Posted 20th February 2010
Okay, Okay – so maybe 6pm was leaving it a little late on the Saturday of Valentines weekend to book a table for that evening – especially when we were a table for four rather than two!
We ended up with a 9.30pm reservation for Las Iguanas on Whiteladies Road, somewhere that I’ve enjoyed drinks on a number of occasions but not at the top of my food list.
The hip and modern feel of a busy bar-cum-restaurant in the middle of a bar-crawl hotspot was married perfectly with the lively and laid back undertones of Latin America. As you were led through the bar, into a restaurant area with low lighting and soft Latin American music you forgot your location and relaxed into the rustic feel of the restaurant.
It was coronas all round and a portion of nachos to munch through whilst we made our decisions on what to order. Our server for the evening was excellent – providing us with recommendations and explanations to help us with our decision. It was great to be served by somebody who had obviously sampled the menu and was au fait with the best dishes to recommend.
The menu was varied and split into different Southern American sections including latin street food, tapas, regional dishes and Brazilian cuisine. I went for a slightly unusual choice and something which I’d never tried before but after our waitress’ recommendation was definitely intrigued, Slow cooked goat in tomato/chilli curry sauce made largely with coconut milk and served with coriander rice and a farofa & sweet plantain puerto to sprinkle over the curry.
The goat was very similar to lamb in its texture, it was incredibly tender cooked to perfection and really fell apart in your mouth. The sauce was rich and packed with different flavours and fiery latino undertones.
Other members of our Valentines party enjoyed a Puerto Rican seafood paella, tapas dishes and a tasty Mexican burrito. I think everyone agreed that the food was enjoyable and after a mouth watering mango and passion fruit cheesecake and a round of Las Iguana’s exclusively produced cachaça; we left with smiling faces and full tummies.
Verdict: A chain it may be, but we ate some great food and we all had a brilliant time – and that’s what counts!