The World’s Most Expensive Foods

By Lindsey Johnson

When dining at a restaurant, we sometimes gripe about the prices on the menu and wonder if the food is really worth the cost. While eating local can sometimes feel costly, we scoured the world to find the most expensive foods that will truly make your jaw drop! 


Already known as a costly food, the most expensive caviar comes from Iran. These “black gold” eggs are called “Almas” and come from a rare albino Iranian Beluga sturgeon that swims in the less polluted Caspian Sea. The fish that produce these eggs are between 60-100 years old and 1 kilogram (approximately 2 pounds 3 ounces) of the caviar sells for approximately $34,500! 


The most expensive sandwich on record is a grilled cheese from Serendipity 3 in New York City. That’s right, a grilled cheese is the most expensive sandwich! The “Quintessential Grilled Cheese” is served on bread made with Dom Perignon champagne and edible gold flakes. This sandwich is made with rare Caciocavallo Podolico cheese and white truffle butter. But wait, there’s more! This grilled cheese comes with a side of South African Lobster Tomato Bisque as a dipping sauce and a price tag of $214. 


The Kai Mayfair restaurant in London boasts the most expensive soup. Titled “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall,” this protein-rich soup includes several meats such as chicken, pork, shark’s fin, dried scallops, huan ham and abalone mixed with ginseng, sea cucumber and Japanese flower mushroom. A bowl of this soup costs approximately $190. 


Scramble some eggs, throw in some veggies, that’s all there is to it! Not so fast. Norma’s Restaurant in New York offers the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata which includes a pound of lobster and 10 ounces of caviar mixed with eggs over a bed of fried potatoes for the bargain price of $1000. Not that hungry? Try the smaller version for only $100. 

Ice Cream Sundae 

Ready for some dessert to top off those pricey meals? How about another trip to Serendipity 3 in New York for the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate Sundae. Developed in partnership with luxury jeweler Euphoria New York and selling for $25,000, this sundae includes a blend of 28 different cocoas, including 14 of the most expensive. Topped with 0.17 ounces of edible 23-karat gold flakes, this sundae arrives in a goblet lined with more edible gold! The dessert is served with an 18-karat gold bracelet that includes a full carat of white diamonds. This ice cream is enjoyed with a take-home gold spoon dripping with white and chocolate colored diamonds. Now THAT is a rich dessert! 

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