May 23, 2016 01:00 PM

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Anthony Bourdain had a very special dinner companion Monday night in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Parts Unknown host—and Real Housewives phobic—grabbed a casual meal with President Obama at Bún chả Hương Liên, a restaurant near the capital city’s old quarter. (Bún chả is a traditional dish from the area that includes grilled pork served in a broth or dipping sauce,with by rice noodles and fresh herbs.). The sit-down will air on the chef’s CNN show in September when the culinary travel series returns for its eighth season.

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Despite the laid-back setting, the scene outside was anything but chill.

When word of the President’s appearance got out, people flocked to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s most famous faces. Many took to social media to share photos from his visit, including Carol Lee, a White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, who posted pictures of swarms of people outside the restaurant.

Obama greets crowd outside Hanoi restaurant after dining w Anthony Bourdain

— Carol Lee (@carolelee) May 23, 2016

Obama is dining w Anthony Bourdain at Bún chả Hương Liên in Hanoi for episode of his show to air in Sept, per WH

— Carol Lee (@carolelee) May 23, 2016

After about 65 minutes, Pres Obama emerges from Hanoi dinner out with @Bourdain.(Pool photo by @Kevinliptakcnn)

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 23, 2016

Posted menu food and dishes on display at Bún chả Hương Liên restaurant where @POTUS and @Bourdain dined.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 23, 2016

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From tacos in Texas to cinnamon rolls in Alaska, President Obama has had many culinary adventures while in office, and this one looked especially fun. Bourdain  took to Instagram to share a photo of the pair drinking beers and enjoying their meal.

Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 23, 2016

“The President’s chopstick skills are on point. #buncha #hanoi”‘ said the chef. He also tweeted another with the caption: “Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.”

So, who paid? That would be Bourdain, “Total cost of bun Cha dinner with the President: $6.00,” he tweeted. “I picked up the check.”

–Michelle Ward Trainor

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