It’s one thing to indulge in a meal; it’s quite another to invest in one.
For foodies with fat wallets, the allure of an over-the-top dining experience is reason enough to justify spending hundreds of dollars in a single sitting. The curiosity and intrigue generated by outrageously-priced meals hasn’t diminished even in these tough economic times: U.K. chef Martin Blunos made headlines in September when he concocted a $174 cheese sandwich and New York eatery Serendipity 3 did the same when it unveiled a $69 hot dog back in July.
Whether or not an overly-expensive dish is a “real” luxury or a public-relations gimmick can certainly be argued; the aforementioned Serendipity 3, for instance, has a long history of adding “buzz-worthy” creations to its otherwise moderate menu, setting world records with its $1,000 ice-cream sundae, four-gallon mug of hot chocolate and fancy frankfurter.
But that’s an argument for another day.
For now, here’s a look at a few extravagant edibles your bank account may have trouble digesting: