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Obamas Dine At $1,000-Per-Couple Restaurant


President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, nearing the end of their 17-day vacation in Hawaii, kicked of the new year at one of the most expensive restaurants on the island — where membership is $500,000.

The first couple enjoyed a nearly three-hour, multi-course meal at the Vintage Cave, where a 15-course, prix fixe meal costs a nearly $300 a person, and that’s before the wine, dessert and a tip. A dinner for two can run upwards of $1,000, according to Honolulu Magazine.

“Formally an Asian cuisine restaurant, Vintage Cave recently began serving contemporary French-American food after Jonathan Mizukami, of Napa Valley’s The French Laundry fame, replaced the restaurant’s founding executive chef, the Pacific Business News reports,” the Daily Mail reported.

An example menu posted to YELP lists courses that include caviar, cabbage from Hirabara Farm, Jidori egg yolk, foie gras, King Crab, caramelized white chocolate and Candy Cap Cheesecake. 

Another published at website that covers the Hawaiian social scene, Frolic Hawaii, sang the praises of the quail egg topped with black truffle and a Sturgeon caviar dish served with peach palm panna cotta, oyster glaze and green peppercorn mignonette. 

Owned by eccentric Japanese developer Takeshi Sekiguchi, also behind the Four Seasons Hualālai, the underground restaurant boasts an extensive art collection, including an 18-piece series of Picasso paintings, Les Deux Femmes.



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