Chef’s top tables: Louis Pous

Cuban culinary maestro and executive chef at Asia de Cuba, Luis Pous has cooked for Fidel Castro; here he reveals the dining venues he rates

Komodo

Miami

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Komodo is a well put-together Asian fusion oasis that emits an addictive energy. Although it is a large venue – the multilevel space comprises a restaurant, lively lounge and patio area – it runs like a small one. It’s impossible to miss the most raved about dish – Peking duck – as it’s the first thing you see when you enter the restaurant. The restaurant placed ads in Miami’s Chinese newspaper to source the crispiest skinned, most succulent duck in town.

Favourite dish: Peking duck.

Little Prince

New York

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One of the most endearing restaurant’s I’ve ever been to, Little Prince truly reflects its name. Emanating the feel of a living room, this old school brasserie serves up the epitome of French cuisine and the chef sources all the produce from the local market, meaning you’ll rarely find the same item on the menu twice.

Favourite dish:  The crudités with market vegetables and tarragon aïoli, and the pesto zucchini pasta with heirloom
cherry tomatoes.

Pollen Street Social

London

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Following a philosophy of ‘deformalised fine dining’, the Michelin star Pollen Street Social in London’s Mayfair is my go-to whenever I’m in the city. Chef Jason Atherton has nailed the French/English cuisine, and the à la carte menu changes with the seasons, which is something that tempts me back again and again. It has an eclectic interior and there is an incredible private dining room.

Favourite dish: Be sure to try the goat’s cheese churros.

On my wish list…

The iconic The French Laundry in Napa Valley by Chef Thomas Keller, which recently underwent a four-year US$10 million renovation. I love the way they do business using French techniques, and Keller is a pioneer of farm to table cuisine.
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