From glass-enclosed underwater establishments serving reef fish caviar to $600-a-head Japanese tasting menus, these are the most expensive restaurants in the world. Your tastebuds—and your check book—won't ever forget it.
1. SubliMotion, Ibiza, Spain
Prepare to pick your jaw up off the floor: The 12-seat restaurant at the newest Hard Rock Hotel property, opening May 18, will charge a whopping $2,078 (€1,506) a head for its 20-course dinner. Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero hasn't revealed his menu yet, but we hear that the ultra-sensory experience will marry food, art, and technology. Our curiosity is piqued, but it's tough not to question whether or not the reality will live up to the four-digit price tag.
2. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London
Currently led by executive chef Jocelyn Herland, the contemporary French restaurant commands a sizeable fee thanks to its founders and Michelin three-star rating. A seven-course seasonal tasting menu, which currently includes seared duck foie gras paired with fresh herb pasta and morels, runs about $301 (£180) per person for dinner—and that’s on the low end, sans wine pairings.
3. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Situated more than 16 feet below sea level in the Indian Ocean, this glass-enclosed spot cost about $5 million USD to construct. Patrons can scope 180-degree views of coral reefs and a wide variety of fish, as well as manta rays, sharks, and other aquatic inhabitants.
4. Restaurant Le Meurice, Paris
Another of Alain Ducasse’s properties, this Versailles-inspired dining room oozes opulence, from the antique mirrors and crystal chandeliers to the five-course Collection menu. For $524 (€380), you’ll taste three specialties (perhaps the truffled guinea fowl pie or veal sweetbreads with salsify), plus a selection of cheeses and desserts.
5. Maison Pic, Drôme, France
Chef Anne-Sophie Pic holds the distinction of being one of six female chefs in the world to run a Michelin three-star kitchen, and her inventive nine-course $442 (€320) Menu Essential proves why. One bite in the culinary journey might encompass savory bon-bons filled with lightly smoked, spice-infused watercress consommé, while the next might feature young Drome goat marinated in aromatic herbs and Chartreuse.
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