When the couple arrived, they were ushered into the restaurant by the relentlessly jolly Richard, then taken to a table in a “semiprivate” dining room (well, as private as you can be with 40 Secret Service agents in and outside the restaurant). They started with a Richard classic, the artfully layered tuna niçoise. Michelle, who recently revealed she'd taken her staff to Five Guys, continued her burger streak with the buttery, potato-chip-topped lobster burger (there’s a miniature one on the tasting menu, but the kitchen made her a full-size version). Barack dug into the super-rich 72-hour braised short ribs, then they shared a napoleon and a few other desserts.
As they left the restaurant, the dining room erupted into applause. The love fest continued when, on the way out, Michelle gave Michel a kiss on the cheek, telling him—in French—how much she liked the food.