This Restaurant Used To Offer A $2,000 Lobster Frittata

There are certain items on a restaurant menu that you just know will likely come with a higher price tag, such as fresh seafood or very high-quality meat. Lobster is certainly on that list of pricier ingredients, but even diners that frequently treat themselves to fresh lobster while out to dinner may find themselves in slight sticker shock thanks to a particular item at the now-closed Norma's in New York City. The eatery, which was located in the Parker Meridien Hotel, was known as a breakfast and brunch spot, and those who really wanted to indulge could order the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata (via Norma's NYC). You won't actually need a zillion dollars, as the name implies — the decadent dish could be all yours for the price of $2,000, per Yahoo.

Despite what the name might imply, the price tag wasn't just because of the lobster, although that's certainly a premium ingredient. Instead, the restaurant had to charge the staggering amount per plate because the seemingly simple frittata came piled with 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar. Although, if you're looking to save or simply don't envision yourself eating quite that much caviar, they also had a more budget-friendly option that cost $200 for a frittata with just one ounce of caviar atop it. Interestingly, that particular frittata was the only item on the menu with a crazy price — most were in the reasonable range for a nice brunch dish.

What makes Sevruga caviar so special?

Sevruga is one of the types of caviar that comes from sturgeon fish, and while it's still very pricy, it's a little bit more manageable on the wallet than other sturgeon caviar because of how the Sevruga sturgeon can reproduce more quickly (via Taste Atlas). This particular type of caviar has quite soft, small eggs that vary from black to light gray in color, and despite their diminutive form, they are absolutely packed with flavor. In particular, Sevruga caviar is said to have a fantastic balance of butteriness and a bit of salty briny flavor notes, making it a great pairing for brunch fare.

If you wanted to order a mere 250 grams of caviar in order to replicate Norma's lobster frittata at home, particularly now that the spot has shuttered, you'd have to pay a price pretty comparable to the restaurant dish. Just a cup of the caviar alone clocks in at nearly $1,000 (via Caviar Centre). However, it might be just the ticket for an outrageously decadent weekend brunch — after all, if you can't visit Norma's anymore, the closest thing would be to recreate this dish in your own kitchen.