Beautiful restaurant and great service, presentation and cocktails ! Food is good, a nice treat every now for the wow factor
Asia de Cuba - London
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Posted: Fri Aug 3 2012
Asia de Cuba combines elements of Asian and Cuban cuisine served sharing-style in a high energy, sophisticated, yet relaxed environment. Located on St. Martins Lane, Asia de Cuba is a one-of-a-kind space centered around a series of majestic "art columns", each displaying a different and stunning composition. The Asia de Cuba concept also includes the famous Rum Bar; it has the largest selection of "sipping" rums available in London, as well as unusual and intriguing selection of specialty cocktails, many of which are Asia de Cuba signatures.
We are proud to announce the introduction of a brand new experiential afternoon tea which will send guests into the mystique and ambiance of a Cuban teahouse. The tea will be served in bespoke crockery inspired by Cuban culture and unconventional design.
Tasting menu & glass of Champagne for £55
Offer valid until Jan 4 2015
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My Favourite restaurant in London. I recently visited Asia de Cuba for the second time with my mum as it was a special occasion and I knew from previous visits that it was a great place. The services was excellent and very quick and the food was also excellent. I shall defiantly return soon and considering the afternoon tea option as we saw other people enjoying this option and wanted to try it out as well.
I am not inclined to leaving comments on the internet, nor am I inclined to leave negative feedback, usually dismissing bad culinary experiences as either mistakes, or as my own fault in terms of plate choice. I’d rather leave the criticism up to Gregg and Michele. But I'm afraid that my experience at this restaurant has compelled me to speak out. My lovely boyfriend booked us a table at this very nice and interesting sounding restaurant for my birthday yesterday and I have to say in all honesty, if you're thinking about doing the same, don't bother. The interior is beautiful - it's quite a large space, but the restaurant is set up thoughtfully so tables still feel intimate. The service was attentive, friendly, and our waiter was knowledgeable. The food on the other hand... The menu reads impressively, and at the prices they charge, you would expect it to be. We were advised to share a starter and dessert as the portions were on the large side, so we shared a starter of beef carpaccio Thai salad - an enormous pile of leaves (mostly spinach) hiding maybe 3 at most slices of tasteless sliced meat, a quarter of an avocado, and quite a nice and spicy dressing. It was filling, but at the end of the day, it was just a bag of salad. For main, I had the coconut sea bass with crab and some sort of creamed corn cake. The tiny portion of fish was cooked to perfection, but I could barely taste the coconut. It was surrounded by nuggets of various vegetables (courgette, carrot, something else equally bland), a large tasteless white wafer that seemed to have no purpose other than decorative, an artistic dash of sauce, a measly sprinkling of crab, and THAT creamed corn cake. The cake had the texture of slightly wrong undercooked batter, though with less flavour. I almost instantly regretted putting the fork in my mouth. My boyfriend ordered the 'chicken milanasia'. Again, it read impressively, and again, it was an enormous let down. Firstly, it arrived at least 7 minutes after my main arrived. When it did finally appear (after a sort-of apology: "It is usually meant to share so takes longer". At no point had we been told this nor was it indicated in the menu), my first thought was that they had misheard 'chicken' for 'giant plate of salad'. Beneath the pile of undressed leaves was an enormous, flattened and breaded chicken breast, surrounded by globs of pesto. It was just incredibly bland. We also ordered ‘steamed Caribbean and Asian vegetables’ to share as a side. The broccoli, baby sweetcorn and mangetout were crisp and sweet, but they were drowned in a sickly soy sauce type dressing. If they had come as part of a supermarket Chinese ready meal, I wouldn’t have been surprised, but at a restaurant claiming to be of this high standard? No thanks. Thinking no one can get puddings wrong, we opted to share the ‘Bay of Pigs’. This was advertised as chocolate and vanilla ice cream with a chocolate brownie, caramelised banana with plantain chips and dark chocolate and butterscotch sauce. If you asked a five year old to make their ideal desert, the ‘Bay of Pigs’ would be it. It was entirely covered in whipped cream, and had two enormous, burnt tasting, honeycomb tweels stuck in the top – I’m assuming the only purpose of all this was to cover up the measly offering underneath. The brownie was unwieldy in the mouth, as dense as they come, and the ice cream, chocolate and butterscotch sauces, and mini marshmallows scattered around the plate were so synthetic tasting I wondered whether they employed any chefs at all, or whether they had just ordered take out and plated it up before bringing it to us. I’m really sorry to have to be so negative about it, but it was the kind of place that you leave wanting to warn everyone else in the queue to run for the hills (or just go to McDonalds). In summary, the atmosphere, service, and interior design are great. The food is massively overpriced and a huge disappointment in every aspect: flavour, appearance and portion size.