Splurging on an expensive dining experience is not a waste of money but an indulgence in one of life’s ultimate pleasures. Here are 10 extravagant choices in Singapore, the most expensive (subject to change) of their kind on our food-obsessed island.
They all feature impeccable ingredients while the most ostentatious entries come with superb ambience and unparalleled service, too. Are they worth it? That is a subjective question. Willing to give your wallet a hit to find out?
1. Most Expensive Burger
Singapore Fling Burger- S$35 at Lombardo’s
Ex-Amsterdam DJ Chef Martijn Verdonk celebrates his adopted country with the Singapore Fling Burger (S$35). McDonald’s this is not, but it is definitely a step down from the S$250 (all proceeds to charity) burgers Lombardo’s offered with its 2019 launch.
Within the Fling, prime Wagyu patty is topped with crab meat, melted English cheddar, lettuce, vine tomato, mini pickles, and Lombardo’s homemade burger sauce. Lombardo’s recommends a pairing with 1925 Brewing Co Yellow Van Beer (S$14). You can also choose a range of extra toppings: English Cheddar Cheese (S$2), Stilton Blue Cheese (S$4), Mild French Goat Cheese (S$4), Avocado (S$2.50), Sauteed Mushrooms (S$1.50), Grilled Courgette (Zucchini) (S$1.50), Pancetta (S$3), Grilled Iberico Chorizo (S$2.50), and Sunny Side-up Egg (S$2.50).
2. Most Expensive Steak
170g Japanese Pure Breed Wagyu Beef- S$245* at CUT by Wolfgang Puck
*Prices may change daily due to availability
Splendidly-named American chef Wolfgang Puck first foray into Asia was with CUT, Marina Bay Sands and it is the ultimate steak connoisseur destination. A 170g slab of Japanese Pure Breed Wagyu Beef (S$245) here lets you enjoy the decadent flavours of fine meat grilled over charcoal and apple wood. Sauces (S$5) include Argentinian Chimichurri, Wasabi-Yuzu Kosho Butter, and Shallot-Red Wine Bordelaise. The ingredients and preparation are simply divine.
3. Most Expensive Briyani
Dum Ki Biryani (Lamb)- S$54 at Punjabi Grill
The apex of the Punjabi Grill menu is their Dum Ki Briyani– Lamb (S$54). It is the choicest cuts of lamb meat braised with spices made rich with Mukta Pishti (ayurvedic formulation of rosewater-infused freshwater pearl paste) and a hint of amber combined with saffron-hued basmati rice and cooked under fluffy pastry. $54 too much? You can budget by opting for Dum Ki Biryani– Chicken (S$52) instead.
4. Most Expensive Sandwich
Wagyu Sandwich- S$88 at The Fat Cow
At the heart of every The Fat Cow Wagyu Sandwich (S$88) is A4 tenderloin from Japan’s famed Toriyama farms. An A4 grade tells you that you are in for a heavenly dining escapade but The Fat Cow experience is really something else. The meat is prepared as a crispy fried cutlet with flaky Japanese panko breadcrumbs in a style known as katsu. The accompanying toasted brioche is the ideal companion for this melt-in-your-mouth specialty.
5. Most Expensive Murtabak
Ultimate Murtabak- S$16.90 at Springleaf Prata Place (Sunset Way)
What is the world coming to when even murtabak is getting into the atas act? Springleaf Prata Place at Sunset Way offers a Ultimate Murtabak (S$16.90), which was the eatery’s entry for 2012 Ultimate Hawkerfest. It is a delicious combination of tandoori chicken chunks, slices of portobello mushroom, onions, and thick, gooey mozzarella within a perfectly crispy prata shell. Each serving comes with ample dipping sauce.
6. Most Expensive Nasi Lemak
Grilled Fish Set- S$19.80 at The Coconut Club
The signature nasi lemak at The Coconut Club of Grilled Fish Set (S$19.80) is charcoal grilled Selar Kuning fish stuffed with rempah (spice paste). It is built on the Basic Set (S$5) which features the standard coconut rice, fried egg, anchovies, peanuts, cucumber, and sambal.
The Coconut Club is serious about coconuts; the restaurant creates its own special blend of coconut milk for the menu and it really gives their rice and other dishes an astounding flavour.
7. Most Expensive Fried Rice
Scallion Fried Rice- S$32 at Koma
Koma at MBS is not known for subtlety and that is theatrically evident when your order of Scallion Fried Rice (S$32) is served. Into the stone bowl of rice cascades a delicious broth of chicken, pork, scallops, shrimp, and mushroom, creating a porridge that mesmerises both your ocular and olfactory senses.
The quality and freshness of every ingredient, paired with the wonderful presentation makes for an unforgettable meal in an unforgettable restaurant.
8. Most Expensive Sushi
Edomae Nigiri Sushi (15 pieces)- S$220 at Shinji by Kanesaka
Shinji by Kanesaka is one of the most exclusive Japanese restaurants in Singapore, having been granted a Michelin star for 6 years running (as of 2021). One serving of Sushi Edomae (S$220) at Shinji consists of 15 pieces of Nigiri sushi and includes soup and Japanese fruit. Edomae is unique for its use of red vinegar made from sake lees instead of the usual rice vinegar. The fish also undergoes an extensive preparation process of marination and/or pre-cooking to maintain freshness while enriching its flavour.
Shinji @ The St. Regis
29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911
+65 6884 8239
9. Most Expensive Fish & Chips
Fish & Chips- S$48 at The English House by Marco Pierre White
‘Elegance and simplicity, inspired by colonial Singaporean heritage’ reads the self-description at the English House. The first half of that description sums up the Fish & Chips (S$48) by celebrated chef Marco Pierre White. At its centre is wild cod slathered in beer batter while triple cooked chips (of British potatoes, naturally), mushy peas, and White’s on tartare sauce complete the dish. Fish & chips are an age-old favourite and this recipe shows you exactly why.
10. Most Expensive Pizza
Original 18″ Pie- S$55++ at Lucali’s
Lucali’s Original 18″ Pie (S$55++) is the only pizza on the menu. The (not-so-) humble margherita is topped with buffalo mozzarella, mozzarella, parmesan, basil and (optional) roasted garlic but the real secret to its popularity is apparently the special ‘4-hour tomato sauce’.
Want to splurge a little bit more? Choose Toppings (S$5) each of pepperoni, anchovies, onions, sweet peppers, mushrooms, olives and jalapenos.
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