V.I.P: Those three golden letters that can elevate pretty much any experience from meh to memorable. But there are a select few experiences—available only to a select few—that take the concept of “VIP” treatment to entirely another level. From sports events to music festivals to fine dining, we’ve curated the most lavish, over-the-top VIP packages from around the world to see how the one-percenters live…and frivolously blow their cash.
NAME: “Not Your Mom’s” Meatloaf at FIVE Restaurant
SUPERLATIVE: The world’s most expensive meatloaf dish
COST: $535 (dish alone) or up to $8,535 with alcohol pairing
WHAT PUSHES IT OVER THE TOP: The ultimate comfort food, meatloaf typically isn’t the first thing one envisions when it comes to decadent dining. But at Berkeley, CA-based FIVE Restaurant, their “Not Your Mom’s” offering takes the dish to entirely new levels—though you’ll have to drop a cool $535 to see for yourself.
The brainchild of chef Stephane Tonnelier, he makes his loaf with Wagyu beef, porcini mushrooms, and Remy Martin cognac. Tonnelier says his inspiration was to “create a dish that used over-the-top ingredients but would still remind you of great family memories.” Looking to erase some memories? Upgrade the order with a luxe pairing of 1983 Chateau Margaux (around $1,000) or a bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII (around $8,000).
If a three-digit meatloaf makes you blink twice, rest assured Tonnelier has plenty of culinary cred. His first 13 years on the dining scene were spent at Michelin-starred restaurants in France, and Tonnelier also spent nine years as executive sous chef under James Beard winner Nancy Oakes at San Francisco’s Boulevard. FIVE’s got a pretty impressive pedigree as well, having been a six-time Michelin Bib Gourmand selection.
It may not be your mom’s meatloaf, but it may be one that only the likes of Meat Loaf can splurge on.
ENOUGH MEATLOAF, EAT STEAK