The San Francisco Business Journal reports that Gilt City San Francisco -- picture a weekly Groupon for high-end goods -- is offering a $499 wine dinner at Benu. And that had me wondering, just how much would you be willing to pay for dinner?
Most dinners involve compromise. You don't get the surf and turf, just surf or turf. But on special nights, you take the churrascaria approach to the menu and choose not to limit yourself. I never would have thought that I would drop $650 on dinner for me and my wife. But then again, I didn't think I would be eating at the world's best restaurant. Three years ago, while traveling in Copenhagen, the concierge at my hotel snared us a last-minute reservation to Noma -- which last year was named to the top spot on San Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants.
It was a night of fun surprises. Each plate was perfectly composed and wonderfully complex. Half of the evening's conversation was dedicated to the textures and flavors of what we were eating. Eight courses later, I leaned back against my fur-covered chair and felt content. It's never easy to hand over a paycheck at a restaurant, but that doesn't mean it's not enjoyable. Forget the novelty hot dogs or golden necklaces that turn a sundae into a mortgage payment. And instead think about the most decadent meal you can picture, something like lobster stuffed with tacos.
So what was your most expensive meal? Was it worth it? And have you set a ceiling on what you'd be willing to pay for dinner?
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