8 most expensive dishes in Dubai

A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the wallet. 

Meryl D'Souza May 24, 2016

In case you haven’t heard already, Firebird Diner, located in the Four Seasons Hotel DIFC, is in the midst of its Burger Domination Week, lasting until May 28. 

For the occasion, they’ve added a whole host of burgers to their menu like the 'All American Slider', 'Down South Dirty Bird', 'The Big Tex' and 'Arabian Burger'.

But standing tall, literally, above all of them is the Burger Khalifa – a AED 500 burger that includes a double beef patty with lobster tails, eggs, black truffle and is topped off with a classic American Slider.

Now we understand that not a lot of people would want to shell out half-a-thousand dirhams on a burger that you probably won’t finish in one sitting, but if you’re one of the few who couldn’t care less about the price tag, then the following should pique your interest. (As should the 10 most expensive foods in the world.) 

Here are the most expensive dining experiences Dubai has to offer. 

The Royal Pizza
Costs: Approximately AED 777,000

Made with 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, the Royal Pizza was originally created by Pierchic for the Dubai Royal Family, but is now part of the menu.

The 27.321
Costs: AED 27,321

The 27,321 is a cocktail that’s served at the Skyview bar of the Burj Al Arab Hotel. The cocktail consists of a 55 year-old Macallan whisky, exclusively produced dried fruit bitters and homemade passion fruit sugar, served over ice cubes made of water from the Macallan distillery in Scotland, along with an oak stirrer made from a Macallan Cask. The cocktail is presented in a Baccarat 18-karat gold glass, which the buyer gets to take home. 

The Golden Phoenix cupcake
Costs: AED 3,676

Created from a recipe that includes Italian chocolate, 23-carat edible gold sheets, organic strawberries and lots of edible gold dusting, this cupcake must be ordered 48 hours in advance at Bloomsbury's in Dubai Mall.

Spider King Crab
Costs: At AED 95 per 100 gms, about AED 3,000

Coming straight from Norway, the Spider King Crab, prepared at Peppercrab Grand Hyatt, is cooked with chilli or black pepper sauce or as per the diner’s request.

The Black Diamond
Costs: AED 2,999

Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, gourmet ice cream shop, Scoopi Café, offers a sundae that's made with vanilla bean ice cream from Madagascar, saffron from Iran, rare black truffles from Italy and 23-carat edible gold. But you’re paying for more that just the ice cream. The Black Diamond is served in a Versace bowl with a Versace spoon, which you get to keep. Which probably makes it worth it.

Royal Beluga
Costs: AED 4,700 for 50gms

Royal beluga contains larger pearls and is of better value than any other form of caviar from the Caspian Sea. The royal beluga from Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm, is served with blinis, crème fraiche, capers, shallots, egg white, egg yolk and cornichon.

Peking Duck with Royal Beluga Caviar
Costs: AED 1,900

You know what’s better than simply having caviar (royal or otherwise)? Pairing it with a form of meat. Hakkasan serves a decadent whole duck with cucumber, spring onion and 30gms royal beluga caviar.  

Wagyu Beef
Costs: AED 800 per 150 gms

Since Kobe, Japan’s hand-massaged, sake-fed cows, isn’t available in the UAE because Japanese suppliers don’t make allowances for halal, Nobu at Atlantis The Palm has been using fine-grade Australian beef from the renowned Blackmore farm. The beef is served with teriyaki anticucho, wasabi salsa, toban yaki or flambé, ishiyaki.