting menu loaded with caviar, truffles and the finest ingredients. To further enhance the flavors, and the fancy dining experience, each dish is paired with a vintage Krug from 1985 to 1995.
Although Kobe beef has become increasingly available to the masses, thanks in part to the gourmet Kobe burger standing out on many menus, the price for this precious beef still hovers around $800 a pound. But if you're looking for the best cut of Kobe in Tokyo, bring your belly and wallet to Aragawa, found in Tokyo's Shinbashi business district. There you can enjoy thick slabs of perfectly marbled tender Wagyu beef from sake-fed cows served in a simple preparation with salt, pepper and some mustard. The meal is simply perfect, but the cost -- likely in the range of $550 per person -- may raise some red flags on an expense report.
New York, New York
Unbridled chocoholics need an extra-large bank account and 48 hours' notice to indulge in the Golden Opulence Sundae at New York's Serendipity 3. This $1,000 sundae relies on some heavy-hitting ingredients, including edible 23-carat gold leaf, Tahitian vanilla ice cream made with Madagascar vanilla beans, rare chocolates, gold-dusted almonds and chocolate truffles. This decadent dish is served in a Baccarat crystal goblet that you can bring home as a sweet reminder of this heavenly sundae. If there's no sugar daddy bankrolling your sweet tooth, the frozen hot chocolate is just a small fraction of the price and equally popular with the celebrity set that frequents Serendipity.
It may seem unusual to travel to the Far East to sample some of the world's best Italian food, but Mezzaluna in Bangkok is tops when it comes to Mediterranean cuisine. The location is pretty sweet, too, at the highest point on the 65th floor of the Dome at lebua. However, an Italian feast at this legendary restaurant -- with specialties like Wagyu beef carpaccio and Almas white beluga caviar -- comes with a hefty price tag. Still, diners here are paying for authenticity as even the water for the pizza dough is imported directly from Italy.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
You may end the night with a hefty bar tab if you order a round for the bar at Dubai's Skyview Bar at the Burj Al Arab, especially if your fellow imbibers are sipping the ultra-pricy Macallan 55-year-old Single Malt Whisky. A dash of this exclusive limited malt whisky will set you back nearly $4,000 for just a taste of the golden goodness.