$A204 sandwich to go on sale
From correspondents in London
April 09, 2006
A NEW gourmet sandwich is to go on sale at an upmarket London store tomorrow - but at a cost of £85 ($204) it could be too much to swallow for hungry shoppers.
The cheekily-named McDonald sandwich - after its creator Scott McDonald, the executive chef of department store Selfridges on Oxford Street - earns its whopping price tag because of the Wagyu beef that makes up most of the filling.
According to the the UK's Sunday Telegraph, which had a taster of the expensive delicacy, the 595g sandwich comprises 24-hour fermented sour dough bread, spread with a foie gras-flavoured mayonnaise.
It also contains Brie de Meaux, considered one of Europe's finest cheeses, English cherry tomatoes and rocket, plus roasted peppers.
"Utterly fantastic mixture of tastes," one of Britain's leading chefs, Giorgio Locatelli, told the newspaper through a mouthful of the sandwich.
"Tangy, sweet... a monster mouthful that would be a really sexy love food to share with a lover. The beef simply melts, it falls apart. I'm impressed."
The newspaper said five orders had been taken so far in advance of the sandwich going on sale.