Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Unbelievable Dubai – Where Even the Food is Made of Gold

When you think of Dubai, you think of rivers of flowing money and really, really rich people. Gold is everywhere Dubai is definitely a one-of-a-kind rich city, but you have no idea just how extravagant it can be. In Dubai, you can experience the ultimate in conspicuous consumption – eating gold! If you have a couple million dollars to burn, head to Dubai and try out some of these crazy, inexplicably golden items.


1    Edible Gold Ice Cream

So what’s the scoop on the world’s most expensive ice cream? You’d have to ask the only two people in the world who have actually dished out the $817 it costs. Yup, that’s eight hundred seventeen dollars, folks—not a typo. Why so expensive? If you’re going to dine on gold, you’re going to have to pay for it! A Scoopi employee in white gloves and a tux serves Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream topped with rare truffles (yup, the mushroom kind, not the chocolate kind), saffron, and edible gold flakes to the wealthiest of patrons. If you buy it, you can keep the designer bowl and spoon. With that price, you’d better get a souvenir!

Edible Gold Ice Cream

2    Royal Pizza

Hmm, buy a house or a pizza? This is the difficult question that diners must decide while debating whether or not they’re in the mood for this $204,200 pizza. Other than the two ounces of edible gold, this pizza includes two types of truffles, French foie gras (whatever that is), saffron from Kashmir, caviar soaked in fine wine, and Japanese matsutake mushrooms. To be honest, the $10 meat lover’s pizza from my favorite chain sounds more appetizing. And less metallic.

Royal Pizza


3    Golden Phoenix Cupcake

Bloomsbury, a café in Dubai Mall, takes a whole two days to get one of these cupcakes ready for consumption. The cupcake includes vanilla made from Ugandan beans, Italian chocolate, and 23-carat edible gold leaf. The whole thing is dusted with gold and looks absolutely magical. It’s fit for King Solomon, perhaps, but we peasants could never dream of tasting one of these $1007 delights. My only question is, why tack on the extra $7? Why not make it an even grand?

Golden Phoenix Cupcake


4    Plain Old Edible Gold

If you are what you eat, then maybe this book of gold leaf is worth the price. For about $65, you can have 25 tiny sheets of papery 22-carat gold leaf at your disposal. Now, that’s the way to impress your dinner guests. If you really do want to get some edible bling, Secrets Fine Food sells it online.

Plain Old Edible Gold


5    Pomegranate Martini

At Bā Restaurant & Lounge in Fairmont The Palm, the martinis aren’t sparkling because of bubbles. Rather, it is gold dust that glitters in the glass! This isn’t the most expensive gold drink out there, so regular folk can splurge now and then on one of these drinks. Ha, who are we kidding—it still rings up at about $41. Feasible, but worth it? Maybe, if you must ingest gold dust during your trip to Dubai.

Bā Restaurant & Lounge Martini


6    Vogue Café Golden Lemonade

Why not add some gold to your summer sipper? For $21, this could be your most attainable golden bucket item. The lemonade is made with herbs, honey, a secret syrup, and, of course, lemon. On top of the ice, a fine dusting of gold is added for effect. The lemonade is supposed be rather sweet and delicious.

Vogue Café Golden Lemonade


7    The White Gold and The Yellow Gold Tea

At The White Gold Tea Salon and Boutique, you can taste tea made from gold-coated leaves. A cup costs $272 dollars, so few have tasted this spectacular creation. The gold isn’t just a sales gimmick. The floral aftertaste is certainly a unique experience.

The White Gold And The Yellow Gold Tea

8    Lussory’s 24-Carat Gold Alcohol Free Wine

What’s the point of wine if it doesn’t have alcohol? Actually, since Dubai is located in a Muslim country, the “alcohol-free” element makes it much more available to the masses. Besides, take a look at the most stand-out ingredient in this beverage and you won’t even care about the lack of alcohol. For $150 a bottle, you can drink this gold-infused, halal wine.

Lussory’s 24 Carat Gold Alcohol Free Wine



The United Arab Emirates are awash in petro dollars and it shows. Dubai, a gleaming modern wonder, is the most decadent Emirate city of all. When you have so much money that you can literally eat gold, that’s when you know you’ve truly struck it rich.



  1. Cliff
    January 7, 2017 - 10:07 pm

    foie gras….duck liver pate.
    This is a bit too rich for my blood, but it would be worth the money if I had it to spare! Gather a group of friends and head to Dubai for gold food! Split the cost. ha!

    Amazing that gold is so abundant in Dubai that they can put it in food. I think if I had to choose one thing, I would pick the gold ice cream.

  2. Britanica
    January 7, 2017 - 10:08 pm

    I have heard of this before, like the gold actually being part of a meal but I didn’t believe it! Wow!! Talk about a divine dinner! I could not imagine how much those meals cost. LOL! They do look very beautiful. I would imagine there are some benefits to eating gold flakes. I am sure they don’t do it for the benefits though!

  3. Hannah
    January 8, 2017 - 6:37 am

    This is absolutely incredible and also not entirely shocking. Dubai is a very ostentatious and luxurious society, so I can’t say I’m surprised that there are so many ways you can literally eat gold! I have to say, I MIGHT just pay $150 for a bottle of gold-infused wine. Probably not, but probably the most likely of all the things on this list. I can’t believe how much that gold ice cream costs!

  4. Rachael Mills
    January 9, 2017 - 12:44 am

    Reall? someone told me about the gold food in Dubai but I thought it was an exaggeration but what I don’t understand and want to clarify is that is this gold dust used for food from the normal gold metal? because I don’t think that is edible.

  5. Sabine
    January 9, 2017 - 4:42 pm

    I’ve never reached Dubai but one thing’s for sure: I sure wouldn’t be ordering any of these. I feel these foods are way overpriced but then again Rich Kids of Instagram must be regulars in these places. When I travel I like to see new places and experience local cuisines, not spend 200k on a pizza. I don’t know, perhaps I’m old, but I feel this is a big waste, regardless how much money you have. They could use that money to do so many other, better things.

  6. Kerry
    January 10, 2017 - 10:28 am

    Just amazing, I am not willing to pay for it though as I don’t have that much lol, plus I wonder if I will be able to poop those metal out of my body, or would my poop be metallic too? Ouch!

  7. D' Traveler
    January 10, 2017 - 10:30 am

    I see that the prices are too expensive not only because they have edible gold in them, however, ingredients also include the most expensive of their kinds like the duck liver and matsutake mushrooms etc.

  8. June 6, 2017 - 5:14 am

    Do they provide unique or rare tea services too??


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