$368 for a steak?? Five of the world's most expensive dishes

Would you pay $368 for a steak? Believe it or not, a single entrée at a rarefied restaurant can boast a triple-digit price tag. Out of fascination and pure culinary voyeurism, I tracked down the most expensive dishes (including one dessert) at some of the world's priciest restaurants. And, since you might not feel inclined to blow your monthly budget on a main course, I found wallet-friendly alternatives for cooking your own versions at home:

Aragawa is billed as Tokyo's first steakhouse, and its sought-after specialty is Kobe beef-locally raised, hand-fed Wagyu cattle renowned for their succulent flavor and delicate marbled texture. The house preparation is minimal - it's served with just mustard and pepper. The price? $368 for one steak. While the experience is no doubt life-changing, consider grilling up this Sirloin With Mustard and Chives dish at home instead. It might not be Kobe but it will be delish:


At Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, the menu is authentic French. The dining room looks breathtakingly opulent. The service is said to be hushed and refined. And the poached chicken is $260. While this Michelin-starred meal might not be in your cards, try your hand at this simple, savory Poached Chicken Breat With Apples recipe (for much, much less):

Sipping an Alsace Pinot Blanc in the private garden of the famed (and notoriously snooty) Bruneau in Brussels, you might be tempted to order the filet of bass with Imperial Osetra Caviar - caviar obtained from rare albino sturgeons of the Caspian Sea. But be warned: This dish alone will set you back $292. Why not broil up your own Glazed Sea Bass, substituting $200/oz caviar with a more accessible maple-balsamic glaze.

Gordon Ramsay's Verre has the distinction of being the first celebrity chef venture in Dubai, and its modern European cuisine has garnered international acclaim-as well as foodie criticism about celebrity-chef absenteeism. Order a soul-soothing roast lamb with Aubergine gratin and confit tomatoes and try not to wince at the $70 entrée price. Or simply pull out your roasting pan for this Harvest Leg of Lamb recipe, perfect for a cold winter's night.


Created back in the day when flashy displays of wealth were all the rage (remember 2007?), the Golden Opulence Sundae at New York City's Serendipity is a cool $1,000. How could an ice cream sundae cost this much? The proprietors source Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, Madagascar vanilla, Chuao chocolate from the coast of Venezuela, Parisian candied fruits, Grand Passion caviar, and 23K edible gold leaf topping, all served in a baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet (which you get to take home) with an 18K gold spoon (which you do not). While this is certainly a clever gimmick for those who can still drop a grand on dessert, why not whip up your own (semi) opulent Mint Ice Cream Waffle Sundae:

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