• ASIA DE CUBA - WHAT NOSSY ATE

    Posted by Sarah Nossy on 14th April 2019.

Asia De Cuba is the latest addition to the Westin Mina Seyahi and replaces the old China Grill. It originated in New York with branches also in London and Abu Dhabi. As the name suggests it is a fusion restaurant serving up a mix of Cuban food with an Asian twist.

The restaurant is located on the Ground Floor of the Westin and is broken up into 3 areas; the main dining area (where the bar takes center stage and also doubles as a sushi counter), an upstairs bar and lounge also known as Bar Rumba as well as a decent sized terrace area where they also serve food, drinks and shisha. 

Our visit is midweek and it’s quiet as we’re one of the first tables to arrive. We get first pick so choose one of the aqua colored booths complete with cushions which is super cozy and can comfortably fit up to 4 diners. The restaurant is dimly lit with the addition of scattered tea light candles. The upbeat Latino house tunes in the background creates a chic ambiance whilst the high ceilings and eye-catching larger-than-life waterfall paintings equally impress me.

I gaze my eyes over an extensive drinks menu, which ranges from endless amounts of rum all the way through to sake as well as a page dedicated to Cuban cigars.
The food menu is broken up into 6 different categories and is designed for sharing. From ceviches to sushi, small plates, mains, sides and Los Platos Grandes translating to “big plates”; by the way they aren’t lying when they say this. 

First to arrive was our cocktails. I ordered the ‘Floradora on Holiday’, which I found a little too spicy, thanks to the ginger syrup. The waiter noticed and offered a replacement but I was fine not to have another cocktail and just stick to water. 

For starters we order a mix of sushi, sashimi, beetpica tartare & some ‘ropa vieja’ (beef) spring rolls. The salmon sashimi is cut to the perfect thickness and comes bathed in a sea of yellow passionfruit topped with a fresh cucumber salsa. The California makis are just as vibrant stacked high with crabsticks and orange tobiko. The beetpica tartare is more like a taco filled with bright purple beetroot chunks in an oversized crispy wonton wrapper and is a delight against the sweet currants, creamy avocado and flaked almonds (Vegetarians rejoice). It was my first time trying beef inside a spring roll. These chunky versions were stuffed full of shredded beef and served alongside some pickled veg and a sweet and sour dipping sauce and just delicious!

It's very rare to see pork on a menu in Dubai so I jumped at the chance of trying this very large El Lechon (slow roasted tender pork complete with crackling) that is served alongside black beans, coconut rice, maduros (plantains) and a chimichurri sauce. The El Lechon is excellent and my only wish was that there was more of my friends here to share it with me. My dining partner opted for the ‘Chino Latino’ stir fried rice with chicken which was indeed tasty but perhaps could of used a kick of some fresh chillies. 

I will definitely visit again for their Tuesday ladies night deal which extends to the men as well now offering both sexes 50% off food whilst the ‘EQUAL’ night offers free flow drinks for men from 7-9pm and from 7pm until close for the ladies whilst the DJ spins the latest RnB & Hip-Hop tunes.
This chic hot-spot is great for after work drinks, tasty Chino-Latino cuisine or a place to have some fun with your friends.


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