It's common to be asked 'You want fries with that?' while ordering in a restaurant. To which many of us will offer a cursory 'yes', because, after all, it's only fries. But how about when those fries come in at $200 a portion?
At restaurant Serendipity 3, they don't do things by halves. The New York restaurant is celebrating its re-opening (after coronavirus restrictions lifted) with a $200 portion of fries, aka the “Creme de la Creme Pommes Frites”, sprinkled with gold and showered in truffle shavings. Naturally, the $200 fries come served on a crystal plate alongside their record-breaking expensive burger ($295) and ice cream sundae ($1,000).
“We really got the opportunity to showcase some ingredients we typically don’t feature every single day,” chef Schoen-Kiewert told the New York Post. “So we thought about fries, you typically think truffles, truffle oil, we think super high-end creams. We also see mornay sauce, just your basic cheese sauce, and we wanted to elevate that.”
The decadent fries have already created a stir, with an eight-to-ten week waiting list for them, according to CNN, making them probably the most popular as well as the most expensive fries on earth, as certified by the Guinness Book of Records.
The triple-cooked chips are made with upstate Chipperbeck potatoes, which are first blanched in Dom Perignon Champagne and J.LeBlanc French Champagne Ardenne Vinegar to lower their starch content and make them extra crunchy, then twice fried in pure goose fat from France, first at 320˚F and again at 375˚F.
Once cooked, they are sprinkled with French Guerande truffle salt, then tossed in Urbani summer truffle oil and topped with sheep cheese, Crete Senesi Pecorino Tartufello and shavings of black truffles foraged from Volterra and Miniato. A final shaving of black summer truffles from Umbria in Italy completes the decadent look. An accompanying Mornay cheese dip is also infused with truffles.
The fries and sauce are then served on a Baccarat crystal Arabesque plate and finished with 23K edible gold dust, at $150 a gram, to complete the experience.
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