Forget mushrooms. The chichi Talon Club at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dishes out a soup with Cordyceps fungus, valued at $14,000 per gram. The high-stakes VIP area at the resort sells the soup for $688 for a bowl.
Dubbed the caterpillar fungus, Cordyceps are found in the Himalayan Mountains and only grow at altitudes of 3,800 meters above sea level where these special caterpillars can survive. Connoisseurs believe the Cordyceps fungus contains powerful healing properties as a natural cancer treatment, an anti-aging supplement, and even an aphrodisiac.
The Talon Club’s soup features black-skinned chicken breast, longan berry, and red date swimming in an earthy, tea-like broth with a quarter ounce of Cordyceps in every bowl.
Beauty & Essex at the resort also features a $1,000 dessert that’s available on Valentine’s Day. Of course, the centerpiece is a round, brilliant cut 0.10-carat white diamond from the Beauty & Essex Pawn Shop at the front of the restaurant.
The extravagant dessert features a tray of espresso macchiato served with sugar jewels in a heart-shaped locket and a chocolate sphere incasing the diamond; a jewelry box filled with glitter dusted doughnuts served with caramel, chocolate and berry dipping sauces; another jewelry box of chocolate hearts with various fillings; and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne.
The restaurant from Chopped judge Chris Santos only plans to serve six desserts at its three locations.
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