A prestigious British hotel (the Cliveden in Berkshire) is claiming to serve up the world's most expensive sandwich. At £100 ($202), the ‘von Essen Platinum Club Sandwich' is the world's most expensive sandwich, but with an exquisite combination of some of the very finest ingredients.
Cliveden's Executive Head Chef, Daniel Galmiche presides over the Michelin-starred Waldo's Restaurant at the hotel. Made from Iberico ham, poulet de Bresse, white truffles, quail eggs, semi-dried Italian tomatoes and 24-hour fermented sour dough bread, the von Essen Platinum Club weighs 530 grams and is the perfect lunchtime treat for gastronomes.
The Iberico ham comes from the prized black-footed pig (Pata Negra) and is air-cured for 30 months. The poulet de Bresse is described by the French as the ‘fourth gastronomic wonder of the world'. The notoriety of the chicken of Bourg-en-Bresse dates back to the sixteenth century when Henry IV of France demanded its inclusion on the courtly menu. At £2,500 per kilogramme, white truffles are some of the world's most expensive delicacies and a generous 10 grams are included in the ingredients of the sandwich.
A favourite of English King Edward VII and his wife Wallis Simpson, the club sandwich has been enduringly popular since the late nineteenth century when it was believed to be invented. Fit for royalty, von Essen's version is a contemporary interpretation of the classic firmly bringing into line with modern culinary tastes.
That's a whole lot of money to pay for a club sandwich. Don't you think?