MEET THE BEST
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.