After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.
At Namu Gaji in San Francisco, chef Dennis Lee loves the custom beer that Dave McLean of Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery makes for him using a toasted-rice base. “It’s fresh, light and clear,” Lee says. “It has a nice nose to it—but it’s not overly hoppy or too assertive. It’s just an awesome, easy-drinking beer that pairs well with all Asian food.” Here, six more beers to pair with Asian dishes.
Southern Tier IPA: This hoppy, floral beer is terrific with smoky, meaty dishes like these Chinese-style ribs.