BEST DINING INDULGENCE
Money to burn is one thing. Money to eat is another. And possessing a whopping bank balance is definitely a requirement if you want to treat anyone to a lavish meal like the Ritz-Carlton's Sensory Odyssey Dinner. When you and your guest arrive, a private butler leads the way through a lush garden down a rose-petal-strewn path to an oceanfront gazebo under the stars. A strolling violinist plays softly as you're served an aphrodisiac-filled five-course dinner that could include chilled oysters; exotic figs with arugula, prosciutto, and pine nuts in a truffle vinaigrette; and coriander-seared tuna with ginger-carrot oil and asparagus. Of course copious quantities of wine, specially paired with each course, flow throughout the night. A chocolate, licorice, and honey dessert accompanied by vanilla coffee and chocolate truffles is likely to bring a sweet ending to the sybaritic feast. The only thing dinner doesn't include: an antacid, which might come in handy when the bill arrives. Dazzling the senses will cost $800 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance.
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