Would you like to have a taco worth $25,000 laced with 24k gold?
The Grand Velas Los Cabos' costly creation comes stuffed with pricey Kobe beef, caviar and lashings of gold leaf, taking the price tag up of USD25,000 Photograph: (AFP)
Tacos usually are a quick-prep comfort food that can be easily customised to one's own preference. However, a Mexican chef has given the snack a glittery, glamorous makeover.
The Grand Velas Los Cabos', a luxury resort in Mexico has come up with its own variant of the dish that comes with pricey and uncommon ingredients like shrimp, Kobe beef, caviar and lashings of gold leaf, taking the price tag up to a hard-to-swallow $25,000 (more than 13 lakhs INR).
The taco is a melange of high-end food products. So what really justifies the exorbitant price of the dish?
- Corn tortilla is infused with 24k gold flakes.
- The taco shell fillings include:
- Kobe Beef - a rare variant from cattle raised in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture according to guidelines laid by the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion Association. The meat is a delicacy renowned for its flavour, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture.
- Langoustines-succulent, white shellfish also known as scampi and Dublin Bay prawns.
- Almas Beluga caviar- eggs of the sturgeon fish, a rare and exclusive delicacy in itself.
- Black truffle brie cheese- Soft and white paste is smooth with a luscious buttery flavour. It is made from high-quality cow’s milk with each wheel layered with black truffles, giving a rich aromatic nutty or earthy taste.
- This is then topped with a salsa of dried Morita chili peppers (comes from slowly smoking red ripe jalapenos over a wood fire), Ley.925 ultra-premium añejo tequila and civet coffee. The tequila is one of the finest and costliest in the world and Civet coffee is the one that has to pass through a civet’s bowel system.
- It’s all topped with more 24k gold leaf.
The chef, Licerio at the Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort clearly decided to think outside the box.
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"People are excited and a little surprised about how you can eat a taco for $25,000 when you can find one on the street for $0.5," he told AFP.
"Then I explain the delicacy, the technique and the harmony that they will lift from the plate, and that it's worth it."
Fortunately, the two portions in a plate are big enough to serve two. A week after the outrageously pricey dish hit the menu, no one has ordered it, the chef admitted.
Ordering the fancy taco has its own particular method. First, a customer has to put down a $12,500 deposit and already be staying in the presidential suite.
The dish is presented in the middle of the desert encircled by motorcycles, or during a marriage proposal.
If money is no object, the chef recommends to complement the taco with the luxury tequila Pasion Azteca, at $150,000 a bottle.
Would you ditch the plan of buying a new car for this out of the world meal?