For $25,000 you could feed a lot of hungry people, or you could eat an outrageously overpriced taco. The restaurants on this list are banking on the fact that you’ll choose the latter.
The Most Expensive Food in the World
Here are nine of the world’s most expensive foods you can try, if you can afford them—morally or otherwise.
World’s Most Expensive Taco
Some people come to Mexico for the amazing and inexpensive street food, and some come for the world’s most expensive taco at the Grand Velas Los Cabos. Costing $25,000 the taco contains langoustine, Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar, and black truffle brie cheese. Even the salsa is extreme, made with dried Morita chili peppers, Ley.925 ultra-premium anejo tequila, and civet coffee.
Of course, you can’t pair a $25,000 taco with a Corona, so the restaurant helpfully offers a pairing of a white gold and platinum bottle of premium tequila to go with it, for a mere $150,000 extra.
Louis XIII ‘Very Expensive Pizza’
If you’ve ever gotten carried away with toppings on the Domino’s app and thought at the end, “wow, that’s a very expensive pizza,” you were wrong. An actual Very Expensive Pizza exists, and you can order it from Renato Viola, a “master pizza chef,” in Italy, for $9,710.
You don’t have to eat your pizza at a restaurant with commoners, or wait for the delivery person to show up, as the Very Expensive Pizza will be cooked for you at your house (as long as you live or are staying in Italy). And don’t bother trying to order a large pizza—for nearly $10,000, you’ll get a 7.8 inch pie. To justify the price, the pizza is topped with expensive seafood (lobster, caviar, prawns, and more), and served with rare cognac and champagne.
Golden Opulence Sundae
Serendipity 3 draws tons of tourists eager to get its famous frozen hot chocolate (a measly $12.95) at the restaurant that’s been featured on many movies and television shows, including Gossip Girl and Serendipity. Now you can wait in line and drop $1,000 if you’re in the mood for the Golden Opulence Sundae. If the three scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with 23-karat gold leaf and caviar doesn’t sound filling enough, you can make a meal out of some of the world’s most expensive foods at Serendipity, starting with the Quintessential Grilled Cheese Sandwich for an appetizer ($214), and Le Burger Extravagant ($295) for your main course.
Fluer Burger 5000
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You might balk at paying $5,000 for a hamburger, but Fluer’s (a restaurant in the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas) Fleur Burger 5000 is served with a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus 5000 wine, which often sells for that much money anyway. So you can think of the Fluer Burger 5000 as more of a happy meal for rich people who want to eat the world’s most expensive food, in which the toy is an expensive bottle of wine.
Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata
The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata at Norma’s comes in two sizes: Regular, with one ounce of Sevruga Caviar for $200, and super-size, with 10 ounces of Sevruga Caviar for $2,000. It also comes with a note reading “Norma Dares You to Expense This.” Business breakfast, anyone?
Berco’s Billion Dollar Popcorn
You may click on Berco’s website, drool over their close-up shot of their Billion Dollar Popcorn, and think “$5 for popcorn isn’t bad”—before you realize…that’s the price per kernel. Buy in bulk, and you can get a discounted 6.5 gallon tin for just $2,500.
Coated with organic sugar, Vermont butter, and Neilsen Massey Bourbon Vanilla, the popcorn is topped off with a sprinkle of the world’s most expensive salt—so it’s probably a little better than movie theater popcorn.
Black Diamond Ice Cream
If you get angry when you see pints of ice cream at Whole Foods for $10, you’re not going to like The Black Diamond ice cream, scooped up at Scoopi in Dubai. This sundae costs $816 USD, and is made with vanilla bean ice cream from Madagascar, saffron, black truffles, and 23-carat gold flakes and powder.
On the bright side, instead of being left with an empty cardboard carton when you finish this ice cream, you’ll get to take home the golden handmade bowl and silver spoon that the sundae is served in.
Guinness World Record 24K Pizza
Fortunately for late night partiers in New York City, the Guinness World Record 24K pizza is not something you can order as a drunken snack. You’ll need to request it from Industry Kitchen at least 48 hours in advance. That will give the kitchen time to prep your pizza with Stilton cheese, foie gras, platinum Ossetra caviar, truffle, and 24k gold leaves. The pizza will cost you $2,000 but if that’s simply not enough fish eggs for you, you can add on 1.5 ounces of Almas Caviar for an extra $700.
If you won big in Vegas but still want some classic American comfort food, head to Caesars’ Burger Brasserie for the 777 Burger, a $777 concoction made with Kobe beef and Maine lobster topped with pancetta, goat cheese, foie gras, arugula, and 100-year aged balsamic. It’s served with a bottle of Rose Dom Perignon Champagne to help you celebrate.
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Caroline Morse Teel has eaten zero out of nine of the world’s most expensive foods. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline for photos of her culinary adventures.