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What does a $214 grilled cheese taste like?

The restaurant behind the world’s most expensive burger and most expensive sundae is back it with the ultimate comfort food for cold winter nights.

The Quintessential Grilled Cheese was created by the extravagant chefs at New York’s Serendipity 3 for National Sandwich Day and goes for a whopping $214—that’s about $13 a bite. It was recently named World's Most Expensive Sandwich by the Guinness Book of World Records.

If you’re looking for classic standby with American cheese, you’d be better off making something at home.

This ultimate luxury sandwich starts off with French Pullman bread—infused with Dom Perignon champagne and 24 karat gold flakes. The bread is then buttered with a white truffle spread. Inside,  you’ve got layers of Caciocavallo Podolico Cheese, a rare Italian made from the milk of free-ranging cows fed a highly aromatic diet of fennel grasses and wild strawberries . After it’s been grilled to ooey-gooey perfection, the edges of the sandwich are dipped in gold leaf—which is actually edible in its purest form.

Instead of plain old tomato soup, the chefs at Serendipity serve up this grilled cheese with South African Lobster, swirled with more truffle oil.

We tried this extravagant sandwich and had to agree that it’s pretty delicious. The cheese is slightly tangier than traditional cheddar, similar to Provolone or Pecorino. The aromatic truffles definitely add something special.

Unfortunately, gold doesn’t taste as pretty as it looks—it doesn’t really taste like anything—but it’s a decadent dish for the holidays or big celebration.