The New Year is here, hoorah, pip pip and lots of cheer. With the coming of 2015 comes the unavoidable re-cap of 2014 in all its good, bad and ugly glory. As January is the traditional month of scrimping, penny scrabbling and the "I'm broke as a joke" chorus, we're taking a look back at last year's most ridiculous expenditures and over-the-top creations as a final send off for 2014 (seemingly the year of excess). As the saying goes: don't hate the player, hate the game.
Gold Plated Patty - The £1,000 BURGER
Declared as the World's most expensive burger, Honky Tonk present the 'Glamburger'; One mighty meaty hunk of extravagance using some of the globes most lavish ingredients. You know, just for 5h1ts and gigs of course. Lucky (wealthy) feasters were offered the opportunity to sink their teeth into a slab of Kobe Wagyu Beef mixed with New Zealand Venison, Black Truffle Brie, Maple Syrup Cured Bacon, Beluga Caviar, a Hickory Smoked Duck Egg coated in Gold Leaf all inside a Japanese Matcha seasoned and Gold Leaf decorated Brioche Bun with a Mango & Champagne Jus topped with grated White Truffle. Oh, and don't forget the side of Canadian Lobster poached in Iranian Saffron ... WOW, what a beast. This glorified burger came in at a whopping £1,100. All we can say is, we hope gold leaf tastes good...
London's Diamond Encrusted Drink, BonBonniere Club
(While we're yet to hear confirmation on the exact price of this encrusted cocktail, our writers guesses sit as follows: £5000, £10000 and £8 Million)
Having made its mark on London's nightlife scene as a haunt where you can expect to be showered in opulence, glamour and an A-list celeb calling, BonBonniere is infamous for something other than its exclusive clubbing following. Have you ever felt your drink is missing that certain pzazz or wow factor? Enter what is purely described as "the world’s most luxurious and exquisite cocktail". Served in a Swarovski encrusted Fabergé Egg, you'll find a gold mine of Jeroboam of Armand de Brignac Champagne, two bottles of Imperial Collection Russian Vodka, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Liqueur and a side of Beluga Caviar. Wash all that down with a diamond necklace and you have yourself one of the most poised (all-be-it pretentious) and spectacular drink offerings in London. Can we say the world? We dread to welcome competitors to this stage. What will it be next ... a sports car with your Martini Mr Bond?
The Supercar Spirit: Coming in poll position at £53
Lamborghini is a super brand that lays claim to all that is ostentatious, flamboyant, rich and sensationally flashy. With that in mind, is it any wonder that last year saw the folk behind Lamborghini unveil the Tonino Lamborghini Vodka. No, it's not. This spirit has undertaken a charming little journey carrying flavour from farms in Slovakia and body from The Balkans to finally be doused in the freshest waters of the Alpine Springs in Franciacorta, Italy. Sounds idyllic, doesn't it? 40%, oh-so-smooth and best served neat (like all good spirits) you can purchase a 70cl bottle for £53. Ooft. For those hungering for a litre of this specialist brew, we reckon you're looking at close to a hundred bob! This fine Italian produced Vodka has taken up residence in Knightsbridge (but of course) at The Beauchamp where you can sample it as a clean, crisp base to many a cocktail or hit the shots for its true taste explosion.
Fly to Norway OR buy a Steak for the same price at £150, M Restaurants
The opening of Martin Williams M Restaurants this Winter was one of meaty royalty. The mammoth multi-faceted eatery houses M Raw, M Grill, M Bar & M Wine creating one hell of a wonderland for the urban carnivore, the uber healthy and the food and drink connoisseur. Bringing his expertise from the exemplar Gaucho franchise, Martin Williams reintroduces those specialist cuts of beef so prized in the meat industry - Wagyu and Kobe (cue dribbling). Sourcing from lands as far as Japan and Australia, it was the Tajima-Gyu Kobe 150g Fillet Steak that caught our tastebuds tingling. For a cool £150 you can experience this Grade 10+ slab of beefy heaven and never look back. Now, that is one tender, marbled mouthful of money well spent. Holidays come and go, but a good steak stays with you forever.