There are two Americas. In one, you can build a house the size of a shopping mall. In that America, you can also spend $3,900 on a single meal. And throw in a little more for the chef’s travel expenses.

If Kanye West were to walk into the British Raj’s dining room and order dinner, it would cost the rapper about $17.50. But since the restaurant is delivering — from Wales to New York — it’s going to cost a bit more.

For a feast of onion bhajees, chapati breads, biryanis, pappadums, a specially prepared fish dish and vegetables on the side, the bill will top $3,900, plus travel and accommodation for the restaurant’s head chef.

The meal was requested for West and seven guests by a music promotion company, the restaurant said Sunday. The company had previously ordered food from the restaurant near Cardiff, Wales, for an after-show party for a Snoop Dogg concert in London.

But this is different. Normally, they don’t deliver outside a 3-mile radius of the restaurant, which is about 150 miles west of London.

The meal will be prepared, cooled, shrink-wrapped and packed in dry ice in the British Raj’s kitchens and — along with head chef Kaysor Ahmed — will be helicoptered from Wales to London’s Heathrow Airport on Tuesday.

From there, the chef is to hop a flight to New York — monitoring the food’s temperature all the way — clear customs, and head for Manhattan, where the meal is to be served during a meeting Wednesday.

Two Americas, ladied and gents. In my America, my house can’t fit a couple of 777s wing to wing. And I drive a car that’s worth about as much as Kanye West’s lunch.

(thanks to DrT)

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