Friday, November 30, 2007

TOW 10 most expensive desserts in the world

This is interesting.. A friend sent me this email and it's quite fun.. I don;t know how true these are.. but it surely fun to share with all on the 10 most expensive desserts in the world.
Number 10. What: Warm Golden Plum Soufflé
Where: The Waterside Inn; Bray, England
Price: US$48
** Small, yellow mirabelles, grown mainly in Alsace and considered a delicacy, are used in this 35-year-old signature recipe by the Michelin three-star chef and owner Michel Roux and his son Alain. “It’s served á la minute so the baking is crucial,” said the younger Roux. “If it’s even one minute off, the taste and texture are altered.”

Number 9.What: Valrhona Chocolate Sphere
Where: Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab Hotel;, Dubai
Price: US$48
** Warm chocolate sauce is poured over a very thin chocolate shell, causing the sphere to implode, which reveals luscious raspberries and layers of chocolate inside.

Number 8. What: King-size Imperial Torte
Where: Hotel Imperial; Vienna
Price: US$57
** Legend has it that this chocolate-glazed cake was first created in honor of Emperor Franz Josef I to coincide with the hotel’s opening in 1873. Comprised of almond, marzipan and cocoa crème under a milk-chocolate glaze, this handmade cake (which comes in a sugar-free version, too) is presented in a fanciful wooden box and shipped to Ottoman lovers all over the world.

Number 7. What: “Entre”
Where: Pierre Hermé Patisserie; Paris
Price: US$176 each
** In an exercise of haute patisserie, world-renowned pastry chef Pierre Hermé challenges traditional pastry-making codes in order to “push the search for good tastes to the limit.”,; he said. Take Révélation, a puff pastry with tomato, mascarpone cream, olive oil, bits of black olives and a tomato-strawberry compote. Or Infini, which introduces a 20-ingredient gastronomic interpretation of ambergris, a scent traditionally used in perfume. A new series of four “emotions to share,” each dessert (which feeds six to eight people) is available on a made-to-order basis, and only from Monsieur Herme’s two patisseries in Paris.

Number 6. What: The Madeleine Truffle
Where: Knipschildt Chocolatier; Norwalk, Conn.
Price: US$250 per truffle, or US$6,000 per pound
** Classic ganache—comprised of 70 percent Valrhona chocolate mixed with fresh cream and infused for 24 hours with vanilla pods and pure truffle oil—is shaped around a Perigord truffle, then dipped in Valrhona and rolled in cocoa powder. “The ganache must be whipped repeatedly to make it as soft and silky as possible, then it must be chilled so it’s easier to work with,” said a company spokesperson. The product of a long and painstaking process, these truffles are not available over the counter, but made to order and presented in a silver box with a personal note from chocolate maker Fritz Knipschildt.

Number 5. What: The Dome’s Truffle Ice
Where: Mezzaluna; Bangkok
Price: US$200
** In February, The Lebua Hotel at State Tower hosted the most expensive commercial dinner ever organized, at which 40 guests paid 1 million baht—or $30,000—each for a 10-course meal prepared by six Michelin-starred chefs from around the world. Mezzaluna carries on the pricey tradition with the Dome’s Truffle Ice: Perigord truffle ice cream layered with gelée and Manjaree chocolate and suffused in gold leaves, berry compote and a rare cognac—Moyet Tres Vieille Grande Champagne No. 7 (of which there are only 1,300 bottles in existence). The restaurant sells up to 10 every week.

Number 4. What: The Sultan’s Golden Cake
Where: Ciragan Palace Kempinski; Istanbul
Price: US$1,000
** It takes 72 hours to make this edible brick of gold, available by special request for, say, weddings, parties or a Sultan’s snack. Spiked with apricots, pears, quince and figs that have been marinating in Jamaican rum for two years, and flavored with shaved caramelized black truffles, this 24-carat gold leaf-covered cake is presented in a sterling silver handcrafted cake box with a golden seal.

Number 3. What: Golden Opulence Sundae
Where: Serendipity 3; New York City
Price: US$1,000
** This dessert is the holder of the Guinness World Record for the most expensive sundae. Scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with smoky Madagascar vanilla are coated in 23-carat edible gold leaf, which “leaves a ring of gold dust around people’s mouths,” said Serendipity spokesman Joe Calderone. Suffused with bittersweet chocolate and rare chocolate chunks, gold-plated dragets and truffles, the sundae is eaten with an 18k gold spoon and a mother-of-pearl spoon is reserved for the mini-bowl of sweetened, de-salted caviar on top. The utensils stay at the restaurant, but the Baccarat crystal goblet is yours for the taking.

Number 2. What: Brownie Extraordinaire with Saint Louis
Where: Brûlée: The Dessert Experience; Atlantic City, New Jersey
Price: US$1,000
** The priciest selection off the restaurant’s three-part Crystal Menu (each of which begins with an amuse sucrée, followed by the featured dessert and ending with petit fours), the Brownie Extraordinaire comes with a Saint Louis crystal atomizer, a $750 keepsake filled with a shot of rare 1996 Quinta do Noval Nacional port wine to be sprayed into the mouth between each bite of hazelnut-coated brownie.


Number 1. What: The Fortress Aquamarine
Where: Wine3 at The Fortress; Galle, Sri Lanka
Price: US$14,500x
** This dessert, which debuted in March, was inspired by the success of the restaurant’s other gem-studded treat, the Bombay Sapphire Martini. The star of the show is an 80-carat aquamarine gem that rests on a sliver of chocolate shaped to resemble the traditional stilt fisherman that’s part of the resort’s logo. Handmade glass utensils (not included in the price) complete the presentation. And yes, diners can pocket the gemstone after polishing off the dessert. None have yet been sold.


s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

wan said...

i could only afford ferrero rocher.. :)

Anonymous said...

It has been heard thru the grapevine that Pacific Regency Hotel Suites in cooperation with Habib Jewelries are about to present Malaysia’s most expensive Dessert.

This dessert, which is due to début in late August, was inspired by the success of the Hotel’s other gem-studded treat, the Sugar Diamond Strawberries. The star of the show is a hefty, 100+ carat gem arrangement that symbolizes Malaysia’s rich cultural and natural diversity.

The gemstone is yours, after polishing off the dessert.

At 125.000 ringgit you can of course expect only the best and finest ingredients, Alba truffle & white chocolate mousse, Fuji Apple gelée, champagne foam, finest Belgian chocolate suffused in edible gold & silver leaves, berry compote and a rare cognac perfume just to name a few. The price includes a bottle of Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne to flush your palate.

In the following months Pacific Regency has planned to release two other desserts that feature equally fantastic culinary delights but at a more down to Earth price. To celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan the second dessert will be released by end of September and will feature Malaysian dessert specialties.

For more details call Pacific Regency @ + 603 2332 7777

Anonymous said...

I think you have to go to their website
to get more information.