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Chefs match sushi with beer

Matching food with the right drink should be a matter of taste,

not habit. It's wrong to assume that wine is the inevitable solution.

27 August, 2008
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Japan's most famous cuisine, sushi, is eaten traditionally with sake but many prefer beer. The Royal Garden Hotel's executive chef, Steve Munkley, sushi chef Ricky Idris and Beer Academy co-founder, Rupert Ponsonby, got together at the London hotel last month to match different beers with various sushi dishes from around the world.

Following the tasting g uests were asked to choose their favourite combinations , which were:

?atec Pils (Czech Republic) with minted cucumber maki rolls (pictured right); Sol (Mexico) with warm-grilled eel nigiri; Schneider Weiss (Germany) with sea bass, ginger and soy sauce and Kasteel Cru (Alsace) with chicken teriyaki sichimi roll (pictured left).