In honor of National Cheese Month, Chicago’s Deca Restaurant and Bar in the Ritz-Carlton hotel has offered the “Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese” for $100 – topped with an edible gold leaf and a duck egg.
The cheese, grilled inside two slices of artisan country sourdough bread, is a 40-year-old aged Wisconsin cheddar infused with 24K gold flakes. Thinly sliced black Iberico ham from “pigs living primarily in the South of Spain, allowed to roam free in the pasture eating acorns” is also added. Finally, heirloom tomatoes drizzled with one-hundred-year-old balsamic vinegar are added.
The finishing touches include aioli, a spread like mayonnaise, sprinkled with truffles and a sunny side up duck egg.
As if the sandwich wasn’t enough, the restaurant offers a side skillet of lobster mac n’cheese that they call the “ultimate culinary indulgence.”
Food critics have yet to be dazzled by the high class sandwich, noting that the choice of cheese may not be ideal and quail egg might be a superior choice to duck.
Clark Wolf, author of “American Cheeses,” noted that a luxury grilled cheese in itself is almost wrong.
“For me, the ultimate grilled sandwich is one made by me in my pajamas,” he said.