How much would you pay for sushi? If you want the best, or what many connoisseurs consider to be the best, you better be prepared to shell out the big bucks. Sushi on today’s list is ridiculously expensive…and probably delicious. Sadly, we haven’t had the chance to try it ourselves.
10. The Golden Sushi – Chef Angelito Araneta Jr.
The Golden Sushi is prepared only on-demand. It’s so expensive that few can afford to enjoy it. Created by a chef from the Philippines, Angelito Araneta Jr., this sushi features edible gold leaf, rather that the usual seaweed. Each roll is adorned with a trio of precious pearls. Diamonds from Africa are used as glittering accents. To enjoy the world’s costliest sushi, you will need to drop $1978.15 U.S. dollars for just five sushi rolls. If you don’t mind paying roughly 400 dollars per sushi roll, noshing on The Golden Sushi may be a culinary event to add to your bucket list. Each roll is an edible art masterpiece. The nigiri rolls include Norwegian salmon with an attractive pink hue, in addition to luxurious foie gras. These fancy sushi rolls have earned Chef Angelito Araneta Jr. the nickname, “The Carat Chef”. These sushi rolls are definitely the most expensive on the planet. There are plenty of pricey restaurants that serve elegant and expensive sushi, some of which we’re going to feature today, but only Chef Araneta Jr.’s sushi rolls for one percenters have made it into The Guinness World Records. These sushi rolls are the sushi equivalent of Birkin bags from Hermes, or couture ball gowns from Chanel. With The Golden Sushi, it’s all about conspicuous consumption. Pics of The Golden Sushi will definitely add visual impact to any foodie’s Instagram profile. Try not to think about how many hungry children can be fed for the price of these five decadent sushi rolls.
9. Lucky Direction Sushi Roll – Shinjuku Isetan Department Store, Tokyo
If you’ve got 97 dollars to spend on a single sushi roll, and you’re planning on visiting Japan, you may want to head for Sinjuku Isetan Department Store, where well-heeled customers have indulged in pricey Lucky Direction Sushi Rolls. You’ll find sushi in the basement level of the department store. The costliest sushi roll offered at the department store’s eatery featured a gold leaf wrapping. This sushi roll is pre-packaged, so it’s easy to grab if you want a quick and super-expensive snack on the go. If you eat in, it will be served to you on a plastic plate, just like cheaper sushi rolls are. If you’re superstitious, you should know that eating this sushi roll while it is pointing in a lucky direction will be the best way to harness the magical powers of this costly sushi roll. Inside the gilded wrapping, which is made from edible gold, you’ll find some high-end seafood, including Nagasaki Longtooth Grouper, Hyogo puffer fish and Miyazaki steamed abalone. This just scratches the surface. There are a dozen forms of upscale seafood in each Lucky Direction Sushi Roll. Have you ever eaten edible gold? If you haven’t, do you want to? Experts say that the edible gold should have a grade of 22 to 24 carats for maximum purity. The high-grade edible gold is safer to consume than the lower-grade edible gold, which may have some impurities. The Lucky Direction Sushi Roll is probably wrapped in the high-grade gold. For the price, it should be.
8. Omakase Menu – Nobu, Miami
With an Omakase menu, the chef chooses what you eat. Many fine sushi restaurants worldwide offer exceptional Omakase menus that aren’t exactly easy on the pocketbook. One of these eateries is the decidedly glam Nobu in Miami, Florida, USA. If you’re at all interested in sushi, you’ve probably heard of Nobu, even if you haven’t had the chance to eat there. There are Nobu restaurants in various cities. Madonna has said that she gauges the fun level of a city based on whether or not it has its own Nobu location. Celebs really love Nobu and they are in the enviable position of being able to enjoy the pricey Omakase menu at Nobu, Miami. It costs 180 US dollars to indulge in this glorious sushi testing menu. For foodies who have a passion for sushi, it may be well worth it. This chef’s menu is an experience. If you opt for the Omakase menu at Nobu Miami, you’ll be able to dine in the interior of Miami’s chic and exclusive Eden Roc Hotel. The Miami Nobu eatery doesn’t have a minimalist look, like the stripped-down decor of the Nobu in Manhattan. The Miami Nobu features opulent decor that fits the high luxury level of the food, including the costly Omakase menu. If you prefer to order off of the regular Nobu Miami menu, so you can choose exactly what you’ll get, rather than having a chef do it for you, don’t expect to save a ton of money. This eatery is pricey and that’s part of its appeal. It’s not a basic place to grab a bite. For example, the Lobster Shiitake Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing will set you back 56 bucks. Prime Tenderloin with Yuzu Truffle and Crispy Onions costs 68 dollars. A Baked Crab Hand Roll is 28 dollars. Yes, it’s expensive, but it sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Wash it all down with a 26 dollar glass of Nobu Champagne.
7. Omakase Menu – Masa, NYC
It costs a staggering 595 American dollars to enjoy the Omakase tasting menu at the very upscale Masa eatery in New York City. While prices for this chef’s menu have been described as absurd, customers keep coming. Some people don’t want cheap eats. They want something a little more refined than the 1, 2, 3 dollar menu at McDonald’s. Masa is the brainchild of a chef named Masayoshi Takayama. He began learning about food as a boy, because his parents owned a fish market in Japan. He started out bringing sashimi to people in his neighborhood. He used a bike to make his deliveries. Then, he moved on to catering weddings. He kept growing as a chef. At Masa, the sushi counter is sanded each and every day. The decor is elegant and simple, so that the food, including costly sushi, takes center stage. While there are critics who think that the chef’s menu at Masa is overpriced, the eatery does provide a real experience to patrons. It takes about two hours to enjoy the Omakase menu experience. If you book a reservation, you’ll need to pay extra for bevvies and the tip. Prepare for an expensive and delicious night out.
7. Grand Omakase Menu – O Ya, Boston
O Ya in Boston is a great place to spend a lot of money on sushi. Located at 9 East Street, it offers a very elevated Grand Omakase menu that features some extremely tasty bites. To indulge in this experience, which includes a whopping 24 courses, you’ll need to spend 285 bucks. If you want beverage pairings, tack on another 185 dollars. Then, prepare to chill in a dimly-lit, soothing environment, where you’ll be treated to VIP service as you indulge in a host of tasty courses that really pique your palate, including Local Sea Bream with evergreen oil, ginger from Japan and a persimmon miso. Yes, this is all quite expensive, but most people who go for the Grand Omakase menu are glad that they did. Reviews of this sushi experience are glowing. One highlight of the experience is the chance to sample a Fabergé Onsen Egg. You may already know that real Fabergé eggs are jeweled creations from Russia. They were collected by Tsars because they were fit for royalty. The Fabergé Onsen Egg at O Ya in Boston features an egg that is cooked to delicate and soft perfection. The egg is flavored with gold leaf, scallions, Dashi sauce and caviar. This restaurant is definitely chic. It’s situated within a century-old fire house in the city’s heritage-rich Leather District. The dining room at O Ya seats 37 people, amongst 10 tables. It also has a chef’s counter that seats 17. At this counter, guests may check out the culinary skill and talent of chefs as they prepare food, including amazing “bites” from the Grand Omakase menu.
6. Omakase Menu – Sukiyabashi Jiro, Toyko, Japan
This Edo-style sushi restaurant attracts posh clientele, including former POTUS, Barack Obama. Obama was still the President of the United States when he visited Sukiyabashi Jiro. He proclaimed its sushi the very best. The Omakase experience at this restaurant is pricey and in demand. If you make a reservation, bear in mind you may be hit with a hefty cancellation fee if you don’t make it to the restaurant on time. At this Japanese restaurant, it’s all about the fish. Its owner and chef, Jiro Ono, earned a trio of Michelin stars. He was the very first sushi chef to receive this high honor. Edo-style means that the chef respects the old tradition of sushi, which was initially a street food. He encourages guests to pick up sushi with their fingers and pop it into their mouths. Using chopsticks is fine, but it’s not mandatory. In the old days, hungry people in Japan got their sushi from street stalls and ate it with their hands. The Omakase menu at this eatery includes 20 pieces of sushi, which is a lot. The chef is considerate enough to reduce the size of the sushi pieces for female customers of a certain age, so it’s easier for them to find room for it all. Customers are supposed to eat their sushi as soon as it arrives. This is the best way to maximize flavors. They aren’t supposed to dip it in soy sauce. You’ll learn a lot of about sushi etiquette when you dine at this revered restaurant. The tasting menu costs about 270 USD, or 30,000 Yen.
5. Omakase Menu – Sushi Taro, Washington, D.C.
This sushi eatery is located in Washington, D.C. and it is an establishment that is Michelin-starred. People who work at the Japanese embassy reportedly love this eatery, which has a very fancy Omakase menu. It’s possible to enjoy Omakase for as little as 140 bucks at Sushi Taro, but most people end up spending roughly 160 dollars to enjoy the chef’s tasting menu. The Omakase experience at Sushi Taro isn’t cheap, but it sounds like a lot of fun. It’s slightly different from other Omakase experiences, because customers who choose the “Omakase Counter” experience are able to decide what pace the meal experience should proceed at, as well as what they wish to eat. While seated at the counter, a customer will be presented with an array of fresh fish, by the restaurant’s chef. The customer may then decide what he or she wants to eat. The experience includes four to six dishes, as well as sashimi that is season and sushi.
4. Omakase Menu – Urasawa, Los Angeles
This eatery is located on ritzy Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. It’s known for being a very expensive place to dine. Choosing the Omakase menu will cost you 395 bucks. Since the eatery has a couple of Michelin stars, many people do want to shell out the big bucks at Urasawa. In the past, the eatery’s chef, Hiroyuki Urasawa, worked under Masa Takayama, who heads NYC’s Masa. Urasawa gets his fish from a fish market in Japan. The fish is flown in. Chef Masa flies in fish from the same market. This importation of fresh and delectable seafood helps to explain the high price of the tasting menu. To follow etiquette at Urasawa, you must consume each piece of sushi within just ten seconds of receiving it. This will probably be a pleasure. As you can see, Omakase experiences are what the wealthy want. They want gifted sushi chefs from the best restaurants to get creative and offer them handcrafted sushi based on which fish is freshest and what the chef feels like preparing. This type of dining experience is more intimate than simply ordering some rolls and sashimi off of a menu. With Omakase, a dialogue between chef and patron is established, through the universal language of food.
3. Chef’s Choice Menu – Sushi Hashiri, San Francisco
If you’ve got 500 dollars to spend on an Omakase experience and you’re in San Francisco, you may want to treat yourself to the “Omakase at Chef’s Table” experience at Sushi Hashiri. There are more affordable Omakase experiences available at the same restaurant, but the Chef’s Table experience is the most upscale option. When you choose this tasting menu, you’ll be able to relax in a private dining room, while a private sushi chef takes care of you. You’ll need to book at least 14 days in advance. Your meal will be a culinary journey, which features Edomae and Kaiseki sushi. If you like, wash it all down with a 250 dollar bottle of Kokuryu Ryu fukui Sake. Be sure to budget for a nice tip, because you’ll really be catered to. 250 dollar and 175 dollar Omakase experiences are also available.
2. Sushi Meal – Kurumazushi, NYC
Most patrons who dine at this Midtown, NYC restaurant, which has been around since the late 70s, end up spending just under four hundred backs for their sushi meals. This eatery is popular with New Yorkers and with international customers. The restaurant is known for its superb and acclaimed sushi chef, Toshihiro Uezu. The eatery is also renowned for its traditional decor. The sushi counter is definitely the focus at Kurumazushi. This restaurant offers a dining experience that has the same level of quality as Japan’s finest sushi restaurants. Customers love the freshness and deliciousness of the sushi offered at this restaurant. The Omakase menu costs 300 dollars and beverages and tip are extra. There are more affordable Omakase experiences available, but you may want to try to deluxe one. An a la carte menu is also offered. With the most expensive Omakase experience, you’ll receive nine pieces of sushi, plus a roll.
1. Omakase Menu – Sushi Sasabune, Los Angeles
An Omakase menu experience at L.A.’s Sushi Sasabune eatery will set you back 250 dollars. This restaurant offers a traditional Japanese experience. It’s located at 11917 Wilshire Blvd. The eatery’s decor isn’t the fanciest, but the food is glorious. When you choose the pricey Omakase experience, you’ll be catered to be chef Nobi Kusuhara. The chef is known for using only the best fish. You’ll love the delicious “bites” that you receive during your chef’s tasting menu experience. Most people find that this culinary experience is superlative and worth the cash. If you don’t mind dropping serious cash to eat in a restaurant that has an understated vibe, head for Sushi Sasabune. The food will make you feel like a VIP. This restaurant sometimes has exciting special events that sell out fast, such as meals with Sake pairings. None of the food and drink comes cheap.