Thursday, December 24, 2009
Most expensive Schnitzel - 'Golden Imperial
Schnitzel' sets world record
DUSSELDRF, Germany--The Golden
Imperial Schnitzel, offered at the Schnitzelhuber
restaurant for 150 euros ($216) is sprinkled with 24-carat
goldand sets the world record for the Most
Swathed in 24-carat gold, the Most
expensive Schnitzel outshines the sausage and meatball
dishes on the menu, which start at under five euros. (enlarge
While just milligrams of gold leaf are needed,
the recipe requires a few grams of truffles. The schnitzel
is topped with a white Alba truffle pate, a few milligrammes
of leaf gold and black truffles on top.
Patrons must carry it themselves on trays
from the checkout to their tables. Other schnitzel dishes
at the eatery start at €4.95.
Thomas Huber, who runs the Schnitzelhuber
restaurant in Dusseldorf, confirmed the 24-carat gold leaf
draped over the crumbed fillet of veal added no flavour. "Gold
is tasteless," he said.
"Gold has no taste," Huber said, but it
gives the dish an attractive glimmer. Huber says the imperial
schnitzel comes with a traditional potato salad and a glass
He is not the first to have the idea, Huber
admits. In fact his imperial
schnitzel revives regal eating habits that stretch back
at least 1,000 years, he told the Duesseldorf tabloid Express.
"The Eastern Roman emperor Basileus used to order his best
pieces of meat be topped with leaf gold."
Rich people picked up the habit but it was
finally prohibited in 1514 – until Huber resurrected it in
2006, when he first put in on his menu.
Huber has been serving the Most
expensive Schnitzel for three years at the Berger
Straße restaurant, selling a total of about 100, but has only
recently begun actively promoting it, he said.
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