Opulence is second nature for those living in the UAE. While exotic landscapes and sprawling shopping spaces best define the Arabian nation’s love for the extravagant, its compulsive need for ‘all things grand’ was lately extended to the world of culinary by Russell Impiazzi and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani, (Chairman of Sharjah’s department of Statistics and Community Development) who recently created UAE’s new super-burger – The Burg-Khalifa.
The ‘larger than life’ food item was created and sold as part of the Pink Bite auction, organized by Pink Caravan, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of breast cancer. The mouthwatering piece of junk was curated with the help of many rare ingredients, including the finest Japanese wagyu beef and a 25-year-old balsamic roasted heirloom tomato that was further topped off with what the Sheikh hyped as “the ultimate burger sauce” along with beetroot and black sesame brioche. The winning bid for the luxury burger was made by lifestyle magazine Villa 88 for a whopping 25,000 AED ($7,000).
In spite of being created minus any gold leaf or diamonds, each bite of the hefty burger roughly worked up to about Dhs1,500, the entire proceeds of which went to charity of course. The Burg – Khalifa has also outdone all previous records to rank as the most expensive burger in the world (the previous record being of $5,000 in Las Vegas). Fancy biting into thy exotica?