Sunday, July 4, 2010

A list of 11 of the world's most extravagant meals

6. Nino's Bellissima Pizza - New York

There's nothing special about the sauce or the crust. This pizza earns its USD 1,000 price tag with its toppings. Nino's in New York loads down this pie with caviar and fresh Maine lobster. There's also some salmon roe and a little wasabi.

7. Dinner In The Sky

"People were getting bored with just going to the same old restaurants," says David Ghysels, the Belgian entrepreneur who created this movable restaurant suspended by a crane. If you've got the cash, Ghysels will bring his portable dining room anywhere he's got clearance. Bringing a star chef and his suspended restaurant to a US locale could cost between USD 50,000 and USD 100,000.

8. Picnic on Macaroni Beach

Mustique Island Barbecued chicken, mango and avocado salad, couscous with vegetables and rum punch sounds like standard picnic fare. Unless, of course, your picnic is on Macaroni Beach, on the exclusive Mustique island in the West Indies. The private island is open only to guests who own or rent some of its stunning villas, all of which come with their own kitchen staff.

9. Chef's Table at L'Espadon Paris

This restaurant, complete with a climbing lilac tree in the middle of the opulent dining room, serves up dishes like roast rib of milk-fed veal in a hay-infused stock and filet de boeuf Rossini with "cappuccino-style" mashed potatoes (with truffles and cocoa). Occasionally, Executive Chef Michel Roth invites guests to dine at the chef's table, offering a ringside seat to the choreography of the Ritz's mythical kitchens.

10. Private Dinner at Chef Louis Pous

For diners who aren't into travelling, Little Palm Island resort chef Louis Pous has started making house calls. For USD 10,000 (for up to 10 people) plus travel costs, the chef and his staff of two will fly anywhere in the United States to prepare a private meal. The package, which must be reserved 30 days in advance, does not include wines, china or stemware.

11. Dinner at Three on the Bund - Shanghai

This small domed dining room capping Three on the Bund, Shanghai's upmarket shopping and dining complex, is so intimate it can only squeeze in two diners and a butler. While taking in the panoramic views of Shanghai, you can feast on food from any of the restaurants in the complex including Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Jean Georges, Laris or Whampoa Club, for about USD 500 for two.


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