“Ramen, are you kidding? Ram-out.”
This weekend, President Trump landed in Japan — the first stop on his 12-day Asia tour, and a country with more Michelin-starred dining opportunities than any other. This was something President Obama took full advantage of on his 2014 trip by eating Jiro Ono’s world-famous sushi. For Trump’s welcome-to-Japan dinner last night, though, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took him to Ginza Ukai Tei, a restaurant known for teppanyaki, that traditional iron-griddle cooking style Americans know very well, thanks to Benihana.
According to the Ukai restaurant chain, Abe, Trump, and their wives were served a “special menu” that included the restaurant’s “best quality” steak, grilled scallops, and a chocolate sundae for dessert. Earlier for lunch yesterday, he enjoyed a hamburger after playing nine holes of golf. Mark those as victories for the president’s staff, who apparently continue to warn foreign dignitaries about the president’s very bland dining preferences ahead of his meetings abroad. Reports last week suggested that his staff’s already cold-sweating the potential controversies Trump’s Asia trip will create, especially with food — as it’s his longest time away from home yet, on a continent with lots of raw fish.