Dainius 'Dan' Jonusas
Dan is the head bartender at the Savoy Grill and joined Gordon Ramsay Restaurants in early 2018. He enjoys the challenges that his position brings him – especially as he is the first head bartender at the restaurant.
Dan started working in bars nearly a decade ago, saying that he’s ‘always admired bartenders – they’re like performers on a stage, under the spotlight with the customers’ attention always on them. All I needed ten years ago, when I got my first job working behind a bar, was that little push to take the first step onto the stage, and then I knew I was in the right place’.
His favourite drink to mix is an old fashioned because it takes a lot of attention, precision, and time to make it – it’s a real craft. Dan says that ‘because it takes that little bit longer, it gives me an opportunity to talk about it and introduce it to the customer in the way it deserves!’ His cocktail of choice to drink is a Negroni, thanks to the influence of his Italian colleagues.
Dan’s favourite drink on the Savoy Grill menu is the ‘James Dean’. It’s a mixture of a lot of orange based ingredients with Jack Daniels Single Barrel, and topped up with Champagne. He suggests that guests choose the ‘James Dean’ as a pre or post dinner drink and describes it as ‘having everything, freshness, sweetness, bitterness all blended well together’.