We already gave you a glimpse of how amazing, bizarre, and challenging Australia’s day to day foods are. But not all of Aussie cuisine is as quirky as those. Some are ranked among the world’s finest, sought by foodies, chefs, and tourists from around the globe.
Also, they cost three months’ worth of rent and/or a lifetime of savings.
Here are seven of Australia’s world class and highly regarded fares that challenge not only your inner food critic but also your ability to explain to your bank why you maxed out your credit card in single night.
For the same amount you can get: Four bottles of imported beer
Cost of the regular variety: $2.00 (homemade)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You have fasted for six to eight hours already and your body is aching for fuel. You definitely can’t miss it. Unless of course you are stuck inside the Sydney Opera House then you will be forced to think with your wallet and doubt the scientific validity of that claim.
This is because Bennelong’s Five Cheese Truffle Toastie might be your only option, and it costs $22.00. Considered to be the most expensive of its kind, the budget-busting toast you could make at home in under five minutes for less than two bucks consists of five kinds of cheese from different parts of Australia. These are C2 cheddar, Heidi Gruyère, ricotta, mozzarella, and l'Artisan Mountain Man. That last one reportedly smells awful (or you know, like a mountain man), but they still think the price is justifiable. And they also threw in black truffles for good measure. And the best part, you can guzzle it inside the prestigious Opera House. You are actually paying for the ambiance, too.
For the same amount you can get: A pair of business leather shoes
Cost of the regular variety: $20.00 a dozen
These oysters were not called king for nothing. The Coffin King Oysters are being sold for a hundred bucks per piece due to their massive size and incredible flavor. While the regular sort only has 12 grams of meat max, the Coffin Bay variety has 100 grams of luscious seafood flesh.
Also, the factor of time comes into play, as they need to wait for six years before these shellfish can grow to Incredible Hulk proportion versus the 18 months for the common breed, making them the cognac of oysters.
Like most pricey ingredients, these oysters are targeted by high-end restaurants because of the size and quality of meat. Given with these establishments’ reputation to amplify meal prices by adding a few more exotic ingredients, you can only imagine how much the final product will cost.
For the same amount you can get: A month of electricity, heating, water, and Internet service.
Cost of the regular variety: $15.00 (Outback Steakhouse sirloin and shrimp)
Aside from ultra-modern gadgets and the love of anime, Japan is well-known for its succulent and extravagant cattle meat such as Kobe and Wagyu beef. In this tradition comes the Mishima beef. Also a breed of Wagyu, Mishima is highly sought because it is pure bred i.e. never cross-bred with western cattle unlike Kobe.
But those who delight Mishima meat need not to travel to the Land of the Rising Sun anymore, as Aussie farmer David Blackmore already brought the cattle here and raised them in what could be the only Mishima farm outside Japan.
Rockpool Bar and Grill then took it to the next level by having them dry-aged, bringing out the flavor and taste of the beef further. Such process is quite expensive as well, thus incrementing the final price to $190 for 350 grams of meat.
For the same amount you can get: A Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
Cost of the regular variety: $8.00 (regular bag)
Climate change is bringing a lot of bad things: rising sea levels, drought, and meteorological disasters, among many. But ironically, what alarmed the world the most is the impending extinction of chocolate. We don’t know if this dire forecast is Boon Chocolates’ reason to jack up their prices to stratospheric levels, but one thing is for sure, it sells.
Popular during the Valentine’s seasons, the Harana bag lets you take home some of their succulent products encased in a bag entirely made of chocolate, all for $299. The name comes from the Filipino-style of serenading sweethearts, because apparently a chocolate bag containing more chocolates inside can now be equated to undying passion and commitment.
You can’t just enter the shop and grab one, however. You need to call and pre-order two weeks prior, because these things don’t grow on trees. They take time to fashion and develop. You know, like love.
For the same amount you can get: A seven-day European tour by boat
Cost of the regular variety: $1,000 per kilo (Sturgeon Black Caviar)
Caviar is one of those foods that are pretty much relegated to the fancy, people who brew coffee beans from the far end of the world and probably drive luxury cars. So it is no mystery that its value can reach a thousand dollars or two only so you can have something black and salty on your otherwise pale blinis.
But for a price that will get you half a year of rent on downtown Sydney, it becomes ridiculous. Introducing, Gourmet Life’s Beluga Caviar, a delicate and buttery roe obtained from beluga sturgeon. But these aren’t any beluga sturgeon, they have to be at least 25 years old before they can be considered ripe enough to give ten-grand roe. As with any food, the factor of time heavily compounds the caviar prices.
It is so exquisite, you should never eat it with a metal spoon. As the metallic taste it leaves on ruins the flavor of the roe. The best utensil to use? A spoon made from mother of pearl.
For the same amount you can get: A 2013 Chevrolet Spark
Cost of the regular variety: $22.00 (Beef Pot Pie at The Glenmore)
Pies are the Swiss knives of the gastronomical world. You can just put whatever inside them and still look edible and enjoyable: meat, fish, seafood, veggies, fruits, and nuts, name it. The guys at The Lord Dudley Hotel in Paddington, Sydney thought of this (probably) and said, “Let’s make a pie with all of our priciest stuff inside. They won’t complain.”
And so they did.
Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive pie, the Posh Pie contains two cuts of wagyu beef, two whole West Australian rock lobsters, rare Winter Black truffles, two bottles of Penfolds Grange Reserve, and German gold leaf, because all expensive foods need to come with a golf leaf somewhere. The finished product has a price tag of a measly $12,000.
And if you think you can share the pie and therefore split the gargantuan bill, we’re sorry to tell you that each pie is good for one person only. Yes. Get ready to spiral down into debt.
For the same amount you can get: A Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline for you and five of your friends.
Cost of the regular variety: $14.00 (Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon)
You could expect the most expensive nourishment out there to be a lavish meal fit to feed two to four person and will fill you with satisfaction and satiety. But no, the most excessively costly food in this list is well, a bottle of liquid.
The 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon, comes only in a limited edition of 12 bottles. The red wine is made by Penfolds, one of Australia’s very few established wine makers (they make the wine for our Posh Pie up there). It is so rare, it has to come with its own cabinet, as they realized you have already blown too much money for the wine itself for you to build a decent casing. The sauvignon is sealed in an airtight hand-blown glass ampoule fashioned into a shape of a plumb bob, an ancient device used by builders to determine a vertical line. The vial is then suspended inside the timber cabinet.
All in all, four expert master artisans collaborated to create the entire casing. The wine is described to have “an ethereal dimension,” and “extraordinarily perfumed with layer upon layer of flavor.” In 2005, a U.S. wine critic gave it 100 points out of 100.
A perfectly-tasting wine encased in masterly-crafted cabinet worth a hundred grand, it definitely is the most valuable thing of its size you will ever have in your collection, until you stumble upon the Ark of the Covenant, of which will probably only slightly outprice the red wine.