Thursday, 14 December 2017

Food: Las Iguanas


Style: South American   Location: Temple Street, Birmingham city centre

Price: ££ (Around £25 for 2 courses and 241 cocktails, offers frequently available)

The venue

It might not be the most authentic South American cuisine, but Las Iguanas is a good, fun place to spend time, with some tasty food and great cocktail offers.

Birmingham's newest site on Temple Street opened in the summer. It's huge, with a bar area for cocktails and snacks, plenty of booths and a large seating area at the back. 


Drinks

The cocktail menu is extensive and they are all 241, a terrifying thought in so many ways. Some work better than others. I'd suggest anything cava-based and the Dark'n'Stormy and Long Island Iced Teas are good too. Some of the sweeter and fruitier ones taste a bit like squash.

There's also beers, wines and non-alcoholic cocktails.


Food

The food at Las Iguanas is a varied mix of items you'd expect to find (fajitas, burritos) some traditional Brazilian stews and crowd pleasers like ribs and burgers with a vaguely Mexican twist. I wouldn't usually order wings from somewhere like Las Iguanas, but something made me choose the flaming hot habanero chicken wings (£6.30) and goodness me I'm glad I did. The wings were unjointed, which makes many critics cross (apparently it makes them cook unevenly) but I quite like ripping them apart. The sauce really was flaming hot, but not so hot that the sweetness of the sauce didn't come through. I'm a fan of very hot wings, but if you struggle, these wouldn't be for you. Despite the lashings of hot sauce, the skin had retained its crispiness.


Edd, my dining partner, had chosen Empandas (£7.40) which come filled with minty, spicy lamb. There's also a veggie version with brie and mango.


I was already pretty full at this point, so I chose a non-meat based dish for my main. The Enchilada (£9.95 for veggie version) was a tortilla rolled and stuffed with butternut squash, spinach, red pepper and cheese. This was served on a bed of rice and refried beans. I really appreciated all the vegetables here and it had a good spicy kick. It was a huge portion for a tenner and I'll certainly have this again. 


Edd chose the Havana Club and Jerk BBQ Pork Ribs (£18.50) which had a good amount of spice.


It may not be an authentic experience (what is?!) but the food is consistent and there are often vouchers available. I've been back since for my mum's birthday, where we drank gin cocktails and ate half roast chickens. A good addition to the city centre.

Las Iguanas

Photos by Helen and Edd

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes

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