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REVIEW: Asia De Cuba @ St. Martins Lane Hotel

REVIEW: Asia De Cuba @ St. Martins Lane Hotel

WHAT? A fusion of Chinese and Cuban dishes *might* have been tricky to pull off, but Asia De Cuba manages in true style. The setting is intoxicating, mixing tradition with spanking new features – a bright and bold maze of modern artwork, beautiful wall displays and stylish furniture.

All this will initially distract you from a hidden doorway leading to secret cocktail bar, and tucked away seating areas you’ll discover when you can no longer resist exploring.

WHY GO? The food is, put simply, exquisite. We sampled a plethora of colourful dishes, starting with a tangy grouper ceviche with mojo amarillo, sofrito crudo and radish then a small plate of delicious (but very filling) black bean and plantain empanadas.

Next, their famed crispy calamari dish, mixed with a salad of banana, chayote, cashews, hearts of palm and orange-sesame vinaigrette – unlike anything we’ve tried before and an obvious favourite with return customers having been on the menu for years.

For mains, we had to sample the chilli-rubbed scallops, beautifully cooked and served on a bed of black rice, black beans, roasted cauliflower and Japanese aioli. Cumin-dusted tuna was artfully laid out and tasted divine, complemented by a white bean purée, zingy chorizo salsa, tatsoi and garlic-sesame vinaigrette.

Dessert is decadent to say the least – try guava-whipped layered cheesecake, or Mexican doughnuts, with a chocolate or Thai chilli chocolate sauce. Drinks deserve a special mention, too – we loved the Coconut & Cane cocktail, with Havana 3 year rum, fresh sugar cane, coco lopez and koko canu.

INSIDE TRACK: Friday to Sunday from 12-3pm, there’s an uh-mazing bottomless brunch option – and Saturdays feature live music! Sip on unlimited mojitos, mimosas, bellinis or bespoke bloody Marys then share your starters family-style (think black bean hummus with malanga & plantain chips), before choosing your own main course from the a la carte menu. Nom.

HOW MUCH? Bottomless brunch starts at £35 per person, small plates range from £9-14 and main dishes hover around £22.

ADDRESS: 45 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4HX

WEBSITE: Asiadecuba.com/london

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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