Tacos typically have a reputation for being cheap and tasty, packed with flavor wrapped in a tortilla that’s small enough to pick up with one hand. But there is one Los Cabos hotel that is breaking the mold, with a taco priced $25,000. It’s listed on the menu of Frida, a contemporary Mexican cuisine with an artful twist found in Grand Velas Los Cabos.
Just how can a taco come with that kind of price point? Chef Juan Licerio Alcala explained the luxurious list of ingredients, which includes a surf and turf mixture of lobster tail, Kobe beef, and Almas Beluga caviar. Add to that black truffle brie cheese, Morita chili pepper salsa, a sprinkle of civet coffee and a secret sauce with Ley .925 ultra-premium añejo tequila – all wrapped up in a gold flake infused corn tortilla.
Chefs at Frida recommend that guests pair the most expensive taco in the world with a bottle of Mexico’s finest Ley. 925 Pasión Azteca Ultra-Premium Añejo, which adds an additional $150,000 to the cost. Chef Alcala created the most luxe taco and tequila mix in the world for guest looking for unique experiences in Los Cabos that are off the beaten path.
Commenting on his creation, he explained “People are excited and a little surprised about how you can eat a taco for $25,000 (497,000 pesos) when you can find one on the street for 10 pesos, then I explain the delicacy, the technique and the harmony that they will lift from the plate, and that it’s worth it.” Each ingredient that goes in is cooked and seasoned separately before coming together for the final touches. YouTube super chef Nick DiGiovanni tried it out, noting it as “really decadent” and “really good” in his taste experience.
Because of the price and the delicacy of each ingredient, guests cannot just walk in and order. For starters, those who order must be a guest at Gran Las Velas resort staying in a presidential suite. Secondly, they must put down a deposit of $12,500 to secure their dish. As long as those two requirements are met, guests can request any special notes, as the restaurant promises to adjust to any qualifying guest.
Frida is open for dinner only from 6pm to 11pm. Guests interested in trying the most expensive taco in the world or any of the other rich delicacies on the menu of Frida Los Cabos will need to make a reservation. While open most of the year, Frida tends to fill up during busy times, with many seeking dishes and pairings that they can’t find anywhere else. They are also considered an elegant-casual restaurant and do not permit guests with any kind of beach sandals, tank tops, or shorts.
On their menu, guests can find nine different types of tacos, including some off the wall combos. One taco that’s listed as $550 features crispy ribeye with smoked tomatillo sauce and a dab of freshly made guacamole. Another is vegan friendly, with a price tag of $300 that’s filled with mushrooms sauteed in garlic mojo, roasted cauliflower hummus, and a hint of mint.
Grand Velas Resort is an all-inclusive luxury resort specializing in ultra-luxe abodes and multi-gen experiences. The beachfront property features 304 suites, all of which have views of the ocean from a personal patio. It takes only 20 minutes by car from Los Cabos airport and transportation can be arranged. Included in the experience are several amenities, including spa treatments inspired by ceremonies and rituals inspired by ancient peoples and an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.