After our initial experience at Asia de Cuba we were pleased to learn about their recently launched brunch. We are advised that this is their third week of brunch so wanting to be amongst the first to try it, we eagerly made our way to Asia de Cuba.
As far as brunch goes in the city, we can honestly say we are very spoiled. Our selection of brunches and their offerings are second to none. With mountains of food, a variety of international beverages and picturesque settings we have become custom to a certain standard of brunch. Needless to say that this is a highly competitive market and any restaurant looking to offer brunch should either be able to compete or offer something so unique it cannot be compared to an existing brunch.
Firstly Asia de Cuba’s brunch is a la carte so don’t expect to see live cooking stations or any food on display period. This was slightly disappointing and our visions of a creative Cuba brunch are quickly retired.
We are handed a menu and opt for the cleanser package which is the soft drink package but with a selection of mocktails. Priced at 275* this package is in line with similar packages around the city.
We browse through the menu a little confused over what to order. Our waiter Diego kindly explains the dishes and guides us through the menu. Finally we opt for a selection of dishes and are advised that if we would like more of a particular dish it would be made upon request.
For starters we select the Icy Hot salad, this shrimp salad is light and refreshing with a hint of pepper sauce and chunks of watermelon, a perfect dish for a warm day. Our favourite item on the menu has to be the Pastelitos, a crisp puff pastry filled with cream cheese and jam we couldn’t get enough. The Duck salad with pomegranates is also worth a try.
For entrees we opt for the Chino Latino fried rice, Spicy Prawn Sofrito and Platin Crushed Snapper. All the dishes are delicious but the Platin Crushed Snapper is our favourite. Imported from Japan the red snapper is a welcome alternative from Seabass served at most restaurants.
Finally dessert, we select the Thai coconut and lemongrass flan with honeydew and caramel sauce. Regularly used in Asian dishes lemongrass brings a freshness to this dish that makes it so moreish we finished the whole thing.
Overall the food was great and the service was perfect, we couldn’t fault the team on anything.
If you’re looking for a brunch with light, original dishes you won’t be able to find anywhere else we recommend Asia de Cuba.
Asia de Cuba
St Regis Hotel, Nation Riviera Beach Club
02 699 3333