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Your most expensive restaurant bill?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by mm84321, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    $600 doesn't buy me shit in South Korea. truth. [​IMG] $1200 wouldn't buy me shit. I bought hamburgers and wine one night this summer, for 3, and the bill was close to $750.
    If I got on a plane to Tokyo, smuggled back a $300 grocery basket + some wine and dropped it off with people with enough skills, then maybe, but that'd still cost me a grand or two. [​IMG]


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    The first time I went to East Asia I was terrified about the food prices. But people showed me where to go and I ate very well for the mid-two figures per person. (Not just ramen either.) The only time really got socked was having Kobe beef, but I knew what I was in for and just wanted the experience.

    Is SK really that crazy now?
     
  2. Joe E Taleo

    Joe E Taleo Senior member

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    The first time I went to East Asia I was terrified about the food prices. But people showed me where to go and I ate very well for the mid-two figures per person. (Not just ramen either.) The only time really got socked was having Kobe beef, but I knew what I was in for and just wanted the experience.

    Is SK really that crazy now?


    I think Impolyt brings up a good point. The Seoul I know is a place where you can eat for extremely low prices, and get bombed out of your head with soju for less than ten bucks. The Seoul he knows is the one of robber barons and celebrities. There seems to be very little in-between.
     
  3. shoreman1782

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    At Gramercy Tavern in New York ... after I ordered a $125 bottle of wine ... the waiter returned to say they were out of the bottle. He recommended "a similar" wine that he felt we would like. I agreed. Later I discovered his "similar" bottle was $600. I refused to pay more than 1.5x the price of the original bottle ... and the management sided with me.

    Speaking of wine ... it's about time to dress and get to cocktails.


    He must have taken you for a real baller.


    I think our bill for two at Volt in Frederick Md was about $425 or so. I don't see myself spending more than that on a meal, ever.
     
  4. impolyt_one

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    The first time I went to East Asia I was terrified about the food prices. But people showed me where to go and I ate very well for the mid-two figures per person. (Not just ramen either.) The only time really got socked was having Kobe beef, but I knew what I was in for and just wanted the experience.

    Is SK really that crazy now?


    I think Impolyt brings up a good point. The Seoul I know is a place where you can eat for extremely low prices, and get bombed out of your head with soju for less than ten bucks. The Seoul he knows is the one of robber barons and celebrities. There seems to be very little in-between.

    lil bit of both (old $10 is now $15 btw) but you get sick of that shit the minute you can afford to, because good old cravings kick in, and rice and cabbage can not tide over a man for a lifetime. :p
    Anything nice costs real money, about double what you're used to, and that's not guaranteeing the content will be any good.
    Pierre Gagnaire has a place here, his prix fixe is about $250/head plus $250/head more for wine; I've done it for two and I've done Tokyo restaurants that promise similar things, and there is no comparison. There is no value in Korea for anything resembling fine dining. There is value in grilled pork belly and kimchi, and distilled rice wine, and nothing else. That is good and well if you visit for 3 days or a week, but not befitting a place you want to live in for an extended period of time (and I've lived here 8 years now)

    Our plastic bags at the supermarket (5c deposit here, btw) are the same size as anywhere else, but to fill one with your average supermarket buys will surpass $50 easily, and $100 if you try hard by adding cheese and charcuterie. It's a strange feeling to walk home from the supermarket with just two plastic bags worth $200, but it's been done week after week. $6 for a head of celery here, $10 for 8 slices of prosciutto, $15 for 150g of cheese, $5 head of iceberg lettuce, shit be expensive here.

    Patriotism is obviously huge here, so the populace is brainwashed into thinking that domestically grown everything is better; we export almost nothing beyond green bell peppers to Japan to cheap chain restaurants there, though. It's a real shame, because home-grown sucks ass here. They're beginning to tout Korean beef as something equal to Japanese beef and a mere glance will tell you it's not, not even, but it costs nearly the same, or more. That can be $20/3oz or more for the steaks, a good steak can be $50 at the supermarket.
    Anyway, blah, blah, blah, rant, I have the most painstakingly assembled kitchen, pantry, and fridge in this country, and I know that for almost fact, because half of it was sent and smuggled in from overseas in personal packages or bought at black market places (just spent $7 on McCormick cream of tartar in the small canister), but it's still nothing at all for preparing food properly. THAT is fucked up, and it cost thousands of dollars.
     
  5. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I feel for you dude.
     
  6. impolyt_one

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    Drinking some Miller Lite ($3/can) to you dudes right now in a very very weak attempt at solidarity. It might cost a milli to get there, but I don't want to die in the imminent nuclear holocaust knowing I didn't eat and drink as well as I could have.
     
  7. impolyt_one

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    I ate the turkey buffet last night at the Hilton for $70/head for 7 btw, tax in about $500 that I signed for; I know food well enough to know that the homeless shelters across America were getting the basics of turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy down better than I had last night, and that shit was free. Pretty sure they spilled some clam broth in the McCormick brown gravy powder mix they were serving, because that shit was not meant for Thanksgiving consumption. [​IMG] Hope you guys in the free world had better gravy.
     
  8. Manton

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    If it makes you feel any better, I made a sauce which sucked and then made a makeshift gravy to compensate, which was just OK.
     
  9. itsstillmatt

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    Not sure. I don't feel comfortable spending more than $200 or so on wine, which limits my overall costs. Not that I won't do it, but I won't do it comfortably, and I won't spend more than double that ever (this is total, not per bottle. I like to spend less than $100/bottle unless there is some special reason.) Also, I don't have much of a love for wine pairings, so given my own choice, I won't do it unless it is the only reasonable option (did at Alinea recently, did not like the pairings.) So, still not sure how much is the most, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't compare to some of the bigger hitters on here.
     
  10. Manton

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    I ordered a $165 bottle this summer and it made me feel guilty. But I had to have it.
     
  11. dragon8

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    Seriously? Who in their right mind would willing pay $8 - 10000 for a bottle of wine?

    You would be seriously surprised.
     
  12. Manton

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    I can see paying huge $$ for rare wine (OK, no I can't personally see it since I don't have the $$). What I can't see is paying the hugantic restaurant mark-up for that same bottle. I know that people do this, I have benefitted, but come on.

    On the flipside, I sometimes see older Bordeaux on the menu for close to the going auction price. When I feel flush, I will indulge.
     
  13. dragon8

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    I can see paying huge $$ for rare wine (OK, no I can't personally see it since I don't have the $$). What I can't see is paying the hugantic restaurant mark-up for that same bottle. I know that people do this, I have benefitted, but come on.

    On the flipside, I sometimes see older Bordeaux on the menu for close to the going auction price. When I feel flush, I will indulge.


    I can't see paying the markup on the wines only thats why I bring my wine and pay the corkage fee.
     
  14. SField

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    Seriously? Who in their right mind would willing pay $8 - 10000 for a bottle of wine?

    Special occasion.
     
  15. dragon8

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    Special occasion.

    That will be one expensive meal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  16. SField

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    Not sure. I don't feel comfortable spending more than $200 or so on wine, which limits my overall costs. Not that I won't do it, but I won't do it comfortably, and I won't spend more than double that ever (this is total, not per bottle. I like to spend less than $100/bottle unless there is some special reason.) Also, I don't have much of a love for wine pairings, so given my own choice, I won't do it unless it is the only reasonable option (did at Alinea recently, did not like the pairings.) So, still not sure how much is the most, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't compare to some of the bigger hitters on here.

    Me too. Rarely spend on wine. So many restaurants offer corkage now that it is pointless. Sometimes the really rare stuff is rather fairly priced, but I'm not generally in that ballpark.
     
  17. SField

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    That will be one expensive meal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yes like I said, it was my biggest tab ever, by a long shot. But, it was really business.
     
  18. gomestar

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    About $1100 a bottle if you can get it.

    Yes, and that is the price/bottle if you buy a case, if you are lucky enough to be on the list.

    It will run you 8 to 10 times that in a restaurant
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    $2500-$3500 is pretty much the norm in NYC restaurants for Screagle.
     
  19. VKK3450

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    Question- how do you bring your own wine / do corkage if you are doing a tasting menu / dont know the menu beforehand / etc?

    I rarely spend more that 50 pounds a bottle. My wine taste buds are so crap that even that is lost on me.

    K
     
  20. Da Luis Vuitton Don

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    close to 300.00usd.was mothers day a few years back and i got stuck with the bill for mom, grandma and wifey....
     

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