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Japanese Hotel’s $900 Wagyu Steak-Topped Burger Pays Tribute To Country’s New ‘Reiwa’ Era

It’s literally the end of an era in Japan right now. When Emperor Akihito abdicates his throne at the end of April, a new Emperor, Naruhito, will take his place. This will end Japan’s Heisei Era and mark the start of a new one, the Reiwa Era.

As a result, the entire country is abuzz with celebrations that both celebrate and commemorate the Heisei period while building up hype for a brand new start come May 1st. One of the more grandiose food celebrations comes courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, whose Golden Giant Burger at the Oak House Steakhouse heralds in the new era.

Photo courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Weighing a solid 3 kilograms (over 6 pounds), the beefy burger comes with standard accoutrements like aioli, tomato, lettuce, and cheddar. Then come the unconventional ones, like sliced Kuroge Wagyu beef steak, foie gras, a generous helping of truffles shaved tableside, and a gold-dusted bun.

The burger comes with salad and fried potato wedges, alongside a magnum of champagne, red wine, or white wine. In total, the entire meal costs about 100,000 yen ($900 US) and can feed 6-8 people.

Photo courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo

In a way, this burger is an absolutely fitting manner in which to celebrate the new Emperor’s coronation. That event marks the beginning of the Reiwa Era, and “Reiwa” in Japanese translates to “Beautiful Harmony.” The imagery of the gold-dusted bun as well as the exquisite flavors paired with the burger can definitely evoke those emotions. Its size and fancier ingredients also call to the regality of an occasion like the start of a new period in Japanese history.

To celebrate this transitional period, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Oak Door Steakhouse will have this burger on the menu until June 30th. Reservations for it are required 3 days in advance.

[h/t SoraNews24]

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Popeyes Is Selling 24 Karat Gold Champagne Wings For TODAY Only

Golden foods have become one of the hot food fads of 2018, and Popeyes is keeping the bougie movement going. They’ve developed a celebratory wing topped with 24-karat gold that’s being given away for one day only.

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To celebrate the opening of their 3000th location, Popeyes is serving up 24 Karat Champagne Wings for TODAY only. The item consists of boneless wings dipped in a champagne batter and deep fried before being tossed in edible 24-karat gold flakes. If you want them, it’ll have to be as part of the $5 Boneless Wing Bash, which pairs six of the boneless wings with a choice of side and a biscuit.

Only four locations across the United States will be selling these exclusive champagne-battered gold wings. Those restaurants are as follows:

868 C E Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

75 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

621 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1005 North Magnolia Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92801

Today may not be the only day these wings ever make an appearance, though. A Popeyes representative told Foodbeast that they’ll be looking at consumer response to the exclusive item this time around. “Nothing is confirmed, but certainly with more celebrations to be had in the future there’s a possibility they could come back,” the rep said.


UPDATE:

We’ve since gone and tried the new 24 Karat Champagne Wings at one of the locations for ourselves. This is what they look like:

Photo: Peter Pham // Foodbeast

There’s an extra hit of cayenne on these wings to balance out the sweetness of the champagne, which actually does come through in the batter. They’re definitely worth checking out if you’re nearby one of the locations today.