The Most Expensive Restaurants on Every Continent
I made it my mission this afternoon to find the most expensive restaurants on every continent. The results are in, and they’re pretty wild. If dropping thousands of dollars on one night out isn’t going to fit into your budget, these restaurants may not be for you…
6. South America
Central in Lima is being called one of the best restaurants in the world, and was listed as the number one restaurant in Latin America. At the head of the restaurant is Michelin Star Chef Virgilio Martinez, and their website states that Central’s 17 course tasting menu aims to take you through the “elevations of Peru’s biodiversity.”
The food at the restaurant is sourced locally from Peru, and the menu features ingredients from the high-altitude Andes, to the ocean, and everything in between. The meal will set you back $156 per person, which actually isn’t too bad for a Michelin star restaurant. Keep reading though, it only gets crazier…
What kind of crazy expensive restaurants does Africa got going on these days? I’ll tell you. This list of the Top 10 Restaurants in Africa names The Test Kitchen in Cape Town as one of the best on the continent. So, how amazing is it, and more importantly, how expensive is it?
Well first of all, the full course menu involves multiple rooms. You begin in “the dark room” where (I assume) the lights are out so you can focus on the flavors of the meal without distraction. Later, you move into “the light room” (very creative) to finish the meal with a fine-dining experience. The menu with the iconic wine pairing will run you $193 per person. If you’re thinking “What kind of peasant can’t afford a $200 meal,” then first of all, I’m jealous. And second, get ready because Australia’s about to kick it up a notch.
Attica in Melbourne is one of the most expensive restaurants in the country. A quick review in this recent article about the most expensive restaurants in Australia says the tasting menu alone costs $250 per person… when I looked it up, the menu shows that cost has already gone up to $275. If you’re wealthy enough to add wine pairings, that will be another $185 per person.
So to enjoy a full dinner and a couple glasses of wine, a meal for two at Attica costs over $900! I checked out the menu to see what that would involve. Right now they’re offering a lot of options I’ve never heard of, like “Tulip and Jumbuck,” “Pearl Cooked in Paperbark,” and “An Imperfect History of Ripponlea.” Yum?
Asia, and especially Japan, are known for their world class fine dining experiences, so I knew this continent wouldn’t disappoint. While reading about the 5 Most Expensive Restaurants in Japan, I discovered Kyoto Kitcho. The restaurant was started in 1930 and passed down through the generations, so now the head chef is the founder’s grandson.
The 10 course tasting menu costs $480 per person, which means with drinks a meal for two here will probably run you over $1,000. Want to show off and order their most expensive bottle of wine to go with it? No problem, that will just be an extra $26,000…
Ok, this crazy restaurant in Ibiza has been making headlines lately and definitely has to be mentioned. Coming in hot on Food Network’s List of the World’s Most Expensive Restaurants is a small eatery called Sublimotion. Guys, this isn’t just a meal. The whole experience includes a custom soundtrack, drama, art, magic, and many more performances to accompany the meal. Does that justify the $2,000 per person price tag? Idk, but I’d really love to find out someday! By the way, the restaurant only seats 12 people per night, so if you have the money for the meal, make sure to book your reservations well in advance!
If you think $2,000 per person is absurd (because it is) then hold on to your horses because it’s not even the most expensive restaurant on the continent. That title for Europe goes to this $9,800 pizza for two from Renato Viola in Italy. It’s clearly the most expensive pizza in the world but what’s included in the cost? Some crazy expensive ingredients, obviously, as well as an entire team to fly to your home to cook and serve it onsite in your kitchen. Yeah.
1. North America
What is the most expensive dish you can get in North America (and possibly the world?) According to The Independent, it’s a $25,000 taco. Yes, you read that right. One taco. For the price of some Americans’ entire student debt. The taco is served at the Frida restaurant at the Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort in Mexico, but you gotta be in the know to get it. It’s not listed on the menu and is by guest request only according to my pal Imelda, who I chatted with on the resort’s website.
What makes this taco so special? The taco features Almas Beluga, the most expensive caviar in the world, along with Kobe beef, lobster, black truffles, and more. If you can afford ONE TACO for $25,000, please tell me what you do for a living because I really need to get in on that.
Ok, there you have it. The most expensive restaurants (that I could find in a couple hours of research) on every continent. Pretty eye opening to see what people are willing to pay for a meal! If you can buy dinner at Central in Peru, you’re having a good year. If you buy dinner at Kyoto Kitcho in Japan, you’ve pretty much made it. If you buy a $25,000 taco, you’re out of your damn mind. But hit me up cause we should definitely hang out sometime 🙂
All my love,
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