Ridiculously Expensive Foods You Should Try at Least Once
The world is full of culinary wonders. While it's tempting to stay inside of your comfort zone, it's important to occasionally break free and taste something different. But many of the most delicious foods in the world also happen to be the most expensive.
Still, it's important to treat yourself from time to time. And what better way is there to enjoy life than by investing in one of these lavish and high-priced dishes or ingredients?
Coffin Bay King Oysters - $100
The only thing that should hold you back from dining on these delicious sea critters is an allergy to shellfish. Otherwise, you might want to consider taking a weekend off to make a foodie trip to Australia. The king oysters found in the south-central Coffin Bay are huge, succulent and intensely flavorful.
Juuni Ban Hot Dog - $169
For those of you out there who crave elevated, gourmet comfort food, look no further than the Juuni Ban hot dog. You'll have to travel to Seattle to get your hands on this, the world's most expensive hot dog creation. But chances are, it'll be more than worth it.
"Quintessential" Grilled Cheese Sandwich - $214
There's almost no other dish that warms the heart, the soul and the stomach like a great grilled cheese. New York restaurant Serendipity 3 is home to a super-expensive — and super-delicious — grilled cheese sandwich.
Balsamic Vinegar of Modena - $250
For some, it may be hard to understand how a bottle of vinegar could fetch hundreds of dollars for only a few ounces. But for balsamic vinegar lovers around the world, the cost of quality is well worth the extra expenditure.
Wagyu Beef - $300
Meat lovers are sure to salivate over and savor a plate of Wagyu beef. Made from Japanese cattle, Wagyu beef is unbelievably tender, buttery and soft — it seriously melts in your mouth. While you may be tempted to order a cooked plate of this juicy, marbled meat, resist that urge.
La Bonnotte Potatoes - $300
Potatoes are often associated with humble stews. Sadly, they sometimes don't get much attention from gourmet chefs. But La Bonnotte potatoes are not only the most expensive potatoes in the world at $300 per pound — world-class chefs also love them.
Hacienda la Esmeralda Special Geisha Coffee - $400
For $400 (or more, depending on whether you want your beans pre-roasted or not), you can enjoy just shy of 4 pounds of one of the world's most expensive coffees. Hacienda la Esmeralda coffee beans are grown in Panama. The soil that they grow in has been producing coffee since the 19th century.
Swedish Moose Cheese - $400
Pretty much every mammal that produces milk can, with some human intervention, produce cheese. And when you live in a cold climate with very few animals or types of vegetation around, you tend to get creative with the things that you do have available. Perhaps that’s how Swedish moose cheese came to exist.
Steveston Pizza C6 - $640
Pizza is one of the most beloved foods in the whole world, so it only makes sense that skilled and innovative chefs have created some gourmet, decadent and downright expensive pies. One of these is Steveston Pizza's C6.
Matsutake Mushrooms - $1,000
Sometimes, the most expensive foods are single ingredients, not masterfully balanced dishes. This is possibly the case with Matsutake mushrooms, which can cost between $1,000 and $2,000 per pound. This prized fungus has a uniquely fruity and slightly spicy odor that's rare among mushrooms.
Golden Opulence Sundae - $1,000
Remember Serendipity 3, that restaurant in New York that serves an amazing grilled cheese sandwich? Well, it also serves the world's most expensive ice cream sundae. Called the Golden Opulence Sundae, this dish will set you back a whopping $1,000.
Iberico de Bellota Ham - $ 1,200+
If your mouth isn't watering yet, wait until you hear about Iberico de Bellota ham. This remarkable meat is unlike anything else in the world. It comes from Iberian pigs that eat only fallen acorns and grass. This feeding structure results in a delicate ham with a distinctively sweet, nutty flavor and a soft, velvety texture.
Pule Cheese - $1,700
Pule cheese is one of the most expensive cheeses on the planet. It's made from a combination of Balkan donkey milk and goat milk. This results in a creamy, crumbly, soft cheese that’s rich with flavor. It’s a must-try for any cheese-lover.
Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata - $2,000
Alright, so this dish doesn't cost a zillion dollars. But you could buy about 2,000 dollar-menu items for the price of just one Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata. This breakfast dish is a must-have for any seafood-lover, affluent New Yorker or traveling foodie. Perched upon a bed of Yukon gold potatoes, this egg-based meal contains just about everything.
Berco's Billion Dollar Popcorn - $2,500
Once again, this dish doesn't cost nearly as much as its name suggests. But that doesn't mean it isn't jaw-droppingly expensive! Anyone who has ever complained about movie theater concession stand prices might want to skip this treat.
24K Pizza - $2,700
Industry Kitchen in New York is home to yet another pricey pizza. However, this one has a very distinct look and set of ingredients that help it to stand out from other gourmet pizzas. The $2,700 price tag also marks it as something new, different and glamorous.
Saffron - $3,000
In terms of spices, saffron is king. A single pound of the colorful, aromatic herb can cost $3,000 or more. Popular in Indian dishes and cuisine, saffron produces a yellow hue that is easily recognizable. With a sweet, honey-like floral scent, there's nothing quite like saffron.
Blonde d’Aquitaine Steak - $3,200
Blonde d’Aquitaine steak might be red just like any other beef, but it comes from pale, blonde-colored cows in the southwest region of France. A hybrid of three local breeds of cattle, this meat is notable for its aging process, which can take up to 15 years to complete.
Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla - $4,000
Pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla is both rare and expensive. Nearly all of the world's vanilla comes from the tiny island of Madagascar. But most consumer foods and flavorings labeled "vanilla" contain artificial stuff. While there are many imitators, nothing can compare to the genuine, honest-to-goodness Madagascar bourbon vanilla.
Bluefin Tuna - $4,000
Tuna is one of the most popular types of fish in the world, and tuna-lovers should try a piece of delicate bluefin tuna at least once in their lives. This species of tuna is one of the largest in the world, resulting in firmer, thicker meat that's capable of producing stronger, more complex flavors.
FleurBurger 5000 - $5,000
The FleurBurger 5000 is aptly named — that’s not just a random number. With a price of $5,000, the FleurBurger 5000 is one of the most expensive burgers in the world. You can find this mouth-watering entree at Fleur in Las Vegas, inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Densuke Watermelon - $6,100
Japan sure does produce some of the most exciting fruits and vegetables in the world. The island nation became famous around the world years ago for its cube-shaped watermelons, and since that time, Japanese farmers seem to have been focusing more on color than shape.
Almas Caviar - $9,800+
In recent years, Almas caviar has become famous as the world's most exquisite and most expensive caviar. That's saying something, considering that caviar is well-known as one of the most absurdly pricey foods on the planet. This caviar has a rich, golden color and featherlight texture that both set it apart.
Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence - $14,500
The food isn't what makes this dish so expensive. The 80-carat aquamarine gemstone sitting on the plate is what inflates the price of this dessert — but there's also a high degree of craftsmanship to consider. The Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence has other intriguing elements, too.
Grand Velas Tacos - $25,000
If you ever find yourself at the Grand Velas Los Cabos in Mexico, and you have $25,000 to spare, you might consider trying the Grand Velas Tacos. Made with Beluga caviar, prized Kobe beef, truffles, edible flowers and a gold flake tortilla, this entree is bound to be unforgettable.
Frrrozen Haute Chocolate Ice Cream - $25,000
The most expensive ice cream treat in the world is the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate Ice Cream from — you guessed it — Serendipity 3. If you thought the sundae was drool-worthy, then you won't believe the presentation and composition of this frozen dessert.
Yubari King Melon - $27,000
The Yubari King melon may just be the most expensive singular ingredient in the world besides truffles. It is a Japanese cantaloupe that grows in a small city near Sapporo. It's not a natural creation, but rather a purposeful hybrid between the Earl's Favourite and Burpee's "Spicy" Cantaloupe. Consequently, it's pretty unique.
Da-Hong Pao Tea - $28,000
Some people are coffee drinkers, while others prefer tea. If you're one of the latter, you might want to consider saving for a taste of Da-Hong Pao tea, the world's most expensive cup of leaves. This tea isn't worth its weight in gold — it’s worth more than gold.
Dalmore 64 Trinitas - $160,000
While this item might not technically be a food, it still deserves a spot on this list. Dalmore 64 Trinitas is one of the world's most expensive beverages. A single bottle will likely set you back about $160,000. No worries; you can sell all of your assets and belongings, right?
Pierchic Pizza - $180,000
If you guessed that pizza would end up being the most expensive food in the world, then hats off to you! The Pierchic Pizza is the most insanely priced pie in the history of humankind at $180,000 and can only be found at the restaurant Pierchic in Dubai.