Las Iguanas

20th October 2016 5.30pm

www.iguanas.co.uk/locations/edinburgh

I’ll be honest with you, we were lured to Las Iguanas by the £3.90 all day every day cocktails. The food looked like a decent offering from the menu so we thought we’d give it a go. Situated on the corner of George Street and Charlotte Square, Las Iguanas is set on two floors with a spacious feel and retro furnishings. We got perusing the menus. They had a whole heap of menus, offering gluten free and vegan menus and also a shorter menu that covered up til 6.30pm. One of us ordered completely from the early menu and then the other two of us decided to do a mix and match between us, with me having a starter from the main menu and the main from the early menu and vice versa for my friend. So I went for the calamari followed by the blazing bird with BBQ jerk sauce, whilst my other friends went for the nachos and the moqueca de peixe and for the quesadilla and the South American torta. We obviously ordered our first round of cocktails too. Whilst there is an extensive drinks menu, there is still a fair bit of choice on the all day every day £3.90 cocktail section, with over 20 options. Every one we tried was really good.

So the starters arrived and whilst my calamari didn’t look overly exciting, it was actually some of the best calamari I’ve had as it was in a cayenne and cassava crumb, which gave it and exciting twist that I really enjoyed. The nachos were going down well and I have to say that it did look like a vibrant starter. The quesadilla, which I almost chose myself, also were enjoyed (apologies for the photos though, we started eating before I remembered to take snaps).

Onto the mains. My blazing bird was massive. There was definitely no skimping on meat here which made it excellent value for money. The BBQ jerk sauce didn’t have much kick but was pleasant nonetheless. The meat did get a bit dry in places but not enough for me to feel disappointed. I had a choice of sides to go with the chicken; fries, curly fries or salad. I obviously went for curly fries, the king of the chip. These were great and tasted nice dipped in the BBQ jerk sauce. The accompanying slaw was probably not big enough so felt a little pointless on the plate. The moqueca de peixe, which is essentially a Brazilian seafood dish in a coconut, tomato and lime sauce, had some impressive presentation as the bowl of seafood sat atop a candle in an earthenware stand to keep it warmed and an additional plate arrived with rice and plantain, as well as bits and pieces to sprinkle on top. This dish got the thumbs up and was enjoyed very much. I am tempted to try that on a future visit. My other dining companion said the South American torta was ‘yummy’. Although she opted for fries rather than curly which I have to say didn’t look as appetising but she was happy with her choice.

Cocktails - Las Iguanas

Cocktails – Las Iguanas

We couldn’t fit in any desserts but we did have a look on the menu and there were some good choices along with some boozy coffees if that’s your bag.

We really enjoyed our trip to Las Iguanas and will most likely be back.

Food – 7.5/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 10/10

Overall – 33.5/40

Would I eat here again? Yes and get more cocktails!

Cost £65 for three starters, mains and 6 cocktails (one non-alcoholic).

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