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For those with rich palates

Billionaires with a big appetite and a bank account to match may like to order this 10-course gourmet meal served up to diners at a restaurant in Thailand last year.

Billionaires with a big appetite and a bank account to match may like to order this 10-course gourmet meal served up to diners at a restaurant in Thailand last year.

Crème brûlée of foie gras with Tonga beans washed down with 1990 Louis Roederer Cristal, followed by Tartar of Kobe beef with Imperial Beluga caviar and Belons oyster were among the delicacies served up at The Dome Restaurant in Bangkok in February 2007.

Six chefs were jetted in from France, Germany and Italy, while the ingredients they used were also flown in from all corners of the globe. The 15 lucky guests who were able to sample the culinary delights on offer were mainly real estate and gaming moguls from across Asia and the United States.

And the cost of what has been billed as the most expensive meal ever, not including tax and the sizeable tip? An ingestion-inducing $30,000. The wine list available to guests included a number of rare vintages.

The cost of the drink was estimated at around $200,000, with 1961 Château Palmer, 1955 Château Latour and 1959 Château Mouton Rothschild among the wines guzzled down by guests. The meal was served on the 65th floor of the luxurious Lebua Hotel.

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