Grilled cheese sandwiches are so simple that most people don’t even order them at a restaurant because you can do it yourself at home in minutes. You get two pieces of bread, one slice of cheese (at least), butter the outside of the sandwich, and stick the cheese in the middle (that part is key), place the sandwich in a frying pan and then cook it on either side until your sandwich is golden brown. Or, if you’re a slobbish character in a movie, you just use a clothes iron and press it in seconds. Despite the ease of people making their own, that didn’t stop Serendipity 3 in New York City from creating the most expensive grilled cheese sandwich in the world. They call it the Quintessential Grilled Cheese, because of course they do.
The sandwich is made using French Pullman bread that is infused with Dom Perignon champagne and 24 karat gold flakes. The butter is a white truffle spread and the cheese is Caciocavallo Podolico, which is a rare Italian cheese that is made from the milk of free-range cows that are fed an aromatic diet of fennel grasses and wild strawberries. If that isn’t enough, the sandwich is then dipped in gold leaf. The good news is that your golden grilled cheese comes with soup. It’s Campbell’s tomato soup, straight from the can. No, not really. It is a tomato soup with South African lobster and truffle oil. One soup and sandwich will cost you $214, which is about $13 a bite.