Many have heard the story of an Ohio man and his friends accidentally buying a $3,750 bottle of wine at an upscale restaurant in Atlantic City a few weeks back. Seems the host told the sommelier he didn’t know much about wine and asked for a recommendation. She kindly pointed out a nice selection and told him it was, “Thirty-seven fifty.” Like most people, he assumed she meant $37.50 since most wines on the list were between $25 and $150. He feels bilked, the restaurant offered a reduced price of around $2,000…and they’re still haggling.
Las Vegas is not only upfront about their extravagant, expensive offerings at hotels and restaurants; they flaunt their posh and pricey selections. If you don’t contribute to their coffers on the casino floors, you can spend a bundle on exotic foods at hot spots around town to add memorable moments to your stay. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas…but that doesn’t apply to your money.
The Season of White Truffles- $160 and $190 an ounce
It’s a short season that occurs in late fall and one of the most highly anticipated in the culinary world. Four Las Vegas restaurants celebrate it this year with distinctly different dishes, all celebrating one of the most expensive foods in the world. Top of the line white truffles currently retail for between $160 and $190 an ounce.
Five50 Pizza Bar at ARIA is serving up a $75 White Truffle Pizza. The toppings include caramelized onions, artichokes and arugula tossed in truffle vinaigrette but the crowning glory are the ostentatious mounds of aromatic white truffles diners get to see gracefully shaven on top of the pizza table side. If pizza isn’t your preference, check out Bellagio’s Le Cirque where you can get Alba White Truffles alongside fresh tagliatelle, potato gnocchi or creamy risotto. Double your indulgence at MGM Grand’s Joel Robuchon where rich white truffle broth envelops Foie Gras and Veal Ravioli, has accents of crispy matsutake and velouté of porcini, and is completed with a luscious jasmine rice cream. If you want to take a simpler, little less lavish route, partake in the White Truffle Spaghetti at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand, a winning pasta dish dressed up with a soft boiled egg and parmesan emulsion. Prices vary depending on truffle availability but be prepared to pay big bucks.
That ’70s Show-Off – $474
The ’70s are remembered for a myriad of things, mostly good, and the Royal ’70s Flight served at the highly revered steakhouse Cut in the Palazzo celebrates the best years of the decade. Whisky is a natural partner for a perfect steak and the $474 cocktail combines three 1-ounce servings of three top whiskies of the 70s to achieve perfection: The Macallan 1976, Jura 1976 and Dalmore 1974.
Paying for Purity- $700
While most of Vegas’ super expensive drinks contain a myriad of exotic ingredients and are topped with precious metals, The Macallan 1950 single malt Scotch whisky served at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant at MGM Grand has no accoutrements to detract from its exquisite flavor. The $700 1-ounce drink is poured into a crystal whisky glass with a logo compressed ice sphere on the side in front of you into to ensure authenticity and the event is typically caught on film for posterity. If you fancy yourself a bargain hunter, you can opt for 2 ounces of the fine whisky for $1,330.
Icing on the Cupcake- $750
The cupcake fad seems to (finally) be fading but not at Sweet Surrender in the Palazzo in Vegas. Aptly named the Decadence D’Or cupcake, the $750 confection is the ideal icon for the city’s reputation of overindulgence. This sweet treat is made with chocolate made from Venezuela’s rare Porcelana Criollo bean, and topped with Tahitian Gold Vanilla Caviar and edible gold flakes. It’s served with Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac and comes in a hand blown sugar Fleur-de-Lis. You have to special order the cupcake 48 hours ahead of time and a hefty deposit is likely part of the deal so you can’t sober up and try to back out of the deal.
Lobster-Beef Burger– $777
If you’re too sane to spend $5000 on a Fleur Burger, for $777 you can savor a Kobe Beef and Maine Lobster Burger at the Burger Brasserie in the Paris Hotel & Casino. Combining America’s two favorite expensive proteins, the self-indulgent patty is topped with
caramelized onions, imported Brie, crispy prosciutto and 100-year aged balsamic vinegar. For no extra cost, you can wash it down with a bottle of Rose Dom Perignon Champagne.
Not Any Given Sundae- $1,000
Forking over $5 for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s won’t hurt anymore once you spend $1,000 for a sundae at Serendipity 3 in Las Vegas (also available at the New York location, where it originated). Taking indulgent decadence to a new level, the concoction includes Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, Amedei Porcelana chocolate syrup, candied fruits, gold-covered almonds, chocolate truffles and marzipan cherries. The garish topping includes edible 23-carat gold leaf, gold flakes and floral decorations made of sugar paste. But you can’t order this dessert on a whim. Since the ingredients have to be gathered from all over the world, the chef needs 48 hours notice.
Pretty and Pink Goes Posh- $2,500
Fizz Deluxe, served exclusively at Fizz Las Vegas at Caesars Palace, will set you back $2,500, so it’s the perfect cocktail for once in a lifetime celebrations like 21st birthdays or 50th wedding anniversaries. Inspired by the classic French 75 cocktail, Fizz Deluxe is a mixture of Grand Marnier Quintessence, Hennessy Richard Cognac, fresh lemon juice, Monin Rose syrup and egg whites for texture, and elegantly topped off with Dom Pérignon Rosé Champagne. Before it’s placed before you, a rose petal lightly dusted with 24-karat gold flakes is floated on top.
Ménage à Trois – $3,000
No need to break vows or hearts to experience a menage a trois in Sin City…but it will cost you 3 grand. The unique combo cocktail served at Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas is rumored to take your breath away and rock your world. Cristal Rose Champagne, Hennessey Ellipse Cognac and 150-year-old Grand Marnier liqueur are gently combined and garnished with 23-karat gold flakes and liquid gold syrup. The piece de resistance: the Tryst logo straw, which has a real diamond set into the “Y”, a precious memento to treasure forever.
Bodacious Burger – $5,000
If you hit a big jackpot at your favorite Vegas casino, treat your friends to burgers at Fleur in Mandalay Bay. For $5,000 each, they’ll get a succulent Kobe beef burger – cooked to order, of course – topped with perfectly seared foie gras and freshly shaved truffles, served on a brioche bun infused with truffles. But there’s more: each Fleur Burger comes with a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus. What a deal.
Anniversary Drink- $5,000
Most people share a bottle of Champagne to celebrate an anniversary but XS Nightclub at Encore was so excited about their 5-year anniversary, they invented a special drink for the occasion. The cocktail is made with Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year, Martini Gran Lusso 150th Anniversary Vermouth, Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 and D.O.M. Benedictine “Black Monk” 500th Anniversary Edition, along with Peychaud’s Bitters, Angostura Bitters and flamed orange oils. It’ll set you back a cool $5K…but, hey, it’s served on a gold tray. The special ends at the end of 2014, so don’t delay.
Breaking the Bank Imbibement- $10,000
A winning streak so hot you’re untouchable happens about once in 2 million lifetimes but if you’re one of the chosen, head for the XS Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas to celebrate your good fortune with a $10,000 Ono. The special cocktail is fairly simple: a mixture of Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie 1981 and Louis XIII de Remy Martin Black Pearl cognac. As you quaff the $10K drink, you can admire the pair of men’s silver cufflinks and a woman’s 18K white-gold chain with a black pearl pendant that are included in the price.