News outlets like to pick on Millennials for eating avocado toast and drinking Starbucks coffee. Meanwhile, wealthy foodies are going above and beyond to spend outrageous amounts of money on once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Here at Self-Made, we’re going to cover some of the most expensive food in the world. Be sure to read until the end to see which food item costs one million dollars.
30. $65 Bowl of Shark Fin Soup
In China, shark fin soup is eaten during special occasions like weddings. If you are looking to try it in the United States, you’re going to have a difficult time getting ahold of it. In New York City, you can try a bowl of shark fin soup, but it will set you back $65.
While it may seem interesting and exciting to eat shark fin soup, you might actually want to avoid this one. Sharks contain a dangerous amount of mercury, so it might make you sick.
29. $90 Cookie
Spending $90 on a single cookie sounds outrageous until you see the work of Antolpo. The owner creates one-of-a-kind works of art that just so happen to be edible. These cookies are so beautiful, you will feel guilty about eating it. This would obviously not be the sort of cookie you casually buy with a cup of coffee. Each one of their handcrafted pieces is typically wrapped in plastic before going inside an elegant gift box.
The baker lives in Japan, and there’s no physical bakery where people can buy these cookies. Every item is custom-ordered via e-mail and the creator ships their cookie creations locally. So if you want to try it, you’re going to have to take a trip to Japan and maybe smuggle some back on the plane with you.
28. $100 Poutine
One of Canada’s signature dishes is poutine, which are french fries covered with cheese, meat, veggies, and gravy. The Buzzfeed Worth It crew showed up to try the $100 Poutine at Poutineville in Montreal. It’s a whopping 15 pounds and will take an entire crowd of people to eat it in one sitting.
Even though this poutine is expensive, it may be worth splitting among several friends who love poutine. Apparently, it’s delicious and worth spending more than your average $5 to $10 poutine.
27. $100 Milkshake
Who doesn’t love a creamy milkshake? It just might help hit the spot with your sweet tooth, but some people are apparently willing to spend $100 on dessert. The most expensive milkshake in the world is sold at Serendipity 3 in New York City.
This milkshake is made with some of the finest ingredients from around the world: Jersey milk, Tahitian vanilla ice cream, Devonshire clotted cream, 23k gold foil, and more. All of this is brought together in a glass covered with Swarovski crystals. As you might imagine, the only people who have paid that much for the milkshake are social media influencers and celebrities.
26. $110 Ramen
Sometimes, a warm bowl of ramen really hits the spot. It also just might bring back memories of your days being a broke college student. In Japan, ramen is taken far more seriously than what you can make from a 25-cent pack at home.
The Fujimaki Gekijyo restaurant serves their Five-Taste Blend Imperial Noodles, which costs $110 per bowl. It is also only exclusively made for people who know the restaurant owner.
25. $145 Hot Dog
Whether you are at a baseball game or wandering around a city, hot dog vendors are usually a cheap option to get something to eat for $1 to $5. The most expensive hot dog in the world is available at a food truck called Tokyo Dog in Seattle, Washington, and it costs a whopping $145.
The “Juuni Ban” is made with smoked cheese bratwurst, Maitake mushrooms, butter Teriyaki grilled onions, foie gras, Wagyu beef, black truffles, caviar, and Japanese mayonnaise.
24. $195 Mac ‘N’ Cheese
Even if you’re a terrible cook, chances are that you have made a $1 box of Kraft’s macaroni and cheese at some point in your life. It’s not exactly a dish you would imagine ordering at an upscale restaurant. At Barton G. in Hollywood, you can get the most expensive macaroni and cheese dish you have ever tasted. The dish is a full lobster stuffed with macaroni and cheese, topped off with truffle shavings. It’s a whopping $195 and serves two to four people.
Buzzfeed Worth It featured this dish on their YouTube channel. Apparently, it’s amazing and totally worth the money. Lucky for you, the recipe for the Barton G mac n’ cheese has been posted online, if you’re willing to go through the trouble of making it.
23. $200 Matsutake Mushrooms
Mushrooms are usually very cheap. You can get an entire carton for $1 to $2 at the grocery store. But the Matsutake mushrooms are not your garden variety fungi. If you want to buy a small wooden basket, they will cost $200. The larger mushrooms can go for as high as $1,000 per pound.
Matsutake mushrooms are incredibly rare in Japan, and they have been disappearing from the country due to a bug infestation. So they have become more and more valuable as the years went on.
22. $208 Cocktail
When you were a poor college kid, you probably pre-gamed before going to the bar because $10 drinks are far too expensive. If you thought that was bad, imagine paying $208 for just one cocktail. It’s called the Highland Park 30 Penicillin, and it’s available at The £10 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The drink also comes with some free snacks like bacon and cheese that are meant to complement the taste. To see more about this cocktail, watch the review on Buzzfeed Worth It.
21. $295 Le Burger Extravagant
According to Guinness World Records, the most expensive hamburger in the world is $295. It’s called Le Burger Extravagant. The burger is made with truffle butter-infused wagyu beef, cheddar cheese, and quail eggs.
If you want to taste this luxurious burger, it’s sold at the Serendipity 3 Restaurant in New York City. This restaurant also has some of the most expensive ice cream in the world, too.
20. $715 Pork
A restaurant called Jeepney in the East Village of New York City has a family-style pork roast meal that costs $715. It is served as a “kamayan,” which means “to eat with your hands.” Guests are encouraged to tear the pig apart without using utensils. Normally, this feast can feed 10 people.
Considering that buying a whole pig to roast costs between $200 to $300, it’s actually understandable why it’s so expensive to prepare this feast for a crowd of people. It could potentially be a great experience for a group of friends who are willing to split the cost, or a wealthy foodie who wants to treat their family to a special occasion.
19. $914 Cup of Coffee
If you thought going to Starbucks was expensive, you’ll be floored by the fact that there is a $914 cup of coffee. That’s at least 6 months of Starbucks, right? The Munch is a coffee shop in Osaka, Japan, and they offer coffee that has been aged in a barrel for 22 years. Who knew you could age coffee like a fine wine? In fact, it has been described as tasting like chocolate wine.
The owner of the restaurant actually discovered this by accident when he left cold brew coffee in his refrigerator for six months. It tasted great. So, he decided to put it in a barrel. 10 years later, it tasted sweet. So he decided to keep going. Since this coffee took so many years to age it costs a massive $914 per cup. Of course, you could always buy your own barrel to make this at home if you had the patience to wait a couple decades.
18. $1,000 Bagel
At The Westin in New York City, they sell a bagel that costs an outrageous $1,000. The bagel is topped with truffle cream cheese, edible gold, and a goji berry and wine jelly.
The proceeds from the sale of these luxury bagels go to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. So while the bagel may not truly be worth $1,000, you can feel good knowing that the money goes towards a good cause.
17. $1,000 Ice Cream
The most expensive ice cream in the world is the Golden Opulent Sundae, which is sold by Serendipity 3 in New York City. It is created with gold leaf, Tahitian vanilla ice cream, and drizzled with Amedei chocolate from Italy.
The sundae is topped off with an edible gold sugar flower. It also has salt-free caviar that has been infused with passionfruit on the side. There are extra toppings inside of the sundae like candied fruit and golden almonds.
16. $1,500 Saffron
This next entry is not a complete food dish, but rather a spice. Saffron is made from removing the red slender parts of a flower found in Spain, Iran, Greece, and India. The price starts at $1,500 per pound, and can actually be more expensive for certain varieties.
It is usually used to make risotto, bouillabaisse, and paella. Chefs only need to use a tiny pinch of saffron in their dishes, so at least a little goes a long way.
15. $1,593 Bento Box
In Japan, bento boxes are traditionally taken as lunch boxes to school and work. Cheap bentos called “ekiben” can be purchased at a train station or convenience store for just a few dollars. Larger bento boxes are often taken to picnics for friends to share together.
The price of a normal bento box changes depending on the ingredients, but the most expensive in the world is $1,593. It comes in a gorgeous hand-carved wooden box that you can keep and reuse.
14. $2,000 Lobster Frittata
Norma’s in New York City has a dish that has been nicknamed “The Zillion Dollar Frittata”. This is a 6-egg omelette made with lobster and topped off with a huge helping of caviar.
The “jumbo size” costs $2,000, while the smaller version is just $200 if you have less caviar on top. Either way, eating the Zillion Dollar Frittata is expensive, but some say it’s worth the experience. According to Business Insider, Norma’s sells 10 of the $2,000 versions and 40 of the $200 ones ever year.
13. $2,000 Pizza
Industry Kitchen, which is located in the financial district of New York City, serves the 24K Pizza. It has black dough that has been dyed with squid ink. Then it is topped with foie gras, English cheese, French truffles, and 24-karat gold. After it’s baked, the pizza is topped with caviar from the Caspian sea.
Andrew Ilnyckyj from Buzzfeed Worth It gave the following review for this pizza; “I’m fulfilling one of my greatest fantasies. Eating this pizza, I feel like a Bond villain. I want to eat this in my volcano lair.”
12. $2,210 Black Pig Ham
Jamón ibérico, also known as “black pig ham,” is one of the world’s most expensive meats from Spain. This leg of ham was selling for £1,800 or $2,210 in the Selfridges department store in London. At the moment, that particular ham is out of stock, but the store still sells outrageously expensive ham that can be shipped all over the world.
After the popularity of this dish, the budget grocery chain Lidl began offering the same ham for just £100, which is $128. Even though it’s a fraction of the price, there are few people who would spend over $100 to make a ham sandwich.
11. $2,487 Curry
An Indian restaurant called Bombay Brasserie in London sells curry for £2000, or $2,487. This dish is nicknamed ‘Samundari Khazana.’ The restaurant is famous for being a famous go-to for sport celebrities when they visit London.
The seafood curry is made with Scottish lobster, Abalone sea snails, white truffles, and Beluga caviar. Each one of these ingredients is incredibly expensive on its own, but together, it makes the most expensive curry in the world.
10. $2,500 Soufflé
A restaurant in New York City called Petrossian sells a caviar soufflé that costs a shocking $2,500. The soufflé is made with quail eggs, and they use applewood smoke to enhance the flavor. Then, it’s topped with 24-karat gold leaf and a 200-year old cognac that is set on fire and used to flambé the dish. Last and certainly not least, it is topped with some of the most expensive caviar you can find.
This holds the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive soufflé in the world. This is apart of the “secret menu” at Petrossian, so you need to ask for the chef to make it special for you.
9. $4,500 to $6,000 Black Watermelon Densuke
In the summertime, watermelon is one of the best fruits you can eat. Normally, watermelon is very affordable, but in Hokkaido, Japan, there are luxury versions of nearly every fruit. The most expensive of all watermelons is the black watermelon, densuke.
The shell is much darker than normal, and the fruit flesh is far sweeter than a normal watermelon. Normally, people can buy a black water densuke for around $250, but some of the more expensive melons are between $4,500 to $6,000.
8. $10,900 Grapes
In Japan, it is polite to bring gifts over someone’s house when you come to visit, especially if you have just gone on vacation and brought back souvenirs. It’s common for people to bring baskets of fruit as a gift. Over time, luxury fruit became popular as a way for the wealthy to one-up their friends. Maybe you have seen the video from Buzzfeed where they tried grapes that cost nearly $2,000.
Believe it or not, there are even more expensive grapes in Japan. The price of these luxury grapes is typically decided by a committee, but one bunch in particular actually went up for auction and reached the insane price of $10,900.
7. $14,260 Meat Pie
Traditionally, meat or “minced pie” is eaten in England during Christmas time. In the United States, we sometimes call them pot pies. They are delicious, but not known for being especially expensive. The Fence Gate Inn in the UK sells the most expensive meat pie in the world, which costs $14,260.
The meat pie is created with Japanese Wagyu beef, Matsutake mushrooms, and winter black truffles. The gravy is made with 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, which is typically over $1,000 per bottle.
6. $25,000 Dessert
The Frrrozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity 3 is made in partnership with a jeweler named Euphoria in New York City. It is considered to be the world’s most expensive dessert. It’s made with a blend of 28 different chocolate cocoas from around the world, which gives a deep richness to its flavor.
This ice cream sundae is made with edible 24-karat gold. The base of the ice cream goblet has an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds. The dish is served with a golden spoon, decorated with diamonds. If you want to eat this dessert, the total cost is $25,000, but you can take the jewelry, goblet, and spoon home with you.
5. $27,000 Breakfast
In 2009, The West End in London had a theatrical production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. They served a breakfast for the opening performance, and it ended up earning the record for the most expensive breakfast in the world.
Unfortunately, the only thing that the guests got for $27,000 was a croissant, coffee, and a cocktail. The croissant was decorated with gold and diamonds, so at least it was fancy.
4. $34,500 Caviar
Everyone knows that caviar is one of the most expensive foods in the world. Even on Amazon, tins of caviar sell in the ballpark of $100. The most expensive caviar in the world comes from the “Almas” eggs of the Iranian Beluga fish. These fish are between 60 to 100 years old. They live in the Caspian sea, where there is very little pollution.
Since their eggs are so rare, this costs a whopping $34,500, and it has the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive caviar.
3. $300,000 Truffle
The most expensive fungus in the world that you can buy is truffle. It has become a go-to topping on many luxurious dishes. Depending on the type of truffle, prices will vary drastically.
European white truffles can be sold for up to $3,600 per pound. There was one truffle in particular that weighed two pounds and sold for an incredible $300,000.
2. $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. You may have never expected that anyone would be willing to pay half a million dollars for just one bottle. The 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon holds the record for being the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at the Napa Valley charity auction.
This bottle of Screaming Eagle wine was created with a very limited batch, which makes it incredibly rare. The price may have been inflated because of the charity, but it is still the most expensive bottle ever.
1. $1,000,000 Wedding Cake
Last and certainly not least is the most expensive wedding cake in the world. It was made by a cake designer named Debbie Wingham for a wedding expo in Dubai. Keep in mind that Dubai is home to some of the most expensive weddings in the world where couples have multi-million dollar budgets. So for Wingham, she needed to completely blow people away with her cakes at this expo.
Hopefully, her million-dollar dessert was worth the investment. The cake weighed 164 pounds, which was the right size to feed thousands of people attending the event.