On days when the daily work grind just seems too much to bear, we can’t help but fantasise about what our lives would be like, if we struck the lottery. What would you do with 10 million dollars? Some of us might invest in art, or go travelling around the world. We could even stop over in Paris or Milan to pick up a couture piece or two, and start building up an opulent collection of rare jewellery.
The possibilities are endless. But for avid epicureans, here’s another idea: Why not splurge on food? If the thought of eating the finest cuisines and delicacies the likes of uni and truffle — all day every day — makes your heart skip a beat, you can consider treating yourself to the most expensive foods in the world.
From a S$34,930 taco brimming with truffle, Kobe beef and caviar, to a S$482 chocolate bar (which you’d probably want to hide from the kids and enjoy yourself), here are 5 of the most expensive foods to eat. Looks like money can buy happiness after all — for your stomach.
(Main and featured photos: To’ak)
Stuffed with a medley of luxurious ingredients including Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar (which is the world’s priciest caviar), langoustine and black truffle, this taco from Frida restaurant at Mexico’s Grand Velas Los Cabos hotel is no ordinary wrap. It comes with an elaborate salsa comprising Morita chile peppers, civet coffee and Ley .925 Pasion Azteca Ultra Premium Añejo tequila, and is studded with gold flakes.
Even if you’re willing to fork out its asking price of US$25,000 (S$34,930), there are several conditions that must be fulfilled: You have to first place a US$12,500 (S$17,474) deposit and stay in the hotel’s presidential suite. The dish will then be served to you in the middle of a desert, surrounded by motorcycles, or — if you so desire — when you propose to your special someone.
(Photo: Grand Velas Resorts)
For those of us who’re used to paying no more than a couple dollars for a chocolate bar, To’ak’s price tag of US$345 (S$482) for its Cognac Cask bar may seem rather outrageously exorbitant. But this Ecuadorian brand hasn’t had any issues drawing customers — its 50g chocolate bar sold out in February, and To’ak is already working on a new Cognac Cask Matured edition, which has been aged for three years in a French oak cognac cask.
What sets its chocolate apart from your garden-variety candy store types, is that it’s obtained from 14 artisanal cacao growers in the valley of Piedra de Plata, aged in cognac casks (for this edition), and packaged in a handcrafted and engraved Spanish Elm wood box.
Compared to soufflés and mille-feuilles, strawberries and cream isn’t exactly the most complicated dessert to make. So it may seem pretty absurd to pay US$1.4 million (S$1,956,080) for something that will eventually melt into mush. But if you’re so inclined, head down to French restaurant Arnaud’s in New Orleans for its Strawberries Arnaud, which comprises strawberries marinated in port wine sauce, stacked atop French vanilla ice cream and covered with whipped cream.
As you savour the sweet confection, you’ll be offered rare port wine from a Charles x crystal cave liqueur set (which is valued at some S$34,742), entertained by the restaurant’s jazz band, and presented with a diamond ring. If you really just want the dessert without all these bells and whistles, you can order it off the menu for S$12.60.
(Photo: Local Luxe/ Arnaud’s)
With its many gourmet grocers and parlours dedicated to stocking only the finest watermelons, strawberries and grapes, Japan is one place that takes its fruit very seriously. Sembikiya in Tokyo, for instance, offers items such as ping pong ball-sized Ruby Roman grapes and heart-shaped watermelons at prices that easily go into the hundreds. Despite the steep costs, these fruits are very much in demand — in 2016, a Japanese man splashed a record ¥3 million (S$38,522) on two melons at a market auction in Yubari, Hokkaido.
These Yubari melons, which are a type of canteloupe, are farmed in greenhouses, and are prized for their intense sweetness, unblemished rind, and perfectly round shapes. Consumers typically buy such luxury fruits as gifts — but if you ask us, we’d gladly eat the melons ourselves.
(Photo: Japan Times)
If the burgers at your favourite fast food joint just don’t cut it anymore, Fleur by Hubert in Las Vegas has an equally cholesterol-packed, super decadent alternative. Named the FleurBurger 5000, this US$5,000 (S$6,986) burger comprises freshly baked brioche filled with seared wagyu beef (which has been soaked in butter), chunks of duck foie gras (which are mixed with, again, butter) and sliced black truffles.
The bun is then served with 1995 Petrus — a red wine that’s one of the world’s most expensive — which is poured into Ichendorf Brunello glasses that you get to keep. Your wallet and cardiologist probably won’t be too impressed, but your stomach will certainly be well satisfied.