This project marks Rafael de Cárdenas’ vision for Asia de Cuba, a restaurant that is reinventing its identity while remaining true to its Asian-Latin menu.
Asia de Cuba, designed by Rafael de Cárdenas, is quintessentially modern. Smoky, distinct hues of wenge, walnut, and sienna help define the feel for the space. Rafael juxtaposes classic tropical imagery with modern, parallel lines and geometric symmetry throughout. An Evan Gruzis mural graces the interior.
Tasteful busts are housed in wall boxes, painted in shades of cerulean, indigo, and blue light. The aesthetic is characterized by an opulent Havana nightlife, reminiscent of the Hyman Roth and Michael Corelone era we think of when we conjure images of Cuba’s decadent past. Although, the Asian-Latin fusion menu is surely a taste of the 21st century.
A faux skylight imbues charm by creating a warm, seductive atmosphere while intimate lighting emanates from the wall spaces. The bar is situated behind statuary marble; mint ultra suede paneling enhances the walls. Rafael’s re-creation of Asia de Cuba will draw clientele interested in having a sultry affair with delectable cuisine. This space is Kentucky Sidecar smooth.
Photography courtesy of Rafael de Cárdenas