Situated in the heart of London's Covent Garden within the stylish, ultra-modern St Martins Lane hotel, Asia de Cuba is one of those restaurants with a high wow factor.
Philippe Stack-designed, the decor is eclectic and offbeat - you can't fail to miss the dangly light bulbs and plant-packed circular bookcases, and lots of windows make for an uplifting and relaxing atmosphere.
The ambience only helps to enhance the dining experience. The concept is sharing and the portions are generously aimed for two, though ideally go with a group of clients so you can try everything. The food is an Asian and Latino fusion, and cooking techniques are infused with the flavours of tropical fruits and vegetables. The Tunapica is delicious, as is the miso-cured black cod, with edamame salad and tempura shisito peppers.
The lobster Boniato mash is always a firm favourite.
The staff are attentive and friendly, and with a fine selection of wines the sommelier is sure to enlighten you.
You can't leave without trying one of the award-winning desserts. I recommend the Cuban Opera - chocolate layer cake with coffee mousse and milk chocolate fudge, etc.
This is a comfortable restaurant, where you can take time over lunch on occasions when there's lots to discuss.
Where: St Martins Lane Hotel, London WC2
Contact: 020 7300 5500
How much: Lunch £35pp; dinner £50