Asia de Cuba - London

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For global travellers with a cultured palate and a love of variety, Asia de Cuba is a destination restaurant with a must-taste fusion philosophy. The iconic St Martins Lane eatery has been newly renovated and now offers an updated menu and whimsical, enchanting interior design. Cuban-born executive concept chef Luis Pous enhances Jeffrey Chodorow’s original culinary vision with experimental combinations and a new twist on old favorites. Inspired by the cultural synthesis of old Havana’s Chinatown, Pous interprets Asian-influenced Cuban fare for a modern crowd and a discerning palate. The new Asia de Cuba retains the same authentic preparations, tropical accents, and sharing-style presentation loved by guests and food critics alike, now enhanced with a creative new menu and a chic new dining sanctuary. Fresh ingredients, handcrafted dishes, and eye-catching interiors make for an unforgettable dining experience with surprising cultural flavor.

Venue name: Asia de Cuba - London
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Address: 45 St. Martin's Lane
London
WC2N 4HX
Price: £26 to £40

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3.7 / 5

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theTRUsocial

Read my full review @theTRUsocial http://thetrusocial.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/starck-fusion-at-asia-de-cuba.html


All in all though, through the highs and lows, I want this place for the sum of it's parts and that's more than good enough for me. For the first time this year, my photography let me down, so don't let the pictures put you off, but if you have the money, this is definitely worth a try! Now, how can I reach the kitchen to persuade them to feed me Miso Cured Black Cod and Mini Mexican doughnuts every Monday?!

HR

Beautiful restaurant and great service, presentation and cocktails ! Food is good, a nice treat every now for the wow factor

Hanna Holmes

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.

Anna

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.