The 3 Most Expensive Restaurants
February 25th, 2011
You might be surprised to hear that you’ll find more Michelin starred restaurants in Tokyo, than in Paris. But more importantly, Tokyo is actually the home of Aragawa, which is officially the most expensive restaurant in the world.
Cost: £217 per person
Situated in the Shinbashi district of Tokyo, Aragawa only serves one thing . . . steak. No Sushi in sight but Aragawa is certainly a steakhouse with a difference.
The average meal costs £242 per person, so don’t expect the usual thick cut chips on your plate. But that price doesn’t include drinks or service and you can be sure that you’re not going to be paying £2.50 for a drink, so expect a wallet busting bill.
Locating the most expensive restaurant in the world at the end of a rather dark corridor, in the basement of an office building, may seem a little strange. But once you taste their Kobe beef . . . you won’t care where you are.
Yes, Aragawa’s steaks are all the famous Kobe beef variety. From Japanese Wagyu cows, Kobe is a marbleized meat that is unbelievably tender. That’s because Wagyu cows are hand-fed, given sake to drink and massaged every day to produce the most tender, juicy beef in the world.
Sounds more like a health spa, than a farm!
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee – Paris
Cost: £217 per person
Serving only the very finest French dishes and incredible desserts, you’ll find the French chef Alain Ducasse’ restaurant in Paris’ Plaza Athenee hotel.
Each customer can customize their own dish choosing from “rare and precious ingredients” including truffles, caviar, lobster, crayfish, creamy pasta with truffles, giblets of lamb, duck liver sauce, tea-glazed pigeon or line-caught sea bass with green asparagus.
The wine list is superb and their desserts are reputed to be the finest in all of Paris.
If you are looking to spend a small fortune on authentic French cuisine in an upscale environment, you simply have to visit Plaza Athenee.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – London
Cost: £120 per person
We all know Gordon Ramsay from his explosive TV appearances. But you’re not likely to see him cooking in his three Michelin-starred London restaurant situated in Claridge’s.
If you can book your place at one of the 13 tables, you’re extremely lucky, as it’s obviously full every evening, well in advance. But let’s face it, if it had 10 times the space it would more than likely still be booked solid.
Cornish Lamb and pigeon with foie gras are the mainstay features of the menu, along with the seven-course “Menu Prestige” consisting of pressed foie gras with Madeira jelly; lobster and langoustine ravioli and strawberry, champagne and elderflower soup.
So there you have it. If you plan on treating your better half, or even yourself, you know exactly where to book a table.