5 Of The Most Expensive Foods In Dubai You’ve Never Seen

It’s pretty difficult nowadays to talk about anything wealth-related without somebody throwing Dubai’s hat into the ring. If general affluence is being discussed, Dubai will most assuredly end up as a point of conversation.

Still, that’s no excuse to be caught with your metaphorical peasant pants around your ankles. In order to keep you up to date with the affairs of the affluent, I’ve composed a list of the most expensive foods Dubai has to offer.

Instead of finding the five most overall expensive dishes, and with the help of the minds over at The Richest, I decided to focus on specific categories (most expensive pizza, sandwich, etc), since most of them are recognizable worldwide and aren’t region-specific.

Without further ado, here are DME (Dubai’s Most Expensive) Items:

1. DME Sandwich – $84

Surprisingly, the most expensive sandwich in Dubai has very few ingredients in it. It’s the quality of the ingredients themselves that make it insanely expensive. The sandwich’s insides consist of a little bit of salt, some butter, some thinly sliced black Perigord truffles and two slices of bread. That’s it.

A minimum wage employee in California would have to work about nine hours to afford this sandwich. Let that settle in your mind for a second.

2. DME Pizza – $204,200

Before this pizza was made, the previous defending world champion for most expensive pizza was a creation by Gordon Ramsey that he served in his restaurant, The Maze. His pizza sold for a little over $2,000, making it cost less than 1% of the current titleholder.

“Royal Pizza,” the name of the pizza created in the uber-elegant Dubai restaurant Pierchic, was originally intended as a one time pizza for, you guessed it, Dubai’s royal family. The ingredients include: white Italian truffles, black Perigord truffles, French foie gras, Mongra saffron from Kashmir, Beluga caviar soaked in Dom Perignon, Japanese matsutake mushrooms and two full ounces of gold leaves.

3. DME Cupcake – $1,007

Bloomsbury, a small boutique cafe in the Dubai Mall, celebrated it’s one year anniversary in 2012 by creating this Herculean cupcake. The gold-adorned cupcake, aptly named the “Golden Phoenix,” is made using 23-carat gold sheets, Ugandan vanilla beans, Italian chocolate, and gold-dipped strawberries.

Considering how demanding it is to make and the quality of the ingredients, it comes as no surprise that the noble bakery requires a 48-hour notice in order to build this cupcake of the Gods.

4. DME Ice Cream – $817

This ice cream sundae, called The Black Diamond, is just another opulent win on Dubai’s scoreboard. For $817, you get one scoop of Madagascan vanilla ice cream infused with a rare and expensive Iranian saffron and black Italian truffles.

Of course, this IS Dubai we’re talking about, so naturally the scoop comes with 23-carat gold sheet flakes sprouting from every which way in the scoop. On top of that, an ice cream scoop so decadent and gaudy could only be served in an equally fancy bowl, which is why the Black Diamond Sundae is served in a Versace bowl and spoon, both of which the customer is allowed to keep.

5. DME Cocktail – $7,438

At this point you must be thinking, “Yeah, yeah, just tell us how much edible gold is in this thing and move on.” Surprisingly, there’s none. Well, none inside the drink. The cocktail is made with Macallan 55 year old single malt, self-prepared bitters, homemade passion fruit sugar, then topped off with ice cubes made of water from the Macallan distillery in Scotland. The drink even comes with a stirrer made from one of the oak casks.

Served at the Skyview Bar of the Burj Al Arab hotel, the cocktail known as the “27.321” (due to the drink being served on the 27th floor and the building itself being 321 meters tall) comes served in an 18-carat gold glass that officially belongs to the customer once purchased.



Photo Credit: The Richest, Jean Wells Art, The National, World News Daily Report


Dubai Pizzeria Launches a Fridge Magnet For One Tap Pizza Ordering

Major pizza brands have been putting in some serious effort to couple technology, Internet, and the pizza-making process to make pizza appear at your doorstep with the utmost of ease. Dominos pizza has “Pizza Hero” app that makes ordering “fun,” but #firstworldproblems immediately come into play because it takes more than one button push/swipe to get your pizza from initial hunger craving to delivery.

Leave it to a pizzeria in Dubai to unveil a refrigerator magnet that actually orders a pizza with a single button push. It’s called the VIP Fridge Magnet, a pizza box-shaped magnet that is connected to Red Tomato Pizza in Dubai. Utilizing your previous pizza ordering preferences and presets, the magnet uses a Bluetooth connection to put an order in for your pizza through the Internet, sends a confirmation text and delivers your pizza shortly after the initial button press.

Your pizza selection can be updated online at any time. Is this the future of pizza ordering, or a bit too simple for your taste? For you pizza eaters outside of Dubai, would you like to see this technology adapted to your country of residence?

Here’s a promo video for the new product:


Burger King: New Pizza Burger (Dubai)

Much different than the New York Pizza Burger at the specialty Burger King Whopper Bar, this is actually a pizza-shaped and accented Whopper that has been spotted at a Burger King drive-thru in the land-of-excess, Dubai! This triangular shaped sandwich has little available public info, but upon particular scrutiny you can notice a normal shaped patty and some layers of pepperoni, lettuce, cheese and a special dressing. Thanks to our eye-in-the-Middle-Eastern-sky Matt Maine for this discovery, if any more information reveals itself we’ll be sure to bring it to light!

UPDATE #1: This thing costs just above $10.00 apparently. In case you wanted to save up money for a plane ticket, and exactly one sandwich from a Dubai branch of Burger King.

Hit-Or-Miss Sweets

Freedom Gummy Bears

Sent via Pix Message this morning from my dear friend Matt Maine out in Dubai, we’re looking at some very interesting gummy bears out of a candy shop in the Dubai Mall called Candylicious. Over there, apparently, if the gummy bears are red, white and blue…they are called Freedom Bears. Good to know. Thanks country-that’s-not-America.


Dubai Bans Cooking With Alcohol

March 22nd marked the day were Dubai chefs throughout the municipality had to cease the use of alcohol in their dishes throughout all food establishments in Dubai. Ahmed al Ali, the head of food inspections, allowed his reasoning to be quoted, “There have been a lot of violations, with hotels often hiding content of alcohol in food from customers….This is a Muslim society and visitors to our hotels and our guests. It is important to ensure they are informed about everything.” Many chefs have already voiced their concern about the quality of their dishes being compromised without the use of particular alcohols in their tried and tested cooking moethods. This decision remains extremely interesting, especially considering the dependence upon tourism within the state, and the reasoning behind the ban seems to allude to a lack of “information” regarding certain food/drink contents. Does this qualify the necessity of a ban? Could the situation be remedied with a more stringent awareness/informational program about what menu items include alcohol, and which do not? Let us know.