President Obama vowed to make reducing income inequality the focus of the final years of his presidency. But first, dinner.
Obama and his wife Michelle ate last night at one of the most exclusive restaurants in the country, Honolulu’s Vintage Cave. The place reportedly features a $295 tasting menu, which means once you start adding in wine, tax, and tip, you’re headed toward a meal for two costing $1,000.
The joint, according to the restaurant’s website, is a feast for the body and the soul.
Something all of humanity shares in common is the cave. It occupies a special place in the heart and mind that connects with the soul . . . however advanced we become, there always lurks in the deep recesses of our hearts a yearning to return to the basics of our ancestral origins.
Vintage Cave Honolulu brings that secret longing to life. Its walls and ceilings are masoned with 150,000 antique style bricks. Its flooring is of granite quarried in the mountains of India. Furniture and fixtures were all custom crafted to create unique and comfortable cavern echoing the underground architecture of ancient Rome.
Well now that’s not quite true. The vast majority of our ancestors did not live in caves. Just because some effete French paleo drew some pictures on a stalactite doesn’t mean the rest of us lived there too.
Maybe they can place their next restaurant in a tree, which in fact we did come from. When they branch out, so to speak.
Here’s a portion of the Cave:
It appears there’s running water.
Anyway, I don’t know about you, but I’m not longing, generally speaking, to “return” to a cave, whether I came from there or not. Though I wouldn’t mind spending time in this particular cave.
According to Honolulu’s Pacific Business News:
Art valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, by artists such Pablo Picasso and Mordecai Ardon, line walls made of bricks that were specially made for the restaurant and laid by 10 bricklayers flown in from Yugoslavia.
The wine cellar holds bottles that are worth thousands of dollars — the most expensive one is a 2009 Grand Cru Moaopole that costs $16,000 A shot of 50-year-old Macallan single-malt Scotch from the members-only bar costs $6,000. The restaurant has a “private society” member roster of around 550 clientele who have paid either $50,000 or $500,000 to dine at the restaurant . . . The clients use the credit toward food and drink.
A sample of the tasting menu from a customer on Yelp who partook of the Vintage Cave experience.
1. Smoked brioche with golden Osetra caviar, creme fraiche, marcona almonds
2. Caramel popcorn with habanero and caviar
3. The Ocean- 7 pieces of wonderful ocean goodness
4. Salmon roe with potato purée
5. Charred Hirabara cabbage with anchovy boullion
7. Agnolotti with spinach, artichoke and pork belly
8. Brioche – same as #1
9. Jidori egg yolk with truffle
10. Foie gras mousse
11. Smoked duck pastrami sandwiches
12. Chicken glazed onaga
13. Snake river Farms wagyu beef with sancho peppercorn sauce and white Asparagus
14. Intermezzo melon sorbet
15. Yogurt mousse with compressed plum and candied ume with raspberry vinaigrette
16. Petit fours
So, yeah, the Obamas are wealthy people, and if they want to go to this restaurant they have every right to. But when your politics are based in class warfare and you term income inequality “the defining challenge of our time,” it sure does reek of hypocrisy to drop $1,000 on a meal during your 17-day Hawaii vacation.
But the term “limousine liberal” is hardly something new.