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.
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.
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.
“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