Asia de Cuba at St Martins Lane Hotel

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Fusion, International

Asia de Cuba at St Martins Lane Hotel
Asia de Cuba at St Martins Lane Hotel
Asia de Cuba at St Martins Lane Hotel

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ASIA DE CUBA WILL CLOSE PERMANENTLY ON 28 FEBRUARY 2019

 

If you've never experienced Chino-Latino fusion food, Asia de Cuba makes an ideal introduction. Expect a melting pot of flavours and ingredients, ranging from South American ceviches and empanadas to Asian specials such as Thai lobster curry with udon noodles and gai choy. Dishes play fast and loose with the rules, pairing Cuban-style pork and black beans with Chinese eggplant and Thai chilli chimichurri, for example. Our current favourites range from juicy scallop ceviche with slivers of fresh grapefruit and a hit of punchy ají panca sauce (a type of Peruvian chilli) to deliciously moist ‘seven-spice’ chicken with snow peas, shiitake mushrooms and creamy Cuban congri (black rice). There's a real buzz to the trendy dining room, though service can be frenetic and we feel the that the vibrant interior, with its quirky Philippe Starck-designed columns, is trying too hard to be hip. 

 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Fusion, International
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Breakfast, Late night dining
Special Features
Wheelchair access
People
Group dining [8+], Special occasions

Location for Asia de Cuba at St Martins Lane Hotel

St Martins Lane Hotel, 45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4HX

020 3463 0296

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Opening Times

Mon-Sun 7-11.30am 12N-2.30pm 5-11pm (Fri-Sat -12M; Sun -10.30pm)

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Not sure I will visit again
10 September 2015  
I had heard good things about Asia de Cuba. One thing that attracted me to this restaurant was the menu. It sounded unique. On arrival I was seated at the bar to wait for my friend and offered the drinks menu and was told about the offer on drinks which I took. As usual the cocktail was full of ice. Seated at our table and was given a few moments to order. We were told by our waiter that there was a large party on and that our starters would take longer so we were offered a complimentary red snapper ceviche which was okay. After that the service was pretty much non existent. We had to keep asking for drinks which we wanted to eat with our meal. I wouldn't say this place is value for money as the food was okay but not work paying what we did. The plantain fried rice was awful and tasted like something out of your local Chinese. The spicy Thai coconut lobster is not worth £39 at all. Black bean and plantain empanadas were about the only thing I enjoyed. Along with the shrimp churros which were very salty but tasted okay.
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Ms/Mrs. Sheena D

Some highs but quite a few lows...
31 October 2014  
Disappointed with the service level. They did not have the white wine which I had preferred to order, and the waiter recommends the most expensive bottle on the wine list. Requested the waiter to help in ordering the starters for party of six thinking we had under ordered, and at his recommendation we ordered more which was just wasted. For the main meal we all individually ordered except for the two who had ordered to share a fish. The main course came to the table, but the waiter refused to split the shared order and instead told us that he cannot serve and we had to do it ourselves. He would not even bring the serving plate to enable us to serve ourselves. The problem was the table was too long and was not possible to serve ourselves. Finally one of our guests took it on his own to serve the fish. Ordered another bottle of white wine, which was brought to the table, but forgotten to serve. Had to request another waiter a couple of times to get served. After complaining to the manager, she took off the bill the wine, and the service charges but the night out was ruined by incompetent waiter. Positive side was that the kitchen had done a great job, however not served to its best.
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David P

Unusual menu, cool place
20 January 2014  
The décor and ambiance here is really quite nice and the servers were surprisingly friendly and pleasant considering the restaurant's location within the too-cool-for-school St Martins Lane Hotel. The food is, as the name suggests, an interesting mix of Latin American and Pan Asian. We tried the oxtail dumplings and selection of ceviche to start, both of which were tasty and fresh followed by the Cuban chicken which is served with a delicious salsa and Thai sticky rice. Very good. The prices were reasonable all things considered and the wine list had some cheap but perfectly drinkable options. The cocktails also come recommended especially the Pico Sour, Mint & Mandarin and the Vanilla & Rhubarb. The only small downside was that our server seemed very keen to sell us more than we really wanted and there were a couple of occasions when the servers were nowhere to be seen. Otherwise, a fun experience which we will try again soon.
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Mr. Gavin P

Wont go again!
10 October 2013  
For the prices charged the service was very poor.
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Mr. Tim Z

26 January 2013  
A by today's standards almost classical pioneer of modern Asian fusion food. While it no longer carries the hype it once had, it is still a good food destination in particular if you're in a larger group and able to share the dishes. Price tag still fairly heavy (in particular on the wine list over and above the food itself)
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Ms/Mrs. Jess M

27 November 2012  
I went to Asia de Cuba for my Birthday with a group of 10 and it was amazing!!! We actually decided last minute to have drinks in Light Bar beforehand. This is an uber-cool bar inside St Martins Lane Hotel just next to the restaurant. I tried a cocktail with Fig (apparently this was part of an internal cocktail competition where the bartenders take on the bar manager… what fun) It was delicious! Straight away when we entered the restaurant the atmosphere was really buzzing. We had some more cocktails (of course) and followed the waiter's recommendations for the food. (seriously recommend the seared tuna with wasabi mash!) Just a wonderful night!! Thank you Asia de Cuba
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Natalie S

30 March 2012  
Excellent surroundings and wonderful food. The atmosphere is sophisticated yet buzzing. Unfortunately our friends arrived late at the table and we were constantly reminded that we had a limit of 2 hours which was explained to us at the booking, whilst we were being sat at the table, when they asked us for our drinks order and when our friends were running late. Aside from this, the food was excellent and reasonably priced. We were out of the restaurant in 1hr 50mins without having to rush through our meal!! Aside from this, I would definitely recommend it if only to be impressed with Philippe Starck's design throughout
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Mr. paul S

28 February 2012  
well, u cant beast this place for atmosphere and people watching! dinning room has been decoarted in a very quirky way and is etremely light and vibrant, i lke iike it. Dishes are supposed to be shared and judging by the portions i dont blame them, staff are polite and know there stuff, with reccomendations. to start we had calamri salad which was enromous and really did not have much calamari in it at all. oxtial dumpligs were very good indeed as was the pork belly , yummy, miso black cod was good, but not in the same leauge as zuma/nobu. beef shortribs were excellent. The food is very good overall, one critism i can come up with the portions are so large that by the time you are half way though, they are stone cold, they dont seem to be served on hot/warm plates, but this was a minor issue. This place is defintely for groups, we were 6 people, bill was just over £600 which was pretty good judging by the amount of food and wine..champagne we drank. but i would not go as a couple, its to loud and not intimate at all. still a very good group venue, perfect for those xmas parties!
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Mr. Enrique S

26 January 2012  
Interesting and relaxed atmosphere, good food and a good venue, will be back!
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Ms/Mrs. roas D

26 January 2012  
We booked for 2 courses fixed price on a Sunday late afternoon. We enjoyed amazing cocktails and service at The Light Bar, adjacent to the restaurant before dinner. The staff throughout were superb, very welcoming and friendly in the bar and in the restaurant. We adored the St Martin's Lane Hotel. The food was a major disappointment as we were expecting new flavours and much more of a gastronomic experince, based on reading about the cusine of Asia de Cuba. The exact names of the dishes I can't remember but I selected the crab croquette starter and it was indeed a croquette with very little flavour of crab, served with a coleslaw like mini salad which also lacked any great flavour, other than what you'd do yourself at home, the spoon on the side of dish merely contained a drop of soy sauce. My sisters ordered the ribs which were served almost cold, the portion size was far better than the other starters and they were very tasty, but no more so than any decent spare ribs you'd get elsewhere…another guest arrived late and ordered a starter from the a la carte menu which was exceptionally small and pathetic for £17.50 and resembled and tasted like a stack of pompadoms with tiny cubes of tuna on each…again, tasteless experience…for the mains, the jerk chicken dish was a fair portion and the best choice of the night, again bland jerk chicken not Asia de Cuba's take on jerk chicken that we expected, very standard fayre. I opted for the minute steak was very tough and again, very poor flavours. My other guest opted for the vegetarian main which I must say was totally pathetic in terms of portion size, flavour and appearance, it resembled little samosas sitting on a bed of sauce…this portion really was laughable and very bland indeed. Our waiter was very nice and we enjoyed the evening due to the beautiful surroundings and the overall wonderful service and cocktails in The Light Bar and staff on the restaurant floor. The food was a total let down…I almost forgot about the desserts…well they looked fantastic and really cheered us up but a major taste let down…they tasted like cheap desserts, the chocolate was synthetic tasting and a total let down to the end of our ‘experience’…
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