3 November 2013

Asia de Cuba & Light Bar

Asia de Cuba is located inside the St Martin's Lane hotel in Covent Garden. As the name suggests, it combines elements of Asian and Cuban cuisines, pulling together exotic flavours of Cuba's Chino-Latino cafes. 

On this particular day, Angela and I were visiting for a ladies lunch. 

The interior is stunning with dangling light bulbs, book covered pillars, transistor radios and hundreds of framed photographs. 

I've visited Asia de Cuba once before and I'd had a fabulous meal so I was really looking forward to visiting again. As we sipped our champagne, we considered the enticing menu.

We decided to share two starters. Firstly, the Asian Noodle Box - sofrito of Cuban vegetables and mushrooms in a rice noodle wrapper with chili hoisin broth. 

Then the black cod. This dish surprised us somewhat by turning up as little wraps.

We had been expecting something more like the incredible black cod I've previously experienced at Zuma  and Nobu but unfortunately these unexciting mouthfuls left us a little disappointed. But we still had the main courses to come. 

On my last visit I had the Gambas Gigantes Mai Tai - giant prawn red Thai curry in rum and coconut cream with crispy bok choy and boniato chips.  It was so damn good I decided to order it this time too and it didn't disappoint. Tangy, flavorsome and deliciously creamy. 

Our other dish was the Uban coffee crusted rib eye with mandarin orange, gingered sherry butter and yuca mojo fries. The steak was tender with the gorgeous butter and subtle coffee taste really setting it apart. It was a shame that the accompanying fries were a little under-seasoned.

And for the finale? The Mexican doughnuts in a butterscotch sauce.

Look at these little beauties!

There is nothing negative to say about this dish.  Soft and squidgy doughnuts served warm in that rich sauce. A wonderful ending that compensated for the somewhat lacklustre starters.

Just next door in the same hotel is the Light Bar - a modern, dimly lit cocktail bar with rather unique decor.

This lively, narrow bar prides itself on its cocktails such as the Raspassion Martini, Strawberry Cheesecake and Lychee & Elderflower Collins. 

Quirky with great service, Light Bar became increasingly busy as the afternoon went on. It ended up being an ideal place to extend that ladies lunch!

Asia de Cuba
Bar Service
Waiter Service
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  1. Ohhhh I've been meaning to go to Asia de Cuba forevverrr! I hear their Sunday brunch is amazing :). Your photos have pushed it up to the top of my list. PS you look beautiful as always -- I meant to say this earlier but i LOVE your new hair-style, it suits you so well :). Maura x

    1. They do afternoon tea apparently too - I bet that's an interesting one to try! I hope you enjoy Asia de Cuba if you do go along. And thank you so much for the compliment, that's so sweet of you. I have to admit, I am loving having my hair shorter again! xx

  2. Haha this is ALWAYS how my ladies lunches end up... with cocktails and a night out to follow. Looks incredible - I love all those pictures hanging.

    Katie <3

  3. Looks amazing, Caroline! I was thinking Id missed your cocktail evening but about a werk later, I saw your twitter message! (Im not so hooked into twitter, but have just downloaded the app to my mobile) . Anyway, I was really sorry to have missed it. Next time I have a bloggers meet up, ill be sure to invite you along.


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