The most expensive omelette in the world is actually a frittata, and it’s cooked up by the chefs at Norma’s, a high-end establishment that’s only open for breakfast and brunch. The restaurant is part of the luxury hotel Le Parker Meridien in—where else?—New York City, the city that never sleeps but is always dreaming—particularly of pricey, decadent food.
So why, exactly, is this omelette so expensive? Marisa Zafran, Vice President of Marketing and Development at Le Parker Meridien and an editor of the restaurant’s signature cookbook, explained that a playful kind of extravagance and expense is “the whole theme of our menu” at Norma’s. The frittata is the brainchild of chef Emile Castillo and Steven Pipes, president of the Jack Parker Corporation (which owns Le Parker Meridien). According to Zafran, “they decided, ‘Let’s have fun with it, let’s make this extreme, really expensive item,’ not ever knowing that it would take off in popularity like it has.”
The Zillion Dollar Frittata is aptly named, as it boasts a mix of ingredients that brings the price for the “super size” version up to $2,000. The frittata is a carefully crafted dish of fresh Maine lobster, eggs, chives, a special lobster sauce, and 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar from the Caspian sea, all atop a bed of lightly roasted potatoes. This mouthwatering culinary creation has held the Guinness World Record for “Most expensive omelette” since 2004, when it was just $1,000. With its current price of two grand, no other breakfast food can compete for this title.
The price hike was due to increasing costs of the special Sevruga caviar; the dish was “never really a money-maker” for Norma’s, and instead served as an example of the restaurant’s commitment to being over-the-top and playful. To date, only around 10 people a year order the two-thousand dollar frittata, while about 10 people per month order the smaller version, according to Zafran’s estimates. To make a truly great omelette, you’ll of course have to break a few eggs—but for a serious breakfast of the Zillion Dollar Frittata, you might come closer to breaking the bank.
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