If you’re also the type of person who wonders what happens to all the food that’s wasted at lavish Friday brunches, you’ll be pleased to learn about the fabulous afternoon concept of the Chino Latino Brunch at the stunning Asia De Cuba in Adliya.Layal Mahmoud explores…

I’ve always been bothered by food wastage, and so much of it happens at extravagant Friday brunches across the country. This is why, I quickly appreciated Asia De Cuba’s foodie offering – the Chino Latino Friday Brunch – at Gallery 21, Adliya. What makes this weekend gastronomy set-up appealing? Well, firstly you’ll find that on the buffet, there’s a conscious amount of food on display, just enough variety to keep your palate pleased, but not over the top where half of it will be left unconsumed.

And, the choice of dishes is something that impressed us too. Let’s start at the beginning… as you take your first steps into Gallery 21, you’re welcomed by a sense of luxury and once you take a left to Asia De Cuba your eyes will light up – the door will open to the liveliest garden– style venue. A beautiful glass ceiling allows natural light to flow in and brighten up your gathering, surrounded by green walls and energetic music.

At Asia De Cuba’s Chino Latino Friday Brunch you can order one salad and one main course from the brunch menu in addition to an array of great Asian delicacies on the buffet. Our waiter nicely introduced how the brunch works and then got us started with drinks and a basket of comfort starters like banana chips, black bean dip, fried chicken cubes, spring rolls, and beef fatayer. Since we were four at the table, we were lucky to be able to try four different salads and four delicious main course dishes. I ordered the roasted beetroot salad just for all the health benefits it possessed but the flavours of the different kinds of beets that were so artistically presented against the white plate were gorgeously earthy yet so fresh. The crispy calamari with banana chayote and orange sesame vinaigrette was surprisingly delicious, whilst the Gulf shrimp with watermelon and Napa cabbage is summery and refreshing, and the sweet soy beef crudo (prosciutto salad) was simply divine.

The Raw Bar Station is heaven for every ceviche lover where super fresh seafood is submerged in sensational fruity concoctions. A humble Cheese Corner alongside fresh, tasty salads including quinoa, avocado, and pasta options, are also there to be devoured. A station for noodle is great with three different kinds of soup: duck, beef, and spicy seafood curry. I tried the seafood option and it recalled great memories of my family trips to Thailand – flavours on point! And, of course, the Asian buffet would not exist without a corner dedicated to roasted chicken, duck, and different grilled fish and seafood choices as well.

On one side of the human-sized sculptures that adorned the beautiful garden was the sweet corner with delicious creations such as passion fruit mousse, and mouthwatering churros. On the other side, succulent stir-fried beef with pepper sauce, tender chicken kung pao, and amazing Cuban chicken hot pot. For mains, it was the authentic mojo duck confit with brown rice and poached egg, and a magnificent Chino Latino with lamb, jasmine rice and edamame, that stood out for mind-blowing taste. We also had no regrets about ordering the steak as it was tenderly rich. The next time you feel like brunching with your family or a big group of friends head to Adliya and try Asia De Cuba in Gallery 21; great Asian cuisine is prepared to perfection and served professionally in a unique and enthusiastic atmosphere. Can’t ask for more!


GO: CHINO LATINO BRUNCH AT ASIA DE CUBA TAKES PLACE FROM 1PM TO 4PM WITH UNLIMITED FOOD AND DRINK; CLEANSER PACKAGE IS BD25++ WITH WATER AND SELECTED CLEANSERS; HOUSE BEVERAGE PACKAGE IS BD30++ WITH SELECTED BEVERAGES AND CLEANSERS. CALL 1771 1600 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.