$1,600 for a burger?
Tilman Fertitta serves up an opulent 24-karat-gold-topped burger for $1,600
The Post Oak Hotel is all about luxurious excess. If the five star-rated spa and $3 million-plus wine inventory don't provide sufficient proof of the lengths that Tilman Fertitta's Galleria-area hotel will go to spoil its well-heeled guests, the Rolls Royce dealership in the lobby certainly should.
But even by the standards of a hotel with a $1 million chandelier, its new burger might be a little over the top. Dubbed the Black Gold burger, it features 16-ounces of Japanese A5 wagyu beef, seared foie gras, black truffle, and truffle aioli. Served on a caviar-infused, 24K gold-topped bun alongside hand-cut 24K golden french fries and paired with a bottle of 2006 Dom Perignon Champagne, the pricey patty rings in at a whopping $1,600.
A Landry's representative couldn't confirm whether anyone has ordered one — yet — but did note that whoever takes the plunge will have it delivered by a white gloved server on on Bernardaud Feuille d’Or china. Also, although it's listed on the menu at H Bar, the burger is available anywhere on the property, meaning one could, at least in theory, have it delivered to Mastro's as an appetizer for the table or served poolside for the ultimate Instagram photo op.
Needless to say, $1,600 is an absurd amount of money to spend on a burger. For the same price, a person could buy almost 70-pounds of brisket from Truth Barbeque, 10 long-bone ribeyes at Georgia James, or all of the dishes on the Better Luck Tomorrow menu 16 times.
From an eating perspective, the track record of ultra-fancy burgers isn't good. CultureMap columnist Ken Hoffman once described the $200 burger at short-lived steakhouse 60 Degrees Mastercrafted as the "gimmick of a desperate restaurant" that didn't measure up to his beloved Fuddrucker's. The Post Oak isn't desperate — being owned by the Billion Dollar Buyer provides serious financial security — but the dining experience is definitely caveat emptor.
To put things in a slightly different perspective, Mastro's charges $200 for a 12-ounce Japanese wagyu New York-strip steak and $35 for foie gras. Add another $50 or so for shaved black truffle. The bottle of Dom Perignon lists for $295. If someone opted to skip the caviar bun and gold-flaked fries, they could apply the $1,000 savings to a night at the hotel and a complete spa treatment.
And maybe another bottle of Dom. Now that's our kind of luxury.