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de Cuba has been around for yonks having opened as part of St Martins lane hotel way back in 1999 and the whole hotel has had a refit the restaurant has also relaunched with a whole new menu and chef, Cuban-born Luis Pous. With more emphasis on the Cuba part than the Asia part, the menu is split into small plates, salads, wok, plancha and ceviche. The winner from the small plates was the fresh tuna tartare with avocado served in four crispy wontons – like crispy taco shells. We also tried the shrimp churros with a Thai coconut curry sauce which were good but lacked a bit of oomph, however we soon found that in the punchy cobia ceviche with Thai mango salad and rocoto miso dressing.

Choosing a main was pretty difficult but we couldn’t get past the amazing El Lechon, Cuban-style slow roasted pork shoulder served with crackling and whole bunch of sides including black beans, super soft plantain, Chinese eggplant and fried rice. Be warned, this will easily feed four people and we ended up taking most of it away in doggy bags which is no bad thing at all. Despite being stuffed, we still polished off a dessert of Mexican doughnuts and caramel sauce which is a reflection of how good they were and not at all of how greedy we are. These bad boys have been on the menu since 1999 – again a reflection of just how good they are.

Prices might seem a little high at first but this is a central London hotel restaurant after all and when you take into account the quality of the food and huge portion sizes, Asia de Cuba makes for a fun night out. We’ll defo be back…

45 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4HX