Real ‘food lovers’ know how frustrating it is to visit the best restaurants around the world and not have the opportunity to experience their best dishes. That’s why Umulti-course tasting menus were created – to give foodies the chance to taste as many options from the menu as possible.
Unfortunately, it’s not for everyone. These carefully crafted and elaborate meals can sometimes cost as much as $1,000 per person.
Here we present a Top 10 with most expensive tasting menus in the world.
01. Sublimotion, Ibiza, Spain
$3,266 for two; 13 courses
Sublimotion, located at Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza, is run by Chef Paco Roncero and offers an extensive three-hour-long tasting menu for 12 people. The experience includes everything from DIY cocktails, 360-degree projections, neon dining tables and dishes that incorporate experimental and creative techniques. More than just a dinner, it’s a life experience.
2. Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China
$1,742 for two (served from Thursday to Saturday); 20 courses
Ultraviolet is an experimental restaurant by Chef Paul Pairet, where a four-hour meal is served with accompanying sounds and visuals. The tasting menu is all about intensifying your senses with different sights, sounds, tastes and smells.
3.Masa, New York, New York
$1,190 for two people; 20-25 courses
Masa Takayama is the famous sushi chef behind this restaurant and he offers some of the highest quality Japanese food in America. Sitting at the bar and watching Masa himself create the dishes is part of the complete experience.
04. Kitcho Arashiyama Honten, Kyoto, Japan
$978 for two people; 12 courses
Kitcho is run by Chef Kunio Tokuaka, who offers every dish as a work of art. Plates are served in precious antique tableware with local and seasonal ingredients, and the restaurant also offers beautiful views of the nearby river and hills.
Inside the restaurant, there are some private tatami rooms with separate gardens for a more intimate experience.
05. Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, Nevada
$890 for two people; 17 courses
Everything is special at Joël Robuchon, even the butter. Each dish prepared by chef Robuchon is rich of flavors, with every ingredient contrasted expertly. Osetra caviar served with smooth cauliflower cream and gelée of green asparagus, is one of the favorites.
06. Guy Savoy, Paris, France
$860 for two people; 11 courses
Guy Savoy runs his restaurant with precision and offers a service worthy of one of the most expensive tasting menus in the world. His 11-course “Colors, Textures and Flavors” menu includes an artichoke black truffle soup and barbecued pigeon.
07. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, Paris, France
$848 for two people; five courses
One of France’s finest restaurants, Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée serves food made with simple but unforgettable ingredients. Due to its location, the Plaza Athénée Hotel, it’s one of the most elegant environments for that remarkable dinner.
08. L’Arpège, Paris, France
$848 for two; 12 courses
Alain Passard’s L’Arpège centers most of its courses around vegetables from the chef’s garden. His entrées all hold a three- Michelin-star rating, but their signature dish is the Ouef à la Coque – a slightly cooked egg yolk with crème fraiche, maple syrup, vinegar and spices. It’s not unusual to see diners who travel to Paris just for this great creation.
09.Restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse, Paris, France
$828 for two; five courses
Run by Chef Alain Ducasse and Executive Chef Christophe Saintagne, Restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse serves up great French cuisine. Set within luxurious decoration that resembles the royal apartments of Versailles, the restaurant offers diners a collection menu that currently includes staples such as lobster, vegetables cooked in salt crust and chicken cooked in wild garlic with morel mushrooms.
10. Saison, San Francisco, California
$796 for two; 8-10 courses (wine pairing additional $298 per person)
Saison offers an exuberant and inventive tasting menu. The dishes change every night, based on the local ingredients and what’s available from their own garden.