China Grill: Famous Dubai restaurant closes its doors

Asia de Cuba will be opening in it's place on March 6

Popular Asian restaurant China Grill is closing its doors today (Tuesday February 27) to make way for brand-new restaurant and bar Asia de Cuba.

The Chino Latino restaurant Asia de Cuba already has successful branches in Abu Dhabi, New York and London. It will be opening its doors in Dubai Marina on Tuesday March 6 in the space that previously housed China Grill in The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina.

Asia de Cuba at St. Regis Corniche in Abu Dhabi is hugely popular, so much so that it was crowned Bar of the Year 2017 and Best Lounge Bar 2017 by Time Out Abu Dhabi.

The trendy new bar and restaurant promises a “carnival-like atmosphere”, so expect a party vibe.

“We’ve had a great four years with China Grill, but we like to mix things up and now is the time for a little shake-up,” said Tolga Lacin, general manager at The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina.

“Asia de Cuba is the perfect addition to our already impressive F&B family and we’re really excited for the big reveal.

“Our incredible team have mastered the art of creating the perfect dining spaces and Asia de Cuba will be no different – with furnishings and décor sought from far and wide to suit the restaurant’s theme, we know we’re bringing another interior décor masterpiece to the city.”

There will be a quick turnaround between the two restaurants. Décor is set to be trendy with bespoke wallpapers, furnishings and artworks showcased throughout the bar and restaurant. Meanwhile the terrace will take diners on a “journey of Latin wanderlust”, with hanging plants, South American furnishings and tropical lighting details.

There’ll be range of traditional Latin American mixed drinks on offer at the bar, and an extensive dining menu from Cuban-born executive chef, Luis Pous.

The menu, which is a fusion of Latin and Asian cuisines, is designed to be shared. Dishes include Asia de Cuba signatures such as tunapica tartare with crispy wontons, Spanish olives, toasted coconut and avocado ceviche; ‘Ropa Vieja’ spring rolls with braised beef short rib, rocoto sweet and sour sauce; shrimp churros with sesame and coconut curry and roasted Peking duck with chilli herb salad, tortillas and hoisin.

We can’t wait.

Opening March 6. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, www.asiadecuba.com.

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