For no apparent reason at all New York City restaurant Serendipity 3 has invented the world's most expensive hamburger (according the the Guinness Book of World Records). "Le Burger Extravagant" costs a stomach-lurching $295. And it's loaded with goodies.
This burger comes fully loaded like it's the most tricked-out lowrider Rolls Royce of hamburgers, ever. It's made with Kobe-style beef, Salish Alderwood smoked Pacific sea salt, Kaluga caviar, and cheddar hand-made and cafe-aged for 18 months by "famed" cheesemaker James Montgomery of Somerset, England. It's also got white truffle butter, black truffles, a fried quail egg (BECAUSE), and creme fraiche. And because this burger is still not fancy enough they throw in a solid-gold, diamond-encrusted fleur de lys toothpick. It's like a royal scepter for your hamburger.
Fancy enough for you? Well -- let's just see how it compares with the other super-expensive burgers out there.
By the way, Kobe is beef from the Japanese black Wagyu breed breed of cattle and it's supposed to be MAGNIFICENT. It's not allowed to be sold anywhere outside of Japan (except in Macau, their Las Vegas). Kobe here is actually "Kobe-style" -- which means American-raised Wagyu breeds crossed with Angus. Whatever, the point is, don't be so impressed when you see "KOBE OMG OMG" on a menu.
$81 Olde Homestead Steakhouse. This burger is made with 100 percent "Grade Five" (I guess that means super-amazing?) ahem, Kobe-style beef with a medallion of Kobe-style sirloin hidden inside.
$108 Four Seasons in Jakarta, Indonesia. This burger is topped with Asian pears, foie gras, and Portobello mushroom. Hmm, pears and mushrooms for $108? Really?
$150 DB Double Truffle Burger, Bistro Moderne. Celebrity chef Daniel Boulud makes his burger with short ribs, foie gras, and 20 grams of shaved black truffles.
$5,000 Fleur de Lys, Las Vegas. Kobe-style beef patty topped with foie gras, black truffles, and truffle sauce on a brioche truffle bun. Trying singing that list to the "two all-beef patties lettuce cheese special sauce pickles onions on a sesame seed bun" song. But most of the cost of that burger comes from the bottle of 1990 Chateu Petrus plus the bonus-burger (yes, this is a two-for-one deal). Is that considered cheating?
Well anyway... I feel full just having written this post. I gotta lie down now. No more money burgers for me, thanks.
If money were no object which burger would you most want to try?
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