Norma’s – a restaurant in Manhattan’s upscale Le Parker Meridien Hotel – wins the gold for world’s most expensive omelette. This egg-cellent omelette, called the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata, is priced at $1,000. It might hurt your wallet, but this delicious creation is one breakfast you don’t want to skip.
So why is this omelette any different from the standard $10 Denny’s omelette? This tantalizing omelette is stuffed with lobster – one whole lobster, to be exact – and topped off with a nice pile of caviar.
The American Sturgeon caviar used to cover the top of the omelette sells for about $65 per ounce, and Norma’s uses 10 ounces. That’s $650 worth of premium caviar sitting atop your delicious omelette. The other $350 goes toward the whole lobster, eggs, cream, and chives.
Marisa Zafran, Le Parker Meridien’s director of public relations, told MailOnline that Norma’s “actually [does] not make much money on it; we sell it at about cost.”
Emile Castillo, Norma’s executive chef, said that the restaurant just wanted to have some fun with the omelette.
We knew it was going to be a very expensive dish, so we decided to have some fun with it. It tastes incredible, though. It’s not just a gimmick.
For you quality food-lovers on a budget, Norma’s offers a cheaper version of the omelette – only cheaper in cost, not in taste, of course! The scaled down version is $100 and also tastes heavenly (and I’m speaking from personal experience).
According to Zafran, the restaurant sells about 12 $1,000 omelettes each year and about 10 $100 omlettes each month. Even those numbers seem surprising, but maybe they’re so high because Norma’s writes a little challenge next to the dish: “Norma dares you to expense this.” It seems that some people have accepted that challenge. And I bet it was worth every penny.
When we launched the omelette in 2004, expensive food wasn’t a trend. The idea was decadent and funny.
Le Parker Meridien and Norma’s are known for their humor and, of course, their delicious breakfast concoctions.
Norma’s Donut Even Go There French Toast, which is cheesecake-stuffed and coconut-rolled french toast served with orange drizzle and vanilla ice cream, is a popular dish.
Another favorite (well, my favorite), is the Chocolate Decadence French Toast. I can finish this chocolatey, gooey, strawberry-y, pistachio-y, and whipped creamy plate of deliciousness in about ten minutes – that’s how good it is.
But Norma’s will probably remain most famous for their outrageously expensive omelette. Two years ago, a London restaurant called Bosidale served what they thought would be the world’s most expensive omelette, pricing in at a mere $140. How wrong they were!
All of Norma’s breakfasts are scrumptious and beautifully presented. But if you’re a person who can appreciate good food and you’re looking for a challenge, then I, Tatiana, dare you to expense this omelette. Or at least indulge yourself with the $100 one.