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Barack Obama treated wife Michelle to $1000 dinner in Hawaii

By Joanne Sweeney and Andrew Buncombe

Barack Obama treated wife Michelle to a New Year's dinner costing more than $1,000 (£658) in his native Hawaii, it has been revealed.

The special dinner for two at a Honolulu restaurant came at the end of the family's 17-day holiday on the island.

It has sparked off some criticism of elitism by the president who prides himself on representing all of his citizens.

There was no suggestion that the Obamas used public money for their three-hour meal at Vintage Cave.

A report in Honolulu Magazine said the Obamas opted for the $295 per head prix-fixe menu and suggested that with expensive pairing wines for the multiple course tasting meal, the total bill could have topped $1,000.

Many critics picked up on the fact that Vintage Cave offers memberships to clients that can run up to $500,000.

“At Vintage Cave Honolulu, one can enjoy exceptional food and wine at the hands of gifted masters of the culinary arts,” says the restaurant’s website. “'Chef’s recommendation’ commands a gravitas guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning palate. Seasoned sommeliers conduct the process of pairing wine and food with true finesse and style.”

The restaurant  has been made the most of the publicity and posted on Twitter "Thank you to the First Couple for joining us last night."

Source: Independent

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