Lifestyle: Let’s Lunch ~ Las Iguanas 

Las Iguanas is one of those restaurants that I have only visited a number of times but I am always looking forward to visiting time and again and sad I don’t have one close by in my town.

Las Iguanas
The first time I visited Las iguanas was when MOH and I went out for a date night in Cambridge town centre over 6 years ago now. There is a number of awesome restaurant chains in Cambridge and all have their own charms but MOH and I settled for Las Iguanas with hopes and dreams that one day we can visit Latin American countries and what better way to start than to try out some of their delicacies.

A few weekends ago I met up with my good friend Melissa and we decided to eat at Las Iguanas. This was not our first time, last year we met up and went to Las Iguanas were we had the best cocktails ever so much that we vowed to return and almost a year later we did.  Las Iguanas is a Latin American restaurants which serves the best and irresistible food dishes with Portuguese, Spanish, India and African influences.

Atmosphere 4/4

When we arrived the place was packed as usual which is always a good sign but there were enough places at the bar to sit and enjoy a few drinks before being seated. We didn’t have to wait long (15-20 minutes) to be seated upon arrival at the restaurant. Though the place was packed it was not noisy, it had a nice ambiance and very relaxed environment.

Service 3/4

Like I said we were seated pretty quickly from when we entered Las Iguanas. The staff was friendly enough and very attentive which was highly appreciated. A few minutes after being seated and given our menus, waiter came and we ordered same cocktails like the last time we visited. I previously had Mango Collins (Malibu, strawberry, liqueur,lemon & cranberry Juices and lemonade) and since it was happy hour I managed to get another cocktail for free a passion fruit & orange cooler. This time round we ordered a pitcher each of the same cocktail and it was just as amazing as last time.

Food 3/4

Las Iguanas

XinXim chicken in Lime & Coconut Sauce

Las Iguanas

Rice, sweet Plantain, green beans

Las Iguanas

Chicken & Crayfish in lime and coconut sauce

The food was delicious and mouth-watering, last time I ordered Enchilada (£10.95) with beef but this time I wanted what my friend had last time which was XinXim (£13.95) which is chicken & crayfish in creamy lime & peanut sauce with spring onions, fine green beans, coconut farofa and sweet plantain. To say this meal really touched the spot, flavours exploded in your mouth is not giving it enough justice. The creamy lime & peanut sauce complimented the chicken & crayfish so well it was a sin to leave anything on the plate. My palate was thoroughly enlightened and rejoiced in the succulent flavours that the coconut farofa and sweet plantain brought to the table. Both my friend and I enjoyed this meal and happy to eat it again from Las Iguanas.

Las Iguanas

Tembleque: creamy set coconut pudding with mixed berries & mango purée

 

Las Iguanas

Tembleque: creamy set coconut pudding with mixed berries & mango purée

For dessert I opted for the Tembleque (£4.50) which is a creamy set coconut pudding with mixed berries & mango purée. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavours in my pudding but saddened at how scarce the ‘mango purée’ was, I mean it was barely there to taste but it was a nice pudding regardless. My friend had the churros (£3.95) and she wasn’t overly impressed as she felt they were better last year(2015) than this year (2016) but the waiter did mention there was a change in chef.

Pricing 4/4

I think the pricing was fair for the quality of food you get. The foods still had their original flavours, the chicken was tender, the sauce was thick enough, the plantain was cooked just right and the rice was on point. I was overly fond of the green beans though I did eat a few.

Overall

I think the restaurant serves really good foods and the staff are friendly enough. The ambiance was great throughout and I would go back again for seconds thirds and more. The food did arrive a bit late and waiter explained it was due to change in chef and profusely apologized for the delay but we were so busy chatting we didn’t really care much until we looked around and everyone seemed to have their food 😔.

Have you ever been to Las Iguanas before? What are/were your thoughts?

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  1. tauyanm
    May 6, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    looks like a nice place to enjoy with family and friends, those foods looks yummy! i love anything with coconut!

    • May 7, 2016 / 5:32 am

      It’s definitely nice and cosy

  2. May 2, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    I used to love going here before I learnt how to cook. I haven’t eaten here in a long time. The food is normally average and nothing special. Shame the service wasn’t great. I think that makes eating out x

    • May 3, 2016 / 4:11 am

      The food is always good for me there but the service was not 100%

  3. April 30, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Las Iguanas? aaaaaaaahm.. I do not like that name at all because it reminds me of those creatures I hated so much when I was in Dominica. Food looks good though

    • May 1, 2016 / 5:06 pm

      For real? What were the creatures? Ooh and thanks

  4. April 30, 2016 / 8:45 am

    The food looks delicious but I think I would have been annoyed by the wait

    • April 30, 2016 / 9:18 am

      I would have been except we were busy talking

  5. April 30, 2016 / 7:02 am

    The food looks good! I have just woke up and so hungry now 🙂 I hate it when you have to wait though. I would love to try here, I’ve never been before..

    • April 30, 2016 / 7:22 am

      Aww bless I hope you give it a try.

  6. April 29, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    The food looks good. Sorry your service was slow, that can really affect your opinion.

    • April 30, 2016 / 4:40 am

      Absolutely slow service can skew options but thankfully we spent so much time talking and catching up that we didn’t realise it until later

  7. April 29, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Oh my- it looks so delicious!

    • April 30, 2016 / 4:38 am

      It was

  8. April 29, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    You kinda had me worries a little. I thought you posted that you were eating iguanas for lunch. Thankfully I read through and realized I read it wrong. Looks like a great lunch!

    • April 30, 2016 / 4:38 am

      Hahahaha lol

  9. April 29, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I haven’t been to Las Iguanas for ages. I really enjoyed the food when I went before so perhaps it’s about time for a another visit. Your food choices look fab

    • April 30, 2016 / 4:37 am

      Thanks Zena, there food is just delicious

  10. April 29, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Such a great food photos. They all look delicious!

    • April 30, 2016 / 4:37 am

      Thanks

  11. April 29, 2016 / 9:03 am

    everything looks yum! and boy, I hope I can grab a bite of that beautiful dessert through my laptop screen! 😀

    • April 30, 2016 / 8:19 am

      hahahaha

  12. April 29, 2016 / 12:28 am

    It is 426 here in the afternoon in the moment I looked at your pictures they literally made me starve. I love the place! I feel at home.

    • April 29, 2016 / 11:44 am

      Awww bless

  13. April 28, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    We’ve never been to this chain, but heard there’s a new branch opened in Basingstoke. Must take a trip to visit it 🙂

    • April 29, 2016 / 11:44 am

      Yes I heard the same and hope you get a chance to try it out

  14. Stacy
    April 28, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    These are all looks amazing. I love the desserts

    • April 28, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      It was amazing

  15. April 28, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    The food looks exquisite ! Full of color and flavor!

    • April 28, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      Thanks

  16. April 28, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    I have some friends who would love this place! The pictures are making me hungry.

    • April 28, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Thanks

  17. April 28, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    These pictures make me really hungry. Unfortunately, I have never visited Las Iguanas nor been to any Latin American restaurants. I am going to google it to see if I can find one here in London.

    • April 30, 2016 / 4:51 am

      I think they have some in branches in London and hope you manage to check it out.

  18. April 28, 2016 / 11:56 am

    Oh wow yum, the Chicken & Crayfish in lime and coconut sauce would be my choice x

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:21 pm

      It definitely was yum

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      Hope they do

  19. April 28, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Seeing all of this food is making hungry. Since the wife had her gastric op, we have kind of been limited to eating out as we used to do. Great food and looks like a great place for a family meal.

    Thanks for Sharing

    John M

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      I am sure as soon as Angela is able to stomach this you guys will have a taste

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:18 pm

      It’s amazing indeed

  20. April 28, 2016 / 7:41 am

    Las Iguanas is one of my favourite places to eat. I am a bit boring though and always have the Blazing bird! Your food looks yummy x

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:18 pm

      I love blazing bird had it the first time I went

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      The sauce had a bit curry flavours but that made it even more yummy

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      Used to love?? It was awesome

  21. Elizabeth O.
    April 28, 2016 / 4:39 am

    I am a self proclaimed foodie, hence, trying out restaurants is definitely considered as a hobby for me. I love the influences this restaurant has, some are what I consider the best cuisines the world can offer. Thanks for sharing your experience as well!

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      You’re welcome

  22. April 28, 2016 / 3:56 am

    Omg, mangos and berries what a great combination, looks so delicious! id love to try it.

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      It’s a definite winner

  23. April 28, 2016 / 2:01 am

    I’m dying — that food looks amazing! That Chicken and Crayfish looks delish!

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      Hahaha and it was

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      You should check it out

  24. April 27, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I’m glad you were able to share this with us. I would probably try this food if I were given the opportunity.

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      You’re most welcome

  25. April 27, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    The food looks good, but that desert has me drooling! Yum!

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      Hahahaha you and me both

  26. April 27, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    I really like Las Iguanas and always struggle to choose what to have because I like so much on the menu. The two for one cocktails are an added bonus!
    Alana x

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      They do have a nice me menu

  27. April 27, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Funny enough, I walked past Las Iguanas in Birmingham yesterday – I have never heard of it before! (I presume it is part of a chain?) Your review is great, the food sounds lovely. Kaz x

    • April 30, 2016 / 4:41 am

      I think it is a chain but I would be wrong. Thanks

  28. April 27, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    great review – the photos of the food are really good. It sounds like a fab place to go.

    • April 28, 2016 / 2:11 pm

      Thanks Annie

  29. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    April 27, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Oh yum! The food there looks amazing. I would love to grab a bite there someday!

    • April 27, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      You should it’s not to be missed

    • April 27, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      You should check it out its awesome and the food was good

  30. April 27, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    I’ve been to Las Iguanas a few times and I must admit that I have never had a bad meal there!

    • April 27, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      I am yet to have a bad meal too

  31. April 27, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    I have never been to Las Iguanas before but I think it is great that it overall it was an exceptional experience. The mango puree did look distinctly lacking but I think the desert looked good regardless!

    • April 27, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you, I thought I was just complaining and that’s how mango purée is served lol

  32. April 27, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    The food looks delicous and my type of place to go. I’ve been to a local las iguanas once but only for drinks.

    • April 27, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      They have some amazing and affordable drinks too

  33. April 27, 2016 / 11:41 am

    I’ve never been to Las Iguanas but the food looks really tasty. That dessert looks amazing!

    • April 27, 2016 / 11:59 am

      It was divine though wished there was more mango purée

  34. April 27, 2016 / 9:21 am

    That’s my idea of dining out. Will see if this restaurant has any branches near us! 😉 xx

    • April 27, 2016 / 10:48 am

      Hope they do and you can check it out

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