There are splurges for a fine dinner, then tens of thousands of dollars for everything from an over-the-top dessert to a gem-laden cocktail.
For the world’s most dedicated foodies, these extravagant menu items served in hotels and resorts around the world are some of the most expensive menu items you can buy. Some even cost as much as a car.
Regardless of the size of your wallet, these dishes and drinks might leave you in for a bit of a shock. But for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, the price might be worth it.
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Tacos at Grand Velas Los Cabos: $25,000
Considering the humble taco was born out of street food, the $25,000 taco at Frida’s restaurant in Grand Velas Los Cabos, Mexico is a true “started from the bottom now that we’re here” moment. Forget the carnitas or al pastor – it’s a corn tortilla encrusted with gold flakes stuffed with Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar, langoustine and black truffle brie cheese. If you really want to think big, you can pair the taco with a $150,000 bottle of Ley .925 Pasion Azteca Ultra Premium Anejo. The resort requires a $12,500 deposit for each taco order, which must be placed one week before dinner.
Diamonds Are Forever Martini at the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo: $21,000
How can a martini cost six figures? By being served with a diamond, of course. That’s right – customers who buy the Diamonds Are Forever Martini at the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo get their drink served with a one-carat diamond at the bottom of the glass. (Yes, it’s inspired by James Bond.) The cocktail itself isn’t too over the top: it’s Absolut Elyx vodka and a splash of lime juice. Its current price is 3 million yen, or around $21,000, but keep an eye on the ever-changing exchange rate.
Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence at Fortress Resort & Spa: $14,500
Foodie and deep-pocketed diners should head to Galle, Sri Lanka for one of the most expensive desserts in the world. The Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence at Fortress Resort & Spa includes Italian cassata cake, pomegranate and mango compote and champagne sabayon, supported by a chocolate sculpture of a traditional fisherman on stilts. What drives the price up to $14,500 isn’t the dessert itself, but the accompanying 80-carat aquamarine stone. According to the hotel’s website, the stones “have special qualities including the ability to soothe, heal and bring calm”, and have been used as a lucky charm for fishermen and sailors. . If you want to place an order, be sure to do so at least 24 hours in advance.
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Sultan’s Golden Elixir at Ciragan Palace Kempinski: $2,500
It’s fitting that Ciragan Palace Kempinski, a former Ottoman palace in Istanbul, serves a cocktail called the Elixir of the Golden Sultan. Unlike some of the other items on this list, it does not come with a gemstone, but is served with edible gold leaf. The drink itself blends Hennessy Richard cognac with coconut-infused pineapple juice, fig bitters, and honey syrup, and it’s served in one of the property’s most picturesque settings: Le Fumoir bar, nestled in the gardens along the Bosphorus.
McCarthy salad at the Beverly Hills Hotel: $1,912
Let a hotel in Los Angeles charge nearly $2,000 for a salad. All joking aside, this is actually the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel’s signature salad — and it’s usually around $45. But the famous hotel is serving a special edition of the salad this year in honor of the hotel’s 110th anniversary – and it comes with lobster and gold leaf caviar, and comes served with a bottle of Dom Pérignon. . And you can take home a commemorative French porcelain Bernardaud bowl. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from this limited-edition salad will be donated to the Los Angeles Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the city’s historic architecture. Get this salad while you can; it is only available until the end of the year.
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Ritz Sidecar at the Ritz Paris: $1,500
There’s a lot of expensive stuff on the menu at the famous Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Paris, ranging from $18 mini hot dogs to a $35 Pimm’s Cup. (Both are worth the cost, truth be told.) But those prices pale in comparison to the $1,500 Ritz Sidecar, made with 19th-century brandy. The cocktail itself originated in England in 1921, but bartender Franck Meier, who served the bar’s namesake, Ernest Hemingway, created the Ritz riff two years later. In 2001 he entered The Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive cocktail, although that title has passed to a cocktail called The Winston which cost nearly $13,000 at a bar in Australia.
Almas Caviar Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong: $800
Located on the 102nd floor of the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, Almas Caviar Bar is a seven-seat speakeasy-style spot for lovers of sturgeon roe (and champagne and vodka). The most expensive item on the list is beluga caviar, which costs $800 – not a lot compared to some of the other items on this list, but if you consider that you only get an ounce of caviar for this price, well, it’s an expensive treatment. The bar is also able to stock up on the world’s most expensive caviar, Almas Persicus, which can cost up to $14,000 for around half a pound (250 grams). He needs a month’s notice to do so.