Everyone enjoys treating themselves to a restaurant meal from time to time; it’s nice to let someone else do the cooking and washing up, and if you’re craving a particular cuisine, you know it’ll never taste the same when you make it at home. But just how much would you be willing to fork out for a fancy restaurant meal?
Some of the most expensive restaurant meals I’ve had include £60 per head at Native in Covent Garden, London (worth every penny), while the tasting menu at famed Indian restaurant, Moksh in Cardiff Bay (one of my all-time favourite restaurants) will set you back £70 per person with wine pairing. Meanwhile, the Chef’s Table tasting menu at Laguna Restaurant in Bar in Park Plaza Cardiff costs £59 per head for six courses with wine.
Across the world, however, you’ll find restaurants so expensive, they make the ones listed above seem highly affordable. If I ever happen to get lucky and win on the EuroMillions, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find me stuffing my face in one of the most expensive restaurants in the world!
SubliMotion, Spain — £1,613 per person
Based within Ibiza’s Hard Rock Hotel, SubliMotion takes the concept of food travel to another level. Michelin star dining meets futuristic technology as a combination of music, visuals, art and hi-tech headsets transport diners to new worlds, transcending reality with each course. Spanish Chef Paco Roncero and his team have eight Michelin stars between them, and the menu centres upon molecular gastronomy.
I can’t find a single negative review of SubliMotion, although for this kind of money, you certainly wouldn’t expect to be disappointed. This hi-tech experience comes with a hefty price tag; at over £1,600 per person for a 15-20 course meal, this has to be one of the most expensive restaurants in the world!
Masa, New York — £442 Per Person
Masa, located in New York City’s Time Warner Center, is named after its founder, Chef Masa Takayama. Ever since a young age, Masa has had a keen interest in fish. He grew up working in his family’s fish market in Japan, delivering sashimi on his bike and prepping fish dishes for weddings after school. When he graduated, he trained at Tokyo’s well-respected Ginza Sushi-ko, before opening his first restaurant in Tokyo and another restaurant in Beverley Hills, followed by Masa in 2004.
There’s no set menu, but for only £442 per person, you can spend the best part of two hours feasting on freshly prepared sushi from the kitchen. Think that’s expensive? Drinks are extra! However, tips are not accepted or expected (at that price, I wouldn’t have anything left to tip!)
Restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse, Paris – £378 per person
Run by legendary Chef Alain Ducasse (who also owns the equally expensive Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London), the two Michelin-starred Restaurant Le Meurice is situated within one of Paris’ finest luxury hotels, Le Meurice. The restaurant oozes affluent Parisian charm and glamour, inspired by the Salon de la Paix at the Château de Versailles. Think antique gold mirrors, grand fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and crisp white tablecloths, not to mention the elaborate fresco ceiling. The minute you set foot in this place, you know it’s one of the most expensive restaurants in the world.
The chef’s group menu starts at £378 per head, while lunch costs £130, without wine or tips – this has to be one of the most expensive restaurants in the world!
Aragawa, Tokyo – £275 per person
Tucked away in the basement of an office building in Shinbashi business district, Tokyo, Aragawa offers an intimate dining experience for up to 22 people at a time. Its somewhat subtle location and minimal space reinforce its exclusivity
The set menu will set you back up to £275 per person – excluding drinks!
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives — £242 Per Person
Named after the Dhivehi (the official language of the Maldives) word for ‘mother of pearl’, Ithaa restaurant at Conrad Hotel Maldive is the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, sitting 10-feet below the surface of the Indian ocean. Munch on modern European cuisine as you watch tropical fish and marine wildlife swimming in their natural habitats.
Considered one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world, you won’t have an easy time getting a reservation. But when you finally do, you can expect to tuck into salubrious seafood dishes like foie gras and truffle dumpling, reef lobster-stuffed calamarata pasta and coconut-crusted légine.
At £240 per person for six courses, Ithaa certainly isn’t cheap, but while your food will be polished off in a matter of hours, you’ll remember the dining experience forever!
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