Ask people about expensive seafood, and you’ll probably hear lobster and caviar as the two most common answers. Those foods are almost staples however, when compared with the truly exorbitant and luxurious dishes we’ve dredged up here. From million-dollar tuna steaks to gold plated eggs, here are three of the world’s most bank-busting seafood dishes.
Japanese Bluefin Tuna
A critically endangered species, the Japanese Bluefin Tuna is the biggest and most prized Tuna fish in the world. Even US Bluefins sell for $20 to $40 a pound, and the price can be ten times more for an average Japanese example. This rarity and prestige have led to somewhat of a promotional war between Japanese Sushi house owners in recent years, as they bid to outdo each other with the biggest and tastiest Tuna in the sea.
It seems though, this practice hit critical mass at the beginning of 2019 when ‘Sushi King’ Kiyoshi Kimura paid £2.5 million for a 278kg or 600-pound beast. In what was also partly a promotional stunt for Tokyo’s new fish market, even the big man himself could see that he had paid a little over the odds.
At least one fisherman came up quids in though!
Taken from the Albino Beluga Sturgeon, the only fish in the world to produce these white golden eggs, Almas Caviar is not only super rare – but it is often served in a 24-karat gold box. Beluga Sturgeons are only found in the Caspian Sea, and they’re endangered as it is. Albino Sturgeons, with a rare genetic pigmentation deficiency, are even less common. Thus, their eggs, already considered a food of the rich and opulent as far back as the 17th century, are today some of the rarest and most exclusive food items in the world.
If you want to try Almas Caviar, meaning diamond in Russian, you’re going have to fork out about £50 a gram at the low end and around £30,000 a kilo if you’re buying bulk.
Samundari Khazana Curry
Upmarket Indian restaurant Bombay Brassiere in London, UK, caused a stir when they first served this dish – the world’s most expensive curry – back in 2009. Literally translating as Ocean’s Treasure, this curry is bursting with rare and prestigious seafood.
Featuring Abalone Sea Snails at £300 a kilo, the curry also contains Devonshire Crab meat, Italian White Truffles at £90 a pop, albino Scottish Lobster and Beluga Caviar filled Quail’s eggs. The whole thing is marinated in a selection of rare (and even unique) Indian spices and then coated in edible gold plating – which costs the restaurant £1000 a kilo itself. Should you so wish to try this seafood equivalent of a gold-plated Ferrari, you’ll be setting yourself back £2000 for a single plate.
Although we would say it doesn’t seem very Indian to us. But we guess at this point you’re not paying for an authentic Indian experience, but for the luxury ingredients.If you can afford it, the Samundari Khazana is still on sale at the Bombay Brasserie in South Kensington. No doubt you will need to book ahead for a table.