Controversial and unacceptable for some, you're likely to be in one of two camps. If it's distasteful to you I suggest you don't read on. Don't complain to me, as I'm unlikely to change my mind.
This is because for me personally, any other issues are completely overridden by just how bloody delicious it is. For connoisseurs it is quite simply the best thing you can put in your mouth, like a meaty delectable butter, the ultimate in divine luxurious food.
Here's my Top 5 Foie gras dishes. (Click on the links for full reviews).
1. La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise, Prague.
Foie gras, grape juice jelly.
It was the texture of it, like a cold wet grated foie jelly, christ almighty this was so good!
2. Azurmendi, Bilbao
Foie Gras Ashes.
An unusual one, I loved it's smoky flavour, Mrs B wasn't so sure. I've never tasted anything like it, and we were lucky enough to be the first customers to try it; what an honour. The combination of the crunch of the toast and the delicate smoky flavour was unsurpassed.
3. Akelaŕe San Sebastian.
Sautéed Fresh Foie Gras with 'Salt Flakes' and 'Grain Pepper'.
Mrs B's favourite, so stunning soft and gooey, the 'salt' was sugar crystals and the 'black pepper' was black fried rice.
4. Hergetova Cihelna, Prague.
The Burger Royal: Foie Gras burger.
I've had this perfect combination of burger and foie in a few places in Spain (often amusingly called a McFoie), this was especially good.
5. Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, London.
Foie gras and quail.
In those halcyon days before I blogged or took photos of every bloody thing I ate, I have no record of this. I just remember loving it at the time.