The Costliest Omelet Has Caviar On Top!
It seems that the chefs all over America and the UK are competing with each other to invent the most costliest dish of all. First there was the “Meatiest Sandwich” by Chef Tristan Welch, then the world’s most expensive burger, invented by “Serendipity 3” restaurant of New York. And now it is the turn of the world’s costliest omelet to claim centrestage!
This omelet even has a name for itself – “Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata.” It is currently being served on the menu at Norma’s restaurant, located at the Le Parker Meridien Hotel in Manhattan. It costs $1,000 while an average omelet, served at your average diner, should not cost you more than $10. So, what is it that makes this “Frittata” so vehemently expensive?
It is the 10 ounces of American Sturgeon caviar, piled atop the omelet, which comes at $65 per ounce. With just the caviar worth $650, the omelet is also stuffed with a whole lobster (OMG!!!), six eggs, cream, and chives, which total for $350. It was Chef Emile Castillo, the executive chef at Norma’s Restaurant, who thought of this cheeky option and decided to hop on some caviar onto the frittata. And that is not all. This omelet also comes with a challenge, “Norma dares you to expense this.” Don’t fall for it, it is a bait!
So, that is how you are set back by $1,000 for “just an omelet.” Speaking about this ridiculously expensive omelet, Marisa Zafran, Meridien’s public relations director, said, “We actually don’t make much money on it, we sell it at about cost.” Never heard something that outrageous, really! But wait till you read about what the hotel has planned for those customers who want a taste of this omelet but not at such a high cost.
The hotel is selling a watered down version, which costs $100. Despite that, the hotel is still selling about 12 of these $1,000-omelets a year and about 10 of the $100-version each month.
"To know that the omelet started out as a joke among the hotel staff, seems like salt on the wound." Zafran adds, “We knew it was going to be a very expensive dish, so we decided to have some fun with it. It tastes incredible, though. It’s not just a gimmick.” Yeah, sure!
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