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Asia de Cuba – Unforgettable Havana Experience

Asia de Cuba – Unforgettable Havana Experience

Asia De Cuba is a restaurant with a good mix of Asian and Latin roots. It’s slick, chick yet trendy interior will transport your evening to the heart of Havana. The exciting new menu will get your taste buds working. Expertly crafted mojitos and upbeat salsa music will electrify your night and will make for one unforgettable experience.Asia De Cuba Interior

When I was invited to try the new menu I could barely contain my excitement. The menu was designed by executive chef Luis Pous, a Cuban born with real passion for seasonal ingredients and tropical flavors. The first thing that strikes you as you enter is the design of the place with its bookshelves, old posters and photographs. This is one of those instances where it looks old but feels fresh and new with definite influences straight from Cuba.

Asia de Cuba Executive chef Luis Pous
Executive chef Luis Pous explaining the menu

We were offered a set menu that showcases everything that Asia De Cuba has to offer. So, equipped with our Mojitos we started to work our way through the delicious list.Havana rum mojito Asia de Cuba

We were offered some bites. The ones that stood out were the “Fire and Ice” skewers with sesame, watermelon and napa cabbage. The spicy notes of the cabbage worked really well with slices of fresh cool watermelon. Sorry guys, it was demolished before I could even snap a picture.

Next we were served shrimp ceviche. It was marinated well with lime juice, you could feel the heat from the chilli and sweetness from the onions and Thai basil. For me the star of the dish was charred avocado which added an extra layer of flavour.Asia de Cuba shrimp ceviche and tomato saladAsia de Cuba tomato salad

Asia De Cuba menu starters roasted beetroot salad
Roasted beatroot salad with yogurt miso dressing worked really well with honey. Edamame pesto added punchiness to the dish.

A definite highlight of the night was the coffee crusted ribeye served with shiso mojito butter and wasabi miso mash. There were quite a few gasps when waiters were brining the steaks out of the kitchen and rightfully so. The steaks were perfectly cooked, with a tiny hint of coffee coming from the crust, an unusual but extremely delicious combination. Buttery miso mash had that punch of wasabi that worked really well with steak.Coffee crusted steam with miso wasabi mash

The other choice of main course was steamed seabass, which was equally delicious. It is a dish that perfectly showcased flavours of the sea through the tender seabass. It was served with mushroom broth that had plenty of depth and richness. The dish had great balance of flavour and kept me wanting more.Steamed Seabass with mushroom broth

Overall I really enjoyed my time at Asia de Cuba. I want to thank Stmartinslanesocial for the fun night. Special thanks to Luis Pous ( Executive Chef) and Michael Hambury (Chef de Cuisine) for the outstanding food that took me back to Cuba and ignited all those warm memories. It is definitely a place to treat yourself and celebrate a night to remember, I know I will.

If you enjoyed reading this article come and check out some of my other posts about cool and interesting places in London.

Mucho Love,

PolinaAsia de Cuba menu Mojito Drink

 

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