The most expensive restaurant meals on Earth (Pt. 1)

White truffles, mushrooms, Mirna river valley, Croatia.

White truffles are an expensive delicacy ingredient found in many of the finest dishes. (Photo Credit: Public Domain/K. Korlević/Wikipedia)

In our recessional world, it has become de rigueur to scour the market for just the right materials to make the cheapest, healthiest meals possible. But sometimes, what’s in fashion is boring. If you suddenly find yourself with stacks of money, rather than randomly burning it like The Joker in “The Dark Knight,” why not go for some of the most expensive restaurant meals in the world? I’m not talking U.S. State Department dinners with ultra-expensive buy-in fees, but some of the most expensive restaurant dishes publicly available. Awaken your taste buds and let the world know that you’re a player.

Most expensive restaurant meals No. 1 – Mac and cheese, $95

Let’s start off this gourmet food explosion with a real shocker. How could a small plate of macaroni and cheese possibly be worth $95? At Michelin-starred French restaurant Mélisse in Santa Monica, Calif., you get fresh tagliatelle pasta and ample amounts of Parmesan cheese. You can also savor brown-butter truffle froth and shaved white truffles. This makes Mélisse’s mac and cheese not only expensive, but seasonal, as white truffles are only in season October through December.

Most expensive restaurant meals No. 2 – Beef and noodle soup, $320

If you’d rather start off your meal with some soup, there’s this tasty beef and noodle number from Niu Ba Ba, Taipei, Taiwan. A recipe 15 years in the making by Chef Wang Cong-Yuan, this soup uses as many as six types of stock; four different types of slow-braised beef from Australia, the U.S., Brazil and Japan; and one of 20-plus noodle varieties, notes We Are Traveller. The choice of noodle is particular to each restaurant that uses Cong-Yuan’s recipe.

Most expensive restaurant meals No. 3 – Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, $190

If you prefer a soup-like dish with more exotic ingredients, here’s some good news – You don’t have to pay more. At Kai Mayfair in London, a bowl of Buddha Jumps Over the Wall is loaded. Enjoy shark’s fin, abalone, Japanese flower mushroom, sea cucumber, dried scallops, chicken, huan ham, pork and ginseng. Just be sure to place your order at least five days in advance so the ingredients can be procured. If you’re an animal conservationist, Buddha Jumps Over the Wall is not for you, as shark’s fin is squalus non grata (Latin for shark; look it up).

Most expensive restaurant meals No. 4 – Sushi, approximately $2,000 for five pieces

Renowned “Karat” Chef Angelito Araneta Jr. of Manilla, The Philippines, wants your sushi-eating experience to be ultra-exclusive. For $1,978.15, daring gourmands with money to burn can custom-order sushi wrapped in 24-karat gold leaf. Each piece is topped with caviar, three Mikimoto pearls and an African diamond. The type of fish contained within is arranged between Chef Araneta and the client. Just don’t eat the diamonds and pearls.

Most expensive restaurant meals No. 5 – Bagel, $1,000

Perhaps you prefer carb-loading before a meal. Stop at the Westin Hotel in New York City for Executive Chef Frank Tujague’s bagel with white truffle cream cheese, goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and gold leaf flakes. Yes, the gold is edible. Proceeds for this exorbitantly priced snack food is donated to the Les Amis d’Escoffier Scholarship, which benefits present and future culinary students.

Most expensive restaurant meals No. 6 – Ramen, $110 per bowl

This is one of the relatively cheap options on the menu this evening, but it’s relative to the amount of hearty food matter on your plate. At Fujimaki Gekiyo in Tokyo, Chef. Shoichi Fujimak only lets in patrons who have dined at one of his other exclusive establishments in the city. If you’re a member of the club, you can procure a seat at this menu-free, reservation-only establishment. Then you can order the Five-Taste Blend Imperial Noodles ramen dish, made from over 20 ingredients and two different soup stocks.

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