Five of the Spendiest Single Menu Items Around the Bay

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'Tis the time of year for blowing your wad, on whatever, so please be advised there are several spots where you could do this most expeditiously via a single, luxe menu item.

Brasserie S&P's $50 Margarita

Some might say expensive tequila should only be drunk neat, but over at Brasserie S&P at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel they're mixing up a super-Cadillac version of a margarita with DeLeon Anejo tequila. Maybe we should call this a Lamborghini Margarita, but they're calling it The Emperatriz. It's also got Grand Marnier, agave syrup, fresh lime juice, coriander & Maldon salt on the rim, a teaspoon of finger lime "caviar," and gold flake on a fancy, "premium luxury" ice cube.

Quince's Prix Fixe Menu With White Truffle Add-On

A proper dinner at Quince always begins with caviar. Their current prix fixe offering ($158 plus $110 for wine pairings) also features Dungeness crab, suckling pig, and venison, and for an additional $85 you can get white truffles shaved on things, while they're in season. Add to that an $18 cheese course supplement, and you're looking at $371 per person, before tax and tip.

Smuggler's Cove's $725 Mai Tai

For the baller who really likes rum, this is the place to blow a more modest person's week's salary on a single cocktail. Smuggler's Cove barman Martin Cate is mixing up the city's single most expensive libation using 50-year-old Appleton Estate Limited Edition Jamaican rum. It's also the most expensive commercially available rum currently in the U.S.

The Starlight Room's $200 Angel's Share

Another baller's cocktail, this one served high atop the Sir Francis Drake hotel in their famed view bar, is this version of the Angel's Share, featuring a glass flamed with Chartreuse V.E.P., and filled with a mixture of Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac, Charbay walnut liqueur, and Porto Rocha 20-year Tawny Port. Those are some richy rich ingredients there, and they add up. To $200.

The $1200 'Decadence' Menu At Katsu

They're not advertising it anymore -- in fact, the restaurant is advertising only a modest $60 per person tasting menu, perhaps after backlash over their more luxe options that ranged from $200 to $1200 when they opened -- but Katsu in Los Gatos would still probably gladly take your money for their top-of-the-line omakase menu, featuring several kinds of Russian caviar we don't know how they got their hands on, Wagyu beef, and Pacific Spiny Lobster Sashimi with 24-karat gold leaf. Definitely where you want to go if Sergey Brin asks you on a date. 

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