Friday, December 27, 2013

Hawaii: President Obama Dines At Nobu Waikiki With First Family And Friends

Golf, beachtime, and two dining excursions since Dec. 20th
A repeat visit to an acclaimed restaurant that serves "New Style" Japanese cuisine...
Honolulu, HI - After a day spent enjoying the sun and sand on a secure beach at Bellows Air Force Station, President Barack Obama and the First Family on Friday evening lingered over dinner for more than two-and-a-half hours at Nobu Waikiki, an upscale restaurant that serves "New Style" Japanese cuisine.

It is a favorite for the President and First Lady Michelle Obama, who have dined at Nobu for the past three years during their Christmas vacations; they ended last year's island idyll with a family dinner on Jan. 4th, 2013, the night before they headed home to Washington, DC.

The President on Friday arrived at Nobu with his party at 6:48 PM.  "There seemed to be some additional passenger vans in the motorcade this evening--suggesting a group outing with friends," pool reported.  But the White House offered no guest list.

The renowned hotpot, one of chef Nobu Matsuhisa's outlets around the globe, is located in the hip Waikiki Parc, a boutique hotel on Helumoa Road.  The President selected from a pricey menu that offers raw and cooked seafood and beef, "Nobu Style," with cold delights such as Nobu Style Sashimi Tacos, Lobster Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing, Bigeye and Blue Fin Toro.  

Cooked dishes include Black Cod Saikyo Miso, Squid 'Pasta' with Light Garlic Sauce, Blue Fin Toro Tabanyaki, and Beef Tenderloin.  Entrees range in price from $23 to $48, with the Blue Fin at a much higher market price.  Appetizers are between $6 and $25.

A spokesman for the restaurant declined to offer any information, including confirming the President's visit, which had already been confirmed by the White House.    

The dinner was the second edible outing for this vacation:  President Obama and the First Family and friends dined at Morimoto Waikiki last Sunday, Dec. 22.

A crowd in Waikiki watches for the President
By the time the President departed Nobu at 9:30 PM, the tiki-torch lit streets of Waikiki were jammed with hundreds of tourists trying to catch a glimpse of the Eater in Chief.  

"The street was mobbed with people who were filming and taking pictures of the motorcade as the President passed by," pool noted.  Yellow caution tape was installed across sidewalks as a barrier, and street closures were in effect. 

The President and his entourage arrived back at their rental home in Kailua by motorcade at 10:10 PM, and Day 7 of the vacation came to an end.

The visit to Morimoto was also a repeat eating excursion for the President and Mrs. Obama,  and if they continue their dining deja vu, they will next visit Alan Wong's in Honolulu, as they have in past years.  UPDATE: As predicted, the President and Mrs. Obama dined at Alan Wong's on Dec. 30.

The President began his day with an early morning workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, spending about an hour at the gym, leaving the rental home just before 8:00 AM and returning shortly after 9:00 AM.  

After, he headed to Bellows Air Force Station shortly after 11:30 AM for family beachtime under bright and sunny skies.  The white sand beach is lined with Ironwood trees, and the President and his family spent the day on the (secure) military side, with the public part of the beach closed for the day.  Pool was held far from the action at at a nearby park.

The President has no public or official events scheduled for the duration of his vacation and is scheduled to return to Washington, DC, on Jan. 5th, 2014.

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Information:  Nobu is at 2233 Helumoa Rd, Honolulu, HI, 96815.  Phone: 808-237-6999.

*Top photo by Getty/pool, taken on Dec. 23 at Mid Pacific Country Club in Lanikai; crowd photo by Maeve Reston/pool.