Million-rand meal will impress your valentine, depress your wallet

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The world’s most expensive Valentine’s Day menu was unveiled in the UK yesterday, with the extravagant dinner costing a stomach-churning £61 000 (approximately R1.1 million).

Michelin starred chef Adam Simmonds came up with the eight-course menu for a “no expense-spared” romantic.

It comes with almus white caviar worth £3 000, Natives South Sea oysters including pearls at a cost of £6 000, £2 000 worth of gold leaf and truffles costing £1 000.

It also, controversially, features bluefin tuna, which wildlife activists claim are as close to extinction as the panda or white rhino.

A number of the ingredients, including watermelon, are supposed to share similarities with Viagra. And these aphrodisiacs may come in handy when it comes to the extensive drinks menu.

To wash it all down, there is a £17 000 bottle of La Romanee-Conti wine and a magnum of 1976 Salon Blanc de Blancs worth £3 000. The wine bill alone costs £30 700.

The Valentine’s Day dinner was unveiled by the luxury website VeryFirstTo.com, which teamed up with Simmonds and GreatBritishChefs.com.

Foie gras, smoked eel, risotto with carabineros prawns, saffron and silver leaf feature too. Dessert is vanilla and smoked chocolate with kopi luwak ice cream.

VeryFirstTo founder Marcel Knobil noted: “The menu awakes all the senses and the luxury element further intensifies the pleasure of this meal.” – Daily Mail


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