Meet The Best

Meet The Best

July 7, 2012


The cream of the crop at Departure dish and tell!

This month, we are thrilled to present Chino; infamous Portland bartender, hilarious storyteller, and a cameraman’s best friend. Be sure to check out Departure’s Youtube Channel to see him in action breaking down our signature cocktails! Without further adieu….

Meet Chino Lee!

Q: What other Portland locales have you graced with your presence?

Chino:  Fratelli, Portland City Grill, and Touche.

Q: What is your favorite cocktail?

Chino:  Sapphire gin and grapefruit – gin and juice baby!

Q: What is your favorite Chef Gregory dish?

Chino: The salt and pepper tempeh.  It’s got really good with big flavors. Simple salt and spice. It’s  something off the radar, but very Portland.

Q: Why bartend?

Chino:  I like drinking spirits.  Being a bartender is like being a therapist for people.  The hours are great.  I worked a 9-5 office job once, and let’s just say it didn’t work out.  I hate being in an office.

Q:Why do you work at Departure?

Chino: It’s one of the top restaurants and we have top cocktails in a premier restaurant venue.  It’s all about location and the view and great food – I love it.

Q: Who is your favorite musician?

Chino:  The incomparable Luther Vandross

Q: What are your must have items would you need if you were on a deserted island?

Chino: I-phone, flip flops, Jack London’s “Call of the Wild” and my black tank top.

Q: The Quintessential Portland question: Bicycle or Car?

Chino: I have to go with Car.

Q: Favorite spot in Portland that nobody knows about?

Chino: Binh Minh on 82nd for sandwiches and stew. My local waterhole is the Yukon Tavern in Southeast.