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Five Of The Most Expensive Restaurants In The World

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Most people appreciate the occasional meal in a fancy restaurant, and dining in a Michelin Star restaurant is something that everyone should try at least once. These restaurants take fine dining to a whole new level, however, offering a dining experience that goes beyond “premium” or “luxury”, and position themselves squarely as once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences reserved for superstars and millionaires only. Let’s take a look at some of the most expensive dining opportunities in the world.

1. The White Truffle and Gold Pizza at Margo’s ($2,420)

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According to the menu at Margo’s, Malta, which sells this premium pizza, the dish is “Not just a pizza”, apparently it is “a sign from God telling us how great She is”. The restaurant asks for one week’s notice to prepare the pizza, and it is only available between October and May, which is truffle season. The truffles for the pizza are flown in specially from Piemonte, and the exact price of the pizza will depend on the price of the truffles. In addition to fresh truffles, the pizza is topped with 24K gold leaf, and organic water buffalo mozzarella.

2. The $100 Cheesesteak From Barclay Prime

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Barclay Prime in Philadelphia does its own special variant of the Philly Cheesesteak, except instead of a traditional baguette with some cheese, steak and sauce in it, their version is made with wage ribeye and foie gras, and topped with truffled, home-made fontina cheese. The bread isn’t just any white baguette either, but a sesame roll. Instead of a coffee or a soda, you’ll get this tasty dish served with a glass of Dom Perignon 2000. Traditional fast-food cheesesteaks are a must-eat dish when you’re in Philadelphia, and all things considered, $100 is pretty affordable for a premium dining experience.

3. Seafood at Masa, New York ($600)

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A meal at the Masa in New York will cost about $600, but for that price you get to enjoy five different appetizers, a shushi entree which includes more than 15 different kinds of seafood, and a dessert. The food is prepared by renowned sushi chef Masa Takayam, and the ingredients are all flown in fresh from Japan. If you care about things like food miles this is an environmental nightmare, but if you want an authentic Japanese dining experience in the USA, you can’t beat a visit to Masa.

4. The FleurBurger 5000 at Fleur ($5000)

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Las Vegas is known for its decadence, so it makes sense that it would be the home of the five thousand dollar burger. This burger is the creation of Hubert Keller, and is served at his Fleur restaurant. The burger was created because Keller noticed that one of his competitors sold a $100 burger, and he decided that he wanted to make something even more luxurious. The FleurBurger is made of Kobe beef, truffles and foie gras, and is served on a brioche truffle bun. It is served with a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1995, and for ordering the burger you will have two crystal stemware glasses delivered to your home.

5. Strawberries at Arnaud’s ($3,950,000)

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Arnaud’s is well known for serving premium meals. It rose to fame for offering a $1.4 million dollar dessert, but now the New Orleans based restaurant has decided to up its game, by selling a strawberry dish for $3.95 million. The dish is quite simple – strawberries marinaded in port, red wine, citrus and spices, with a dash of vanilla ice cream. What makes the dish so expensive is that it also comes with a 7.09 carat pink diamond ring, as part a “proposal package”. Nothing says I love you like a four million dollar meal!

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This post was put together by Crispin Jones, the blogger for the Gourmet Society. If you want to find out more have a look at their site or download their app.

Eight Wacky And Weird Restaurants

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For most people, dining out is more than just what’s served up on the menu.  Other key ingredients that add to the whole experience include the ambiance and the surroundings.  For some truly unusual dining experiences, here are eight of the wackiest and weirdest restaurants around.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives

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If you quite like the idea of dining on seafood whilst being immersed amongst sea creatures, then this restaurant could well be on the menu for you.  It’s set below sea level, beneath a giant glass oval window, so that you can watch the fish glide by as you eat their cousins.

Modern Toilet Restaurant, Taiwan

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For a bit of Far Eastern toilet humour, you may well need to a sense of humour or even a strong stomach to dine out at this chain of eateries.  Not only do you sit on a toilet when eating, but your food is served up from a toilet shaped bowl.  Hopefully, the restaurant has a separate area for when customers actually need to use the toilet!

Sky Restaurant, Belgium

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If you have a cool £10,000 to spare and fancy a dining experience that won’t be forgotten in a hurry, then you can literally eat whilst being suspended from a crane in the sky.  Certainly not one for those who fear heights, but the good thing is, you’ll no doubt have a wide-reaching view.

Cabbages and Condoms, Thailand

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Wacky, weird and very unique, this restaurant boasts claims of being the only eatery in the world dedicated to birth control.  As suggested by its name, the restaurant focuses heavily on all things condom related, from condoms on the walls, to condom related menus and you even get a condom after your meal – making a change from the ubiquitous mint!

Buns and Guns, Beirut, Lebanon

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Verging on the macabre, a restaurant devoted to blood, guts and everything military, the owner wanted to reflect on the time when Beirut was at war with Israel.  Surprisingly, most patrons view the joint with an air of amusement, as they munch on their mortar burgers or terrorists meals to the sound of helicopters flying overhead.

Kayabukiya, Japan

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Another gem from the Far East, this traditional Japanese eatery has a couple of out-of-the-ordinary waiters, namely monkeys, serving meals and generally helping out. They may only work for a couple of hours each day (due to local animal rights laws) but they certainly deserve every single soya bean tip they get for a job well done.

Life On Mars, New York

If you’ve ever fancied a trip to Mars, let alone eating there, then this restaurant will probably be the nearest thing to fulfill your fantasy.  Not only do you sit and eat in what resembles a dusty, hot, dry, red planet but you get served by Martians, albeit friendly ones.  Martian seafood platter is said to be one of this eatery’s specialities.

Dans le Noir, London

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Many diners savour eating by candlelight, but go one step dimmer and at this establishment you will find yourself eating in the dark.  It might sound a weird and wacky concept, but the actual idea behind it is to encourage diners to appreciate the true flavour and taste of their food.

About the author:Crispin Jones writes for Restaurant Choice – an online supplier of gift vouchers for both independent restaurants and a selection of popular dining groups.