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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 3, 2009 at 2:58 PM via web

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Quick research q': What has been the most expensive meal you have ever eaten?

I am trying to conduct a small research on product quality vs. pricing in this economy. Kindly state what has been your most expensive meal, what was in it, and how much did you pay. Was it worth it? Where was the place located (city)- Thanks!

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted April 4, 2009 at 11:50 AM (Answer #2)

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My most expensive was inadvertantly expensive. In Europe, some of the meal prices in restaurants are give per 100 grams of whatever you are eating. I managed to overlook this when ordering Capri fish on Isla Capri. Instead of a light lunch, I had a whole fish that cost me 70 Euros! It was good, but it sure wasn't worth that--beware when traveling.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 5, 2009 at 10:10 AM (Answer #3)

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Thanks for that information! I had no idea about they weighing the food!

I think mine was at the Red Lion Pub in Atherstone, England, where I am nearly sure my tab was 60 GBP- I did have wine and beer with my meal, but I also ordered pub grub, not like anything expensive. I reckon I paid 120 American dollars in exchange for a pub meal. Ugh

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 6, 2009 at 8:46 AM (Answer #4)

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Probably my most expensive (and most delicious, by the way) meal was in Dunstable, England in the UK when my wife and I went to an Italian restaurant. The food was incredible, and I had lamb in an Italian tomato sauce and my wife had swordfish. We followed it with Lemon and Pine Nut tart. We didn't order any wine - we just had water, so it would have been more expensive without, but the total cost was £50 British pounds. At the time that would have been $100 US Dollars.

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rshaffer | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted April 6, 2009 at 5:05 PM (Answer #5)

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The most expensive meal I ate was at a restaurant called Chops in Bonita Springs, Florida.  My husband and I took our 3 children and my best friend's daughter to this restaurant that she (my best friend) recommended because of the great food, primarily steaks.  The ages of the children were 16, 14, 13, and 10.  Of course, we all ordered steak and all the ala carte items that went with it.  We had 3 alcoholic drinks, and the kids had soft drinks.  At the end of the meal, we ordered two deserts to split (I might add that they were too small to share), and the total bill was over $400, over $500 with tip.  I have never spent that much money on a steak dinner, and I will never do that again.  It was steak, nothing special.  In fact, my husband and I commented that we make better tasting steaks on our grill, and we provide all the extras with it at no extra cost!

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted April 6, 2009 at 5:49 PM (Answer #6)

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The most expensive meal I have ever eaten was at the Conch house in St. Augustine. It was also the most beautifully presented meal I have ever eaten.

We had a dish of almond encrusted mahi mahi and sea bass served on a bed of salad greens. There were fruits and flowers also on the plate.

My husband had a plate of crab cakes.

All together our meal cost over 60.00 for just us two.  Since we were celebrating his liver transplant, it was worth it.  But, in reality, it was a very expensive plate of appetizers.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 7, 2009 at 7:43 PM (Answer #7)

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The most expensive meal I ate was at a restaurant called Chops in Bonita Springs, Florida.  My husband and I took our 3 children and my best friend's daughter to this restaurant that she (my best friend) recommended because of the great food, primarily steaks.  The ages of the children were 16, 14, 13, and 10.  Of course, we all ordered steak and all the ala carte items that went with it.  We had 3 alcoholic drinks, and the kids had soft drinks.  At the end of the meal, we ordered two deserts to split (I might add that they were too small to share), and the total bill was over $400, over $500 with tip.  I have never spent that much money on a steak dinner, and I will never do that again.  It was steak, nothing special.  In fact, my husband and I commented that we make better tasting steaks on our grill, and we provide all the extras with it at no extra cost!

My GOODNESS gracious!! 500 dollars?! WOW! THAT takes the cheese right there. Woooow!

And you are correct about grilling out adding the extras.

WOW! -Thanks for sharing!

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 8, 2009 at 12:50 AM (Answer #8)

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A few years ago I had a EFL student who was VP of a Polish Bank. He got shmoozed by three Swedish businessmen who wanted him to greenlight a big investment project. So the Swedes took him to the best restaurant in Poland and the bill came to over $10,000. They had drunk 3 bottles of wine that were over $2,500 each.

At our next lesson, he excitedly told me how much everything had cost. When I asked him what he ate, he said, "chicken". When I asked him what the wine was, he said, "red". Sadly, my student was a deeply flawed person, he loved the fact that he'd eaten such an expensive meal, but he hadn't actually bothered to enjoy the food! Pearls before swine and all that. Still, the Swedes got their greenlight.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 8, 2009 at 5:39 PM (Answer #9)

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In Toronto, Canada, with a business associate from the U.S., I enjoyed a French meal in a small restaurant that only seated a total of 10 tables of up to 4 people at each. We had a bottle of wine with a full-course meal. I don't remember what my friend ordered, but I had a wonderful steak served au poivre, with beautiful potatoes Anna that had been cut with a mandoline. We shared a dessert tower of profiteroles. Total bill including tip was $295. While I've been with groups of people and had a larger total tab, I've never had one that averaged out to almost $150 per person.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted April 9, 2009 at 5:56 PM (Answer #10)

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Although this is going to look cheap compared to the previous posts (ha!), I will say that the most expensive meal I have ever had was our last honeymoon dinner from The Canoe House at the Mona Lani Hotel in Hawaii.  We had an appetizer of coconut shrimp, two full lobsters with drawn butter, mixed drinks, and a dessert of some specialty cheesecake.  All together (and with tip) it came to a little over $180.  A very delicious and memorable meal!  Was it worth it?  On our honeymoon?  Heck yeah!

Noelle Thompson

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hi1954 | Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 11, 2009 at 12:56 AM (Answer #11)

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I'm not really sure what my most expensive meal was.  I took several friends to a Japanese steak house in I-don't-remember-where land, and it was probably close to $300, but there were maybe five or six of us.  I and a friend had a meal at a very traditional Japanese place in the middle of nowhere on the New York-Vermont border, literally nowhere near a city.  The owner had retired there from owning a restaurant in Tokyo, and it was fairly expensive.  Probably about $100 is the most expensive I've gone.  Frizzyperm's student is by far the "winner" here, but the meal that sticks in my mind most was one of the cheapest.  Two friends and I ate at a dim sum house in New York City once- everything on the round plates was ten cents, everything on the oblong plates was fifteen cents, the tea was free.  We ate until we literally had trouble walking up the stairs to the street, and it cost $12.47.

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dswain001 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted April 14, 2009 at 5:01 AM (Answer #12)

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I live in South Florida where there is no shortage of fine restaurants. In honor  of my birthday, a friend and I visited Houston's, a very nice steakhouse in Aventura, Florida. We ordered  two house salads, he had the Porterhouse, and I had the N.Y. Strip. We ordered a fairly decent bottle of wine and shared dessert. When the check came, I saw my dinner companion's eyes get as large as saucers. He took out his credit card and refused to let me see the check, but I stole a peek anyways. Our dinner had come to nearly $200. Mind you we ordered  the more moderately- priced items. Dinner was delicious, but hardly worth the price. A few months later I traveled to the Bahamas with this same friend and we had the best seafood ever at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant way off the tourist trail. Two lobster tales, shrimp, shrimp, conch salad and two strawberry daiquiris for less than $25 total!!

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