Michelin stars, celebrity chefs and plates of food that are so beautiful that you don’t actually want to eat them. Yes, this is the dining lifestyle that lottery winners get to enjoy on every restaurant in a daily basis.
From underwater restaurants surrounded by sharks to bottles of wine that set you back thousands of euros. These dining experiences are more likely to leave a lasting impact on your bank balance than your taste buds.
Despite all this, their popularity around the world continues to grow. With the most expensive restaurants becoming less and less accessible to the everyday man. Their mixture of daring flavours and perfectly presented plates of food has set a precedent that many amateur chefs aspire to achieve.
For the time being, taking a seat at one of these restaurants might be a little out of our financial range, but there’s certainly no harm in planning ahead for when we do win the lottery. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of five of the most expensive restaurants in the world.
Before reading on, we’d advise you to brush up on the Heimlich manoeuvre – some of these prices may make you choke.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (Maldives)
Cost: $320 P/P (for food only)
It’s easy to see why the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant was rated as the most beautiful in the world by the New York Daily News in 2014. Set five metres beneath the Indian Ocean’s surface, this glass-domed location offers diners a unique panoramic view of the surrounding coral. Frequent visitors to the spot include giant manta rays and schools of reef sharks, as well as reams of wealthy tourists. The six-course menu specialises in European cuisine but makes use of the abundance of local produce. Courses include reef fish caviar and a mandarin sherbet with fresh blackberries.
Gordon Ramsay (London)
Cost: $320 P/P (for food only)
Television shows such as Hell’s Kitchen and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares have helped to build Gordon Ramsay’s brand as a no-nonsense, all-action chef. His fiery personality in the kitchen certainly seems another world away from the tranquil, eloquent settings of his restaurants. The Scottish chef’s signature branch in Chelsea, London, has held three Michelin stars since 2001. It is one of only four restaurants in the whole of the United Kingdom to do so. The menu is largely based around French cuisine, with diners given the choice of pigeon roasted in lavender and honey or braised and roasted lamb. While the cost of the food might just about be palatable, the price of the wine will truly make your eyes start to water. A bottle of 1900 Chateau Margaux will set you back a cool £11,000. Of course, there’s always the option of a jug of tap water instead.
Masa (New York City)
Cost: $350 P/P (for food only)
Despite being situated in the heart of New York City, Masa is a strictly Japanese dining experience. Plants, water features and stone serving plates all help to give the restaurant a natural, relaxing feel. That theme is also carried over by the restaurant’s head chef, Masa Takayama, who advises all customers to dress comfortably for the occasion. Take a seat, and you’ll soon find out why, as a plethora of small dishes are served to customers over a three-hour period. Servings of slender slices of beef tataki will soon make your tummy begin to rumble, while just one bite of the restaurant’s famed wasabi watercress salad will send your taste buds tingling.
Restaurant Le Meurice (Paris)
Cost: $524 P/P (for food only)
If there’s one country in the world that does fine dining better than anywhere else, it’s France. With 620 Michelin Star restaurants spread out throughout the country, it really is in a league of its own. One way restaurant owners are attempting to stand out from their competition is through location, and they don’t come much more highbrow than the spectacular Restaurant Le Meurice. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles, the restaurant’s main room comes lavished in hanging, crystal chandeliers and decorative, bronze covings. Items on the set menu include guinea fowl pie, lobster, veal, and of course, a selection of cheeses for dessert.
Cost: $2,000 P/P
Ibiza may be more renowned for its nightlife, but head chef Paco Rancero has made sure that the island is also home to a culinary experience unlike anything else in the world. Situated in the Hard Rock Hotel, the ‘restaurant’ consists of one long dining table that sits just 12 patrons at a time. Visitors get to take part in a gastronomy experience that brings the food to life through its surroundings. The restaurant’s walls, table, music and even humidity change depending on the item of food served. The tapas-style menu includes a pillow of nitrogenised olive oil, a rich liquid cheese and a white-chocolate foie gras doughnut. The 20-course meal is, according to Rancero, designed to give the customer an “emotional experience,” although it isn’t clear whether this includes the delivery of the bill at the end of the meal.