Asia de Cuba at St Martin's Hotel, London.
It must have been 8-10 years when I last set foot in this Starck
designed hotel in the middle of London. It was one of the hippest
places opened within a month of its sister hotel Sanderson near Oxford
Street. Asia de Cuba, the main restaurant, has not changed much since
it opened all those years ago. There other restaurants within the St
Martin's have had more radical changes.
How was the food? I had the Cuban Bento Box - essentially an eclectic
collection of fusion (Japanese meets Cuba) dishes presented in a
Japanese bento lunch box lacquer ware. Mine included a couple of pieces
of chicken skewered /grilled, a tuna tartare stacked with tortilla
chips, a deep fried wonton and pan fried udon noodles. The taste of
pleasant without being offensive, though I was not entirely sure about
pineapple slices with the grilled chicken (was never a fruit and meat
fan). In offensive - though no gastronimic experience.
I ordered a chocolate brownie with caramel sauce to share with my
friend. It was definitely a girl's pudding - gooey, rich tasting with
an ice cream on top.
When will I come back next? It may be a decade if I were to return to this restaurant.