Food is something many of us take for granted, even if we do enjoy it. We like to discover more unusual and exciting ideas, exploring the different ways people have found to enjoy food as well as cafe and restaurant culture. We also think that great eating experiences don’t have to cost a huge amount of money most of the time! However, that’s not to say that we don’t recommend indulging in some truly luxurious treats from time to time. Here are some of our favourite brands, products and places if you’re looking for a unique gourmet experience.
Siberian & Russian Caviar
You may know that caviar is becoming more of an everyday food in a sense, despite its traditional opulent connotations. Even supermarkets offer basic iterations of the famous delicacy, but the true luxury brands are still well worth the investment. For example, the Royal Siberian caviar and the Russian sturgeon caviar called Royal Oscietra Caviar are among the best we have found in the UK.
Parisian Foie Gras
L’Ami Louis is said to be the home of the finest foie gras on the planet, so we recommend a trip to Paris is this takes your fancy. Best served chilled on a piece of toasted baguette, this sublime delicacy is enjoyed by many of the fussiest critics – just be sure not to mistake it for everyday paté if you’re speaking to one of them.
Perhaps our most unusual choice for a luxury snack, but one that is considered one of the best, eels fetch a high price (around €150 a pound) in Madrid’s finest restaurants. They have the appearance of grey pasta, but a delicate texture and taste to rival the finest seafood.
Italian Balsamic Vinegar
The acidic sweetness of balsamic vinegar is something many people enjoy, but you might not necessarily think of it as a luxury product. For £100 per bottle, however, you might rethink that attitude! Nonantola in Italy is renowned as the home of the best balsamic vinegar in the world, and that’s where you can expect to pay similar prices for a small bottle of aceto balsamico which has been matured for 25 years.