Confession time kids… I have never dined at an Asia De Cuba restaurant. True story. So I was so very excited to try the newly opened Asia De Cuba located in the Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai. I’d already seen and heard rumblings on Instagram about the restaurants gorgeous new fit-out since its predecessor, China Grill, its divine food and awesome vibes. Well I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed, as sometimes can be the case when there is a lot of hype around a new opening, particularly here in Dubai.
Let’s talk interiors. To put it simply, they are stunning!! A huge improvement from its prior life. The garish, brothel like red furnishings are gone and replaced with crisp white tablecloths and some funky chairs and booths. The huge, double story abstract wall behind the bar is a work of art, albeit runs the risk of making you a tad dizzy after a few too many drinks. It’s dark and it’s classy.
To begin the evening our fantastic server recommended a couple of cocktails while we perused the menu. If menu porn is your thing, then check this one out, everything is seriously drool worthy. My husband tried the “Pinyan Margarita” made with tequila, apricot brandy, strawberry juice and sake foam. It was a total winner and a fab take on the original. Priced at 50 AED I really didn’t think this was too bad at all. In fact most of their classic cocktails are around this price point which is nice to see in Dubai. I tried the “Mambo King” made with raspberry vodka, champagne and grenadine. Trust me when I tell you this is a must. Given the champagne, this was a little pricier but still not awful at 90 AED.
Next up…. food. In true Nicole style I’d already been scouring the menu and their Instagram page in advance trying to decide what to order and couldn’t resist going for the Tuna Taco’s, actually named “Tunapica Tartare” but they look like taco’s so…. These are made from crispy wontons, while the tuna is mixed with Spanish olives, almonds, currants and avocado. The flavours worked well and gave the tuna depth. Our server did a great job of guiding us on the menu and recommended we give one of the ceviches a whirl and I’m so glad we did. We went for the snapper variety which was perfectly spiced with Thai chilli and was deliciously zesty. In addition to this I had a bit of hankering for some sushi so we ordered the Rainbow Rolls. These were lovely but didn’t quite have the same wow factor as the other two dishes.
For Mains we had to order the “Short Rib Vaca Frita”, which was 48 hour braised with Asian BBQ spices, Thai salad and chimichurri. This wasn’t huge but it was super tender (although I was expecting it to be a bit more “fall-off-the-bone”), well-seasoned and very satisfying. My fave however had to be the “Rocoto-Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass”. This was just phenomenal. The fish was delicate, cooked exactly as it should be and the flavours were perfectly balanced. We also threw in a side of wokked mushrooms with soy truffle sauce (because we hadn’t ordered enough apparently) which is definitely worth ordering if you are a truffle fan.
Onto desserts and already feeling a bit on the full side, we opted to share one and given my self-proclaimed chocoholic status I forced my husband into the Chocolate Bon-Bon, despite his yearnings for the Coconut Pineapple Cake. I’m a terribly mean wife. But I can confirm that the Chocolate Bon-Bon was seriously divine. The addition of the pistachio and tentacion caramel really amped it up and kept it interesting.
Last but not least if you visit ACD do not finish without a cheeky cocktail upstairs in Bar Rumba, with a serious “Havana Nights” vibe going on and live band.
Asia De Cuba gets a huge thumbs up from me. Everything was perfect; I loved the space, loved the atmosphere and the food was everything I was hoping it would be. As I said earlier I have no room for comparison as I’ve never visited the Abu Dhabi or London restaurants so would be keen to hear how it compares. I feel like I have a lot more eating to do there so am already looking forward to my next visit!
For more information please visit: http://asiadecuba.com/dubai or call +97145117333