Meet Gail Lanorias, a bartender at RONIN and previously Yardbird. She can hold a conversation, make 10 burros and still remember to drop some sake shots at your table. It’s that kind of persevering, focused attitude that ignores our jokes about her job as a mixologist. She claims that she’s just a bartender, but have one of her drinks and you’ll know she’s more than that. Not to mention she’s also just passed her sommelier certification, so if you prefer your alcohol of the grape variety, she can also give you a suggestion. Read her Q&A below and grab a cocktail next time you’re at RONIN.

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Start date/restaurant:

5th February, 2014 at Yardbird

Where are you from?

Hong Kong; I grew up here. My family is from Cebu and for some random reason, I was born in Las Vegas.

How long have you lived in Hong Kong?

22 years.

What’s your favorite thing to eat at Yardbird/RŌNIN?

Liver Mousse at Yardbird. Udon, Shiso, Mentaiko at RONIN

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Linguine alle vongole.

What’s your perfect pizza?

Tomato sauce, chillies, soppressata, mozzarella and a generous helping of pitted black olives.

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savory tooth?

Definitely sweet.

Whisky, Sake, or beer?

Wine. But since you asked, Whisky it is.

What was the last picture you took with your phone?

Matt Abergel and Erik Idos cooking udon at 3am in the morning.

What’s the last song you listened to?

In A Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane.

What’s your pet-peeve?

Shopkeepers following me around while I shop and people telling me I should smile more.

Who has influenced you the most in your life?

Hermione Granger and The Cat in the Hat.

Shark diving, bungee jumping, or skydiving?

Shark diving. I think I’d rather get eaten by a shark than die from falling to the ground.

Which would be harder for you to give up: coffee or alcohol?


What is your favorite after work drink?

Ideally, a glass of wine. Preferably Champagne, but more often than not I will end up with a glass of tequila soda in my hand.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon when you don’t have to work?

Read a book.

What question do you hate to answer?

Is this your real job?

Why do you like working at Yardbird/RŌNIN?

I get to work on a craft that I love every single day and share it with other people.

Can’t get enough of our staff? Check out our interview with Dason Ying aka Michael Dason here.

2 thoughts on “Staff Spotlight: Gail Lanorias aka Hong Kong’s Top Mixologist

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  2. […] Want to know more about our staff? Read about RONIN’s bartender and sommelier, Gail, here. […]

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