Food Review: Las Iguanas, Nottingham

Did I ever tell you about the time I almost went for dinner at Las Iguanas?  No, I don’t think I did.  It wasn’t a good day and to be honest, at the time, I didn’t really want to talk about it.

In a nutshell, at the end of January I had planned to go for dinner with a group of friends from my new operatic society but due to a series of unfortunate events I never actually made it to the restaurant.  I was gutted! I’d been really looking forward to some delicious food and good company. I may have had a little cry.

Luckily for me all was not lost as I had also been invited by Gemini PR to attend the Las Iguanas VIP event to celebrate their makeover and new menu launch.  So, last week Mr Mess and I headed over to Nottingham to see if this time I could have a successful visit.Las Iguanas Nottingham restaurantLas Iguanas is a restaurant and bar which offers authentic Latin America food and a great selection of delicious cocktails (something I usually look for when booking for dinner).  Although the restaurant is situated in an area of Nottingham I’m not hugely familiar with, it was really easy to find and only a few minutes from the city centre.Las Iguanas Latin American restaurant Nottingham

Upon walking into Las Iguanas I was instantly impressed with the vibrant decor and atmosphere.  The music was perhaps a little loud for my taste, not exactly conducive to conversation but it be a great venue for a night out with friends or workmates.

There was a great variety of options on the menu from all different regions of South America.  There was almost too much choice – I found it really hard to decide.  I imagine even the fussiest eater could have found something they liked.  The menu also appeared to cater for lots of different dietary requirements, including vegetarian and gluten free.

Las Iguanas latin american foodFor my starter I chose Dadinhos which are basically crispy cubes of cheese served with a chilli jam.  These were incredibly moreish and although there were possibly a couple more than I actually needed in the serving, I’m a bit of a cheese fiend so it didn’t stop me from wolfing every one of them down!Mr Mess opted for the Gambas (prawns) to start with.  Gambas are usually slightly fiddly but the preparation of these made them easy to deal with.  I have it under good authority from Mr M that they were delicious.My choice for my main course was a firm favourite of mine, burritos!  These were definitely some of the best I’ve ever tasted.  As well as rich, flavourful beef, the burritos were also stuffed with cheese and rice.  The portion was so generous that Mr M had to help me finish it off.  The burritos were pretty spicy but luckily my 2-for-1 Pina Coladas helped to cool me down!

Mr Mess’ main course was a Cuban sandwich, think of it as a burger but filled with tender pulled pork, cheese and relish.  It was served with chips (yummy, I nicked some) and coleslaw.  Mr Mess thought it was a real winner and gave it his full seal of approval.Processed with VSCO with  presetAt Las Iguanas, it’s cocktail 2-for-1 happy hour all day, every day, which is a huge draw for me.  If, like me, you’re a big fan of cocktails then an evening out can be really costly, but the BOGOF offer means you can afford to treat yourself and not break the bank.Processed with VSCO with  preset

Mr Mess and I really enjoyed our introduction to Las Iguanas and I was incredibly grateful that I finally got the chance to sample their delicious food.  My only criticism of the evening was that it did take quite a while for our food to arrive after we were seated.  We waited around 40 minutes for our starters, which meant we didn’t eat until 9pm, by which time I was VERY hungry!  Still, it did mean I really appreciated the food when it arrived.

I’m hoping the long wait time was due to the fact that the restaurant was packed with people for the VIP event.  It certainly wouldn’t stop me booking to go for another meal, but I would probably try and find a quieter night.

All of the staff at Las Iguanas were incredibly friendly and helpful, talking us through menu options where appropriate.  I have to say a massive thank you to all of them as well as the Gemini PR team for inviting me along to the event.  It was a great evening and as always it was nice to be able to share it with Mr M.

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