If you are anything like me, the second you decide to order either an appetizer or dessert at a moderately priced restaurant to accompany your main meal, you're no longer just going out to dinner — you are indulging; splurging on something special; treating yo'self.
So if that’s a lavish gourmet experience, what do we call an eight-hour, 18-course modern Asian degustation dinner (with the included gift of a 2.08-carat diamond ring)?
Apparently, the prospect is so extravagant that it doesn’t even have a name — but it’s real, ya’ll. For a cool $2 million, the World of Diamonds — makers of The Jane Seymour Vivid Blue Diamond Ring — is curating a special night for two high-spending diners.
The entire repast is an 8-hour retreat which includes a helicopter ride over Singapore, a chauffeured Rolls-Royce drive, a luxurious cruise journey, 10,000 fresh roses decorating the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which will set the stage for an 18-course dinner at Singaporean restaurant Ce’ La Vi, with a 360-degree view of the city, 44- and 55-year-old vintage wines, and The Jane Seymour Vivid Blue diamond ring.
“This is the most expensive dining experience in the world, and the most lavish one possible,” Karan Tilani, Director of the World of Diamonds Group, told Forbes. “As a diamond mining group, we recognize that Ce’ La Vi is a diamond in the sky. [We expect] the response will be beyond overwhelming, but it’s only two diners who will eventually have the privilege.”
Forget forks and knives; Forbes reports that the utensils of choice for this meal will be diamond-studded chopsticks with the diners’ names engraved on them, and they will be seated in custom-made furniture configured to their tastes.
At midnight, the blue diamond ring — which is one of a kind, and designed to celebrate award-winning actress Jane Seymour — will be presented, along with Louis XIII de Remy Martin cognac. A display of extravagant fireworks will accompany the ceremony.
“If you consider all of this, then the dinner is a bargain indeed,” says Tilani.
Sound affordable and worth it? Tilani urges all who are interested to apply, but warned that “…because WOD Group supplies to luxury design houses and reputable diamond jewelers, we may have to offer our existing clients priority for The Jane Seymour ring, and therefore, priority over the dining experience. However, we still welcome additional interest globally.”