TheWeek.com recently published an article* titled “5 ridiculously expensive restaurant menu items“, showcasing the following:
POCKETS ARE DEEP IN THE CULINARY WORLD
In 2010, this British hotel served a very decadent potato, called the “tuxedo spud” because it looks like it’s dressed up to go to a fancy ball. It’s also a reference to the nickname Brits have for the baked potato: the jacket potato. The tuxedo spud is prepared like a normal baked potato, then loaded with chives, spring onions, and creme fraiche. Then it gets expensive when the chef tops it off with a generous portion of $60-per-pound caviar. It also comes with vine ripened tomatoes, a salad, and a glass of champagne.
2. Nino’s $1,000 pizza
This pricey main course — offered by a New York City eatery in 2007 — was just a 12-inch pizza. Why so exorbitantly priced? Because it was topped with six varieties of caviar and fresh lobster. Customers even had to order their pie 24 hours ahead of time so the restaurant could get the caviar.
3. 666 Burger’s $666 burger
Last year, New York City’s devilish 666 Burger food truck began offering the “Douche Burger,” named for the kind of person who would buy a a $666 burger. The bank-account-busting sandwich comes with a kobe beef patty wrapped in a gold leaf, and stacked with foie gras, caviar, lobster, truffles, and imported aged gruyere cheese. It’s seasoned with Himalayan rock salt, and the cheese is melted from the steam of boiled champagne. And it’s literally wrapped in three greasy $100 bills. 666 Burger owner Franz Aliquo said the person who eats it may not enjoy the taste combination, “but it will make you feel rich as f—.”
4. 230 Fifth’s $2,300 hot dog
The famous rooftop lounge in Manhattan offers customers a super expensive hot dog that has thousands of dollars on your typical ballpark frank. This foot-long marvel is made from marbled Wagyu beef that takes 60 days to dry. It’s smothered with white truffle butter, French-imported mustard, and saffron ketchup, then covered in champagne cooked onions, homemade sauerkraut, and (what else?) caviar. Then just sprinkle on some gold leaf. Fortunately, those who buy this expensive wiener won’t just be stuffing their wealthy faces with decadent food. They will also be making a sizable charitable donation to a local food bank with their purchase.
5. Serendipity 3’s $25,000 frozen hot chocolate
The only way to end this meal would be to just eat a gold brick for dessert, right? Well, you’re half-right. This Washington eatery offers one of the most expensive items on just about any menu: a $25,000 bowl of frozen hot chocolate. Just about every ingredient that goes into making this dessert could rack up some serious debt. It’s made from 14 of the world’s rarest cocoas — imported from Africa and South America — and shavings from the $2,500-per-pound La Madeline au Truffle. Then the dessert is accented with edible 24-carat gold and served in an edible gold goblet. The most expensive part is the silverware: a jewel-encrusted spoon worth $14,000.
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THE HAWAII PROJECT
That in mind, I immediately thought of creating a list code named “The Hawaii Project”, of hotels, restaurants and private chefs around Hawaii who have had, or currently offer such stratospherically priced menu offerings.
Alan Wong’s Tempura Ahi Lolipops. $100 each. Seriously? No. However tastes like a million buck$ each!
Hmmm? What did they serve one of the richest men in the world, Mr. Bill Gates and his bride when they were privately wed on the island of Lanai? What was the tab for that braised prime dry-aged tenderloin Kobe beef Alan Wong served President Obama and his entourage while on their annual Hawaiian holiday season vacations?
Chef Alan Wong’s Whole Tomato Salad, featuring his signature Li Hing Mui Ume Vinaigrette. Pricele$$.
With that, please give me time from now to do some serious investigative research, where I’ll talk with hotel and restaurant chefs, managers, staff, as well as media people, family and friends from all over Hawaii to ask this begging question, “Whom have you heard of, seen, and/or experienced that’s served and/or currently offers the THE MOST EXPENSIVE, OVER-THE-TOP DISH in HAWAII?”
Kualoa’s Loco Moco: 2 Sunnyside-up farm-fresh organic Kahuku Kalei eggs heaped over 2 Kaa’awa Kiawe-grilled Kualoa Ranch free-range grass fed beef patties and 2 scoops Kahalu’u Gold Rice, then smothered with Kahana Bay Demi-Glace Gravy, along with a side of Punalu’u “Mac” Salad. $80,000.
That’s obviously not as described in the caption, however, imagine “The World’s most expensive Loco Moco”? Seriously!
Well, actually here’s one take on that notion, from Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room in Macy’s at Ala Moana Center…
This is described as such: “Kiawe grilled Maui Cattle Company Hamburger Patty on Fried Rice with two Peterson Farm Eggs any style and Veal Jus. Here’s the Veal Jus…
It would be highly appreciated if you folks, the readers would be so kind to share with us your own experiences either hearing about, seeing, or better yet tasting THE MOST EXPENSIVE, OVER-THE-TOP EATS in HAWAII.
Once all the resources have been gathered (including photos whenever possible) for this code named project, the resulting follow-up will be titled “Hawaii’s Most Expensive, Over-the-Top Eats“. Should be interesting!
*Body copy of items 1 through 5 resourced from: 5 Ridiculously Expensive Restaurant Menu Items – TheWeek.com
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