5 Expensive Ingredients You Will Find in Dubai’s Most Decadent Dishes

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Dubai has already cemented its status as a record-setting city and a place of luxury and indulgence. The city is teeming with 5-star hotels, premium real estate, luxury goods and cars. In addition, gold is a staple interior and exterior décor here, and it is also evident in the number of high-end restaurants you can find in this city.

Several of these upscale restaurants serve the most expensive and decadent dishes as well. Some of these dishes have already broken records and are considered to be the pinnacle of fine dining in Dubai.

The highlight of these luxurious dishes, of course, is their ingredients. If you want to know some of the decadent ingredients you can indulge in at Dubai’s top-tier restaurants, food products suppliers share the top ones below:

  1. Edible gold

Dubai is also known as the “City of Gold” so it is only fitting that many of the restaurants’ most expensive dishes here have this ingredient as well.

Some of the most decadent dishes you can find in Dubai feature edible gold as toppings or sprinkles. These include the Royal Pizza (priced at Dh777,000 or around USD 210,000) which has a scattering of two ounces of edible gold. This high-end pizza can be ordered at Pierchic in Madinat Jumeirah.

Another well-known, high-end dish in Dubai is the Black Diamond from Scoopi Café. It is currently one of the most expensive ice cream sundaes in the world. The sundae is sprinkled with 23-carat gold leaf flakes. This luxurious cold treat costs Dh2,999 or USD 820.

  1. Spider king crab

The king of all seafood, the top-of-the-line spider king crab comes from Norway. It costs AED 115 or USD 31 for 100 grams. You can get this crustacean delight at Peppercrab, a high-end restaurant located at the Grand Hyatt Dubai.

The spider king crabs at Peppercrab are served at an average weight of 2.5kg. As such, a single serving will definitely cost you a fortune.

The spider king crab can be cooked in chili, black pepper sauce, or through whatever method you may prefer.

  1. Kobe beef

There are many well-known international and local steakhouses in the UAE and quite a few serve the best in premium beef — Kobe.

Kobe beef comes from a breed of cattle called “wagyu” found in Kobe, Japan. In order to earn the designation of Kobe beef, the meat has to satisfy the rigid production standards imposed in that prefecture.

Kobe beef has intense white fat marbling and is, therefore, unrivaled in terms of juiciness, tenderness, and succulence. Because of this, it is one of the most expensive meat products in the world.

The Seafire Steakhouse & Bar at Atlantis The Palm serves 350 grams of Kobe tenderloin for AED 990 or USD 270. Their meat comes from the Tajima-gyu breed of cattle found in the Hyōgo Prefecture in Kobe. It is considered by many as the most succulent wagyu in the world.

  1. Caviar

If you are a caviar connoisseur, you won’t hesitate to spend AED 3,500 or USD 952 for 125 grams of Imperial Premium sturgeon caviar at Novikov located at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai. Diners who have tried this caviar describe it as slightly fishy that has an exquisite texture when it hits the tongue and palate.

AmStur is another brand known for its excellent, top-of-the-line caviar. The imperial caviar, which comes from the white sturgeon roe, is their most expensive product. A one-kilogram tin costs AED 29,000 or USD 7,915.

In case you want to try this rare and costly delicacy, you can order it online and it will be delivered to wherever you are by a chauffeur.

  1. Chicken

Have you ever thought of yourself to be willing to pay USD 170 (AED 625) for a chicken dinner? You will if you get the chance to dine at the posh French restaurant La Serre in Downtown Dubai which serves a divine whole roasted chicken dish.

The whole roasted chicken is served in a flat copper pan. The chicken is topped with foie gras and truffle sauce. The portion is good for two but if you’re dining with a group, everyone can have a taste of this dish while enjoying other superb items from the menu.

Dubai is indeed the best city for living it up.

With its variety of world-class accommodations and high-end restaurants, every dirham you spend on experiencing the best in comfort and luxury in this emirate will be worth it.


Jad Asaad is the Marketing Manager at Horeca Trade LLC with more than eight years of experience in digital, online and offline marketing. He started his career in Beirut working in a creative agency and then moved to Dubai to further expand his career. He created and implemented award-winning high-impact digital and offline marketing campaigns that consistently generated revenue streams and improved performance in targeted segments.