Las Iguanas re-opening their doors on Tuesday was definitely one of the best happenings of the week. We enjoyed the atmosphere, the beautiful Latin American food and drinks, and we loved the professional dancers welcoming us at the entrance.
The restaurant has a perfect location for two main reasons:
1. It is on the riverside
2. It is just opposite to our check-in desk, so you don’t need to go far for quality food and drinks
The first thing we noticed after entering to the restaurant is how spacious it became after the makeover: there is plenty of room at the bar as well as at the dining area.
The staff were extremely friendly; especially our waiter, who served us on the evening (unfortunately we can’t remember his name, but he is tall, has dark hair and a little beard). He gave us many recommendations and explained everything about some dishes, which we thought was very helpful. We thought it was a really nice touch that apart from the à la carte menu, Las Iguanas also offers their guests a separate vegetarian / vegan menu. Thumbs up for that!
Our cocktails and mocktails were delicious (the Smoked Rum Old Fashioned was an absulute winner).
We decided to order Calamares (crispy squid sprinkled with seaweed salt & served with aioli), Dadinhos (crispy cheesy cubes served with sticky chilli jam), Shredded Duck Tacos (two soft tacos with roast duck & caramelised onion with spicy cranberry salsa) and Chicken Coxinha
(a popular Brazilian snack of smoky chipotle chicken wrapped in potato dough, covered in panko crumb & deep-fried, served with sticky chilli jam).
For our mains, we had Moqueca de Peixe (peeled prawns, white fish & peppers cooked in our homemade creamy coconut, fresh tomato & lime sauce with spring onion rice, sweet plantain, pico de gallo & a coconut farofa to sprinkle), Bahian Coconut Chicken (chicken breast strips pan-fried in cumin, coriander & cayenne & cooked in a creamy coconut sauce with ginger, garlic, tomatoes & coriander, served with spring onion rice & shredded greens), Shelled Prawn Fajitas (cooked to order in special mix of spices, onions & peppers, served with guacamole, grated cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, roasted tomato salsa & soft wheat tortillas) and the Gaucho Steak (1Ooz sirloin steak sprinkled with ancho chilli salt, served with smoky herb chimichurri, Argentine-style roasted sweetcorn purée & a choice of fries or salad). All the portions were big and the food was tasty and so filling that only a couple of us could deal with some dessert after having them.
To finish our dinner, we chose to share a Creamy Caramel Cake (layers of soaked sponge drizzled with dulce de leche, topped with caramelised cream & blueberries) for our waiter’s recommendation – thanks for that – and Brownie, Cookie & Ice Cream (warm gooey chocolate brownie pieces, vanilla ice cream & a dulce de leche cookie sandwich), which were both fantastic.
Let’s Go Punting would like to thank Las Iguanas for the delicious dishes and wish them good luck and success in the future. We will definitely we back!
#GIFTED (We were invited to Las Iguanas for a complimentary meal to celebrate their restaurant makeover and new menu).