Let’s talk food and cocktails. Generally speaking, most of my friends only think Japanese beer and sake when it comes to pairing Asian food and drinks. But that’s not the case at all. In fact, I had a chance to team up with Benihana to show you how they are rock’n it with their cocktails.

All Cocktails

Chef Gibo was my guide for the day and after showing me how their signature dishes are made (will link to first post here), we moved onto some of their most popular dishes and cocktail pairings. Below are a few of my favorites.

I love this pairing of the Hibachi Salmon with the Exotic Mojito because the sweetness of the mojito enhances all the savory flavorings of the salmon, while providing a cooling effect that has a way of cleansing your palate to keep every bite fresh and lively.

My personal favorite of the day was the Seafood Diablo paired with the Yuzu Margarita. The Yuzu is so unexpected in a margarita, that you’ll find yourself ordering a second one. Good thing there’s a full plate of perfectly cooked seafood to keep you on pace.

Yuzu Margarita

If you are a seafood fan, this one is for you. The Ocean Treasure dish is a colossal serving of scallops, jumbo shrimp and lobster that’s paired up against the tropical Baby Blue Ocean cocktail. You will love how the sweetness of the rum and the pineapple vodka balances the richness of the seafood.

Baby Blue Ocean 2

Baby Blue Ocean

The last selection of the day was the Deluxe Treat, a classic filet and lobster dish that was paired with a Red Plum Sake Sangria – a fun play on all your  favorite drinks. Catch them in the summer and they will flip this to a peach sangria.

Red Plum Sake Sangria

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This post was originally published on BakersRoyale.com.