People’s understanding of the phrase “expensive food” varies widely. For some, it means salmon, for others truffles and in Japan it might mean luxury fruit. Some of these foods, however have price tags you would never have imagined were possible. For this article we’ve teamed up with Youtube Channel iRicher, so check out their video and Subscribe! These are the Most Expensive Foods, that only Rich People Can Afford.
Expensive Foods Only Rich People Can Afford
10: The $2,600 curry
If you’re not sure where to take your next date, why not take her out for a curry? A London Indian restaurant called Bombay Brasserie has just the dish for you – a curry worth £2000, or $2,600. This dish is nicknamed ‘Samundari Khazana’, which means ‘Treasure of Sea.’
A go-to for sports celebrities when they visit London, you might spot a notable head or two while admiring your 2,000-pound bill.
The seafood curry is made with Scottish lobster, Abalone sea snails, white truffles, Beluga caviar, and a slice of edible gold. Each one of these ingredients is incredibly expensive on its own, but together, it makes the most expensive curry in the world.
Andy Morris from GQ summed up his opinion, “No dish, no matter whether it’s coated in precious metal or has so many lobsters it looks like Aquaman’s breakfast, can justify such vast expense.”
9: Black Watermelon Densuke $4,500 to $6,000
When you think of summer, you think of watermelon. But what if that melon costs you $6,000? Watermelon is undoubtedly one of the best fruits you can eat, especially when it’s hot. Normally, watermelon is very affordable, but in Hokkaido, Japan, there are luxury versions of nearly every fruit.
The most expensive of all watermelons are the black watermelon, called densuke. Far sweeter than the watermelon that you think of with its green exterior and pink flesh, the densuke watermelon has a much darker shell and an incredibly decadent taste.
A densuke watermelon can go for around $250, but some rarer and more expensive melons can cost you $4,500 to $6,000 for just one.
8: Ruby Roman Grapes $11,000
The Japanese clearly know how to do luxury. In Japan, it is polite to bring gifts over to someone’s house when you visit, especially if you have just gone on vacation and have souvenirs to hand out, but $10,000 souvenirs? That’s one expensive gift.
One of the most common gifts are baskets of fruit. But more recently, these baskets have been replaced by gold boxes, to increase the value of the gift. Over time, luxury fruit became a popular way for wealthy people to one-up their friends. These expensive grapes became the perfect one-up gift.
Ironically, the prices of these luxury grapes are typically decided upon by a committee, rather than actual supply and demand.
A bunch of 24 Ruby Roman grapes sold for an insane $11,000 at a Japanese auction in 2019. They were bought by Takashi Hosokawa, who manages a chain of hotels and set the record for the most expensive single bunch of grapes ever sold.
7: The $14,260 Meat Pie
A typically easy and standard dinner option in the UK and Australia, this particular $14K meat pie seems a little out of place. Traditionally, meat pies are eaten by all types of people, as a standard pub dish in England. In the United States, they are sometimes called pot pies. These classic and delicious dishes are not known for being especially expensive.
Sold at the Fence Gate Inn in Burnley to honour British Pie Week, this meat pie is made with Japanese Wagyu beef, Matsutake mushrooms, and winter black truffles.
The gravy is made with 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, which typically costs over $1,000 per bottle. For that price, you can certainly hope to be eating the world’s best pie with the world’s best gravy smothered on top.
6: A $25,000 Ice Cream Sundae
At this Guinness World Recording holding dessert shop, you’ll find the most decadent ice cream sundae in the world. The Frrrozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity 3 is made in partnership with a jeweller named Euphoria in New York City. It is considered to be the world’s most expensive dessert costing $25,000.
The dessert uses a fine blend of 28 cocoas, of which 14 are the world’s most expensive. It is decorated with 5 g (0.17 oz) of edible 23-karat gold and is served in a goblet lined with edible gold. The base of the goblet is an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds.
The dessert is eaten with a golden spoon, itself decorated with white chocolate-coloured diamonds, which can luckily be taken home. What joy!
If the 25K sundae is just a tad bit over your budget, then why not try the world’s most expensive ice cream at only $1,000 a pop?
5: The $27,000 Breakfast
Perhaps one of the most “entertaining” foods that only rich people can afford, was this whimsical ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s‘.
For a small investment of $27,000, patrons were presented with a wonderful theatrical production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s served with a not very filling, croissant, coffee, and cocktail.
In 2009, this West End production in London served breakfast for the opening performance, and ended up earning the record for the most expensive breakfast in the world. Unfortunately, guests were likely surprised that all they got for $27,000 was a croissant, coffee, and a cocktail.
However, the croissant was decorated with gold and diamonds, so at least it was fancy, if not edible.
4: $34,500 Caviar
When you picture yourself on a yacht sailing across calm seas, with your champagne in hand, it’s likely you’ll have caviar in the other. Everyone knows that caviar is one of the most expensive foods in the world.
Even on Amazon, a tin of ‘Marky’s Sevruga Premium Sturgeon Black Caviar‘ sells for over $2,500.
The most expensive caviar in the world selling at a whopping $34,500 comes from the “Almas” eggs of the Iranian Beluga fish.
The Beluga fish are the third-largest living species of bony fish, weighing in at 2,500 lbs. These fish are generally between 60 to 100 years old and find home in the Caspian sea, where there is minimal pollution, making their egg quality one of the best.
Since their eggs are so rare, Beluga fish caviar costs a whopping $34,500. With a Guinness World Record for being the most expensive caviar, let’s hope that could-be-home-down-payment was worth the taste bud experience.
3: $300,000 Truffles
Truffles are an incredibly sought after ingredient and are one of the rarest foods in the world. Truffles are common in luxury cuisine but are literally a fungus that grows in the ground. They are one of the most expensive foods in the world, not to mention the most expensive fungus in the world.
Depending on the type of truffle, prices can vary drastically. Just a couple of shavings of black truffles from France – known as black diamonds – can cost hundreds of dollars. White truffles from Italy can cost more than three times as much. The white truffle is an especially rare find, as they are only available for a few months of the year and can cost up to three times more than black truffles.
Truffles are usually found in forests around Italy by specially trained truffle-sniffing dogs or pigs during the months of October, November, and December. European white truffles can sell for as much as $3,600 a pound, but a two-pound truffle recently sold for more than $300,000, making it one of the most expensive foods ever sold.
It’s no surprise that with all this money thrown around for a fungus, a ring of organized crime has developed surrounding the truffle trade, including a black market and constant theft of both truffles, as well as highly valued truffle-sniffing dogs.
2: The $500,000 Bottle of Wine
We all know that wine can be expensive, and it’s not all that unusual to see $100 bottles at a nice restaurant. If you’ve ever been to an expensive bar or club, it’s not uncommon to see service for $1000 or more. But you may have never expected that anyone would be willing to pay half a million for just one bottle.
The 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon holds the record for being the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. This bottle of Screaming Eagle wine was part of a very limited batch, making it incredibly rare. What took the price over the top, though, was its method of selling. The bottle was likely worth about $10,000 but sold for $500,000 at a Napa Valley Wine Auction, where all proceeds go to charity.
1: The $75 Million Dollar Wedding Cake
Last and certainly not least is the most expensive wedding cake in the world. Crafted by cake designer Debbie Wingham, this wedding cake wasn’t even for an actual wedding. Made in the shape of a woman, this mannequin-esque cake weighs 164 pounds and is likely taller than some children and teens that you know.
The cake was designed for a wedding expo in Dubai, home to some of the most expensive weddings in the world. Dubai is known as a popular place where couples have multi-million dollar budgets for their special days.
Wingham decided she needed to splurge to completely blow away people with this unique cake at the expo to get business. Hopefully, her million-dollar dessert was worth the investment.
This incredible cake took 1,000 eggs and 20 kg (44 lbs) of chocolate. The entire cake is edible and is covered with 50 kg (110 lbs) of lacy confectionery. 5,000 decorative flowers were placed on the cake, and it took 10 whole days to decorate. To take it over the top, Wingham added pearls and three-carat diamonds that cost $2million each to decorate the bride’s head. With thousands of people at the event, hopefully, those three-carat diamonds didn’t go to waste.
Wingham also designed one of the most expensive shoes in the world, the ‘Debbie Wingham High Heels worth US$15 Million’
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