When to go to Las Iguanas…
…when you crave Mexican food in a fun environment with quick service and (for London) wallet friendly prices.
When not to go to Las Iguanas…
…when you’re after super fine dining over a quiet cosy dinner with serious chat on the agenda.
Las Iguanas is awesome. Really it is. It’s not posh and it’s no pretentious. It’s loud and busy and cheerful and if you’re after decent Mexican food and excellent happy hour cocktails, you’re onto a winner here.
It’s also the kind of place you can go to with different groups of friends…work colleagues? Check. Girlfriends? Check. Double date night? Check. I’ve done all of these and had a great time every time.
Portions are generous, beers are cold, smiles are genuine. Can’t really ask for or expect a lot more especially when you are in one the busiest areas of London as I have been on several occasions at the Southbank branch.
The taco trays to share at the start are excellent value with the Tinga chicken being a real favourite alongside the spicy, succulent Albondigas meatballs and the ever dependable Cha-Cha Chorizo.
Mains wise, I can wholeheartedly recommend the butternut squash, red pepper and spinach chimichanga which was filling, hearty and just the right side of being cheesily overloaded and the Camarao a la Criolla, which boasts fat, juicy prawns in a gorgeous sauce that alternated between tasting creamy from the coconut milk and spicy from the chilli, coriander and cumin. Served with a heaping portion of fragrant rice and soft warm tortillas, this was a beautifully different meal offering to to the delicious-but-standard burritos, fajitas and nachos.
If, and it’s a big if given the hungry mama size of the mains, you have room for pudding, the creamy caramel cake is pretty unbeatable. Dulce de leche is truly a heavenly substance and soaked into soft sponge and topped with cream and blueberries as it is here, it’s simply awesome.
The only things that makes a loud, happy place like this even better is if the drinks match the food and good on ya, Las Iguanas, because they really do. A generous happy hour from 12-7pm and all day Sunday and Monday means you can quench your thirst and then some for a pretty impressive price…FYI, the Strawberry Red, the Brazilina Bellini and the Iguana Cosmo are all a mighty fine way of washing down this utterly delicious carb fest of a feast.