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Chinese New Year at Chinese Cricket Club

Last week on Tuesday night I left work and cycled down to the Chinese Cricket Club in the Crowne Plaza hotel where I met my dad. We were there to try the four course menu, which has been specially created to celebrate Chinese New Year. The menu celebrates the Year of the Horse and consisted of Sichuan specialities. We were greeted with a Chinese Cricket Club fizz cocktail upon arrival, which piqued our interest as it was bright green and apple flavoured and  through the course of the evening tried a range of dim sum and traditional dishes. The four course menu consists of a range of dishes and we had Prawn Har Gao, a steamed Pork bun and vegetable spring rolls to start, which were your typical Chinese dishes. We enjoyed a quarter of crispy aromatic Duck with lettuce wrap and trimmings for the middle course, although some bits of meat were a bit dry – there also wasn’t quite enough sauce for the amount of meat and lettuce wraps we were provided. It …

Asia de Cuba Dim Sum Brunch

I’m no stranger to brunch. I might even go as far as to say that it is my favourite meal of the day. And it’s even better if someone else makes it for you. My favoutites are eggs baked in chorizo, banana bread and pancakes with blueberry compote to name a few. I have a sweet tooth so anything sweet and cakey usually does the trick. A few of my university friends used to go to Chinatown for a Dim Sum brunch on a Sunday but I never joined them and until last weekend I never thought it was a good option. I popped to Asia de Cuba at St Martin’s Lane hotel on Sunday at midday to enjoy a range of dim sum dishes and cocktails while listening to a live Cuban band. We opted for a sashimi selection to start, which consisted of grouper with seville orange and aji amarillo, prawn, snapper and ‘confit’ watermelon, Scottish salmon and salted avocado helado and curried kingfish and passion fruit. We enjoyed all four dishes but …