Editor’s Note: 20.21 is now closed.
An informal chat Tuesday night with Chef Asher Miller of 20.21 morphed into a full-on gastronomic happening, complete with a series of small tastes from the kitchen and bar. Four striking little moments worth recalling:
1. White Port Pairs Well with Lemon
The very existence of white port, a fortified wine made from white grapes, is intriguing enough. But when you put it on the rocks and drag a lemon slice along the rim, you’re in “Summer in Andalusia” territory, recalling a vino tinto de verano. Bright, sunny and refreshing.
2. Scallops Work Beautifully in Eggrolls…
Teamed up with cilantro, the sweetness of scallops makes for a surprising and satisfying alternative to the usual clump of cabbage and other assorted unsavory miscellany.
3. …Particularly When Paired with Hou Hou Shu
Hou Hou Shu is an unfiltered sake that is gently sparkling and boasts a finely calibrated balance of sweetness and soulful rice flavor.
4. Making Your Burger Buns in House Pays Dividends
20.21 makes its brioche slider buns in house, daily. It’s a minor detail in the big scheme of things, but a great bun is a seriously undervalued aspect of a great burger. (For the recipe, check out the Heavy Table’s story on Oscar Night kobe cheeseburgers.)