I don’t know if I’m going to laugh at this or not, but it seems like life can get pretty preposterous.
Whether it’s the desire to upstage the other, moment of genius, or plain boredom, I just can’t figure out why some people would go to great lengths just to make their dishes different. It’s different in the sense that they’d put some outrageous things in it, or maybe make something outrageous in itself, particularly in pricing.
You don’t believe me? Then have a peek at ten of the most preposterous dishes that I’ve seen:
1. Gold Dusted Cheese Sandwich (Price: $172 per serving)
I have no idea that cheese sandwich can get any more expensive; just take a look at the ingredients: 100-year-old balsamic vinegar, slices of quail’s egg, heirloom black tomato, epicure apple, fresh figs, all between slices sourdough bread sprinkled with gold dust, and the main ingredient: white truffle cheddar cheese that chef Martin Blunos made especially for this.
2. Six-Foot Tall Gingerbread House (Price: $15,000 for the house)
I guess even Willy Wonka’s eyes would go green in envy. I mean, this creation by Dylan’s Candy Bar sure raises the bar in confectionary. And the ingredients? 381 pounds of gingerbread, 571 pounds of royal icing and thousands of lollipops, cookies and gumdrops. Enough to make every sweet tooth ache.
3. The Zillion Dollar Frittata (Price: $1,000 per serving)
Wow, this one sure will take down the house. I wonder who will try ordering this. Come to think of it, it does have a reason for that hefty price tag: mixture of eggs, lobster and 10 ounces of sevruga caviar (which costs $65 per ounce). I guess there’s a reason for that sign beside this dish: “Norma dares you to expense this.” The Accounting department will be raising hell with this.
4. Vieille Bon Secours Ale (Price: $1,000 per bottle)
Talk about the most expensive beer in the world. This is the real deal. Aged for ten years, this lager sure looks like it can demand some respect. It’s got a complex taste of citric, caramel and toffee flavors with an undertone of licorice and aniseed. But a thousand buck per bottle? I think I’ll just reach out for that Bud’s
5. Yubari Melons (Price: $20,000 for two melons)
Even fruits are not exempt from this crazy list. I never would have thought that these melons would command such a high price. Sure, it was bought via auction, but to sell it for almost $20,000? That’s the craziest I’ve seen yet.
6. Pizza Royale 007 (Price: $4,200 for one serving)
Uhm, is this something for Yellow Cab or Pizza Hut to worry about? I’m not sure what kind of competition this was about, but a pizza sure went for that amount in an auction. Don’t you guys think that this is going a bit overboard now?
7. Wagyu Beef Steak (Price: $2,800 for one rib-eye steak)
Yes, they say that Wagyu beef is the best, but would anyone min that if it’s got that kind of price tag? For that amount, I could buy myself a whole cow or two. Better yet, it’s enough to help me raise a small herd. Amazing what people are willing to spend just to brag.
Coming from Ian, this kind of white caviar would be the ultimate in luxury items. It’s not a joke, just look at the price of the food. It even comes in a 24-carat gold tin can. You can’t believe that some people will buy this. Well, they do.
9. Serendipity Sundae (Price: $25,000 per cup)
Ice cream, anyone? We all do like it, but if it’s the Serendipity Sundae, then forget about it. I have no idea who will be willing to buy something like this, but if it’s there, then it means someone is. And I’m sure he’s got more than twenty-five grand to buy that.
10. Italian White Alba Truffle (Price: $160,787 for 1.5kg)
It’s not a dish, I’m sure you’re going to protest, but I just can’t help but mention this. I mean, this is what I call “The Mother of All Pricey Foods.” Because they’re so hard to cultivate, the price can really skyrocket. As for those who have the rare pleasure of eating one, well, it’s a treat. It’s that the price is too ridiculous for me.
(Photos from: lilomag, nydailynews, and most-expensive.net)