On Wednesday evening I headed into Norwich to see my friend Brookie, and to visit the city’s brand new restaurant – Las Iguanas!
I’d never heard of Las Iguanas before, but found out they’re part of a chain which has restaurants dotted up and down the county, offering authentic Latin American specialities. The latest branch of Las Iguanas has literally just opened up on 10th November at Riverside in Norwich (next to Nando’s) The extensive menu is designed ‘to bring authentic South America to every table, every day’ and it reflects the diverse mix of Spanish, Portuguese, African and native Latino influences that make up South American culture.
All dishes are cooked freshly to order and Las Iguanas prides itself on using only the freshest, highest quality produce from the best British suppliers, lovingly combined with carefully sourced authentic ingredients from around the world. It sounded right up my street!
Firstly I thought I’d show you a little pre going out selfie! I was planning on wearing my gorgeous new Imany Oriental Print Kimono from Blue Vanilla via EtailPR. I was over the moon when this arrived, it’s such a pretty garment and the colours are super festive which I love! I put it on ready to wear to visit Las Iguanas but decided not to wear in out the end as I had visions of dipping the fringing in my dinner and getting covered in food!! Ha ha! 😀
We arrived at Las Iguanas and were seated. After looking at the amazingly vast menu for quite a while we decided to share three plates of tapas for startes – Calamares – whole baby calamari, sliced & coated in crisp crumb cassava, with creamy aioli. Gambas – massive whole prawns, split & cooked in a garlic, lemon & chilli sauce, served with ciabatta, and Pato Taquito – rich shreds of roast duck & caramelised onion rolled in a flour tortilla & char-grilled, with a spicy cranberry salsa. I can’t even tell you how good these were!
For my main mean I had The Extraordinary Xinxim – (pronounced zin-zim) This was lime chicken in a crayfish & peanut sauce with spring onion & garlic rice & fine green beans. It also came with sweet plantains, I’ve never had them before and now I love them! Brookie had Camaro De Calabaza – which was baked butternut squash with peeled prawns in a mild spiced tomato & melted cheese sauce and served with garlic rice.
For dessert I had an amazing chocolate cake and Brookie had some crazy doughnut things with dipping chocolate and caramel. Sorry I don’t have the dessert menu so I can’t show off with the fancy menu names and descriptions for this course! 🙂 By this point we were a bit broken, after the first two courses and three cocktails we were completely stuffed! I actually had to leave some of my amazing dessert which is completely unheard of for me!
I then thought I’d better ‘walk off’ the meal a bit, so I had a wander around and took some photos. The restaurant has been decorated beautifully with vintage and reclaimed finishes, giving the space a wonderful rustic and comfortable feel. The main restaurant is light and airy with shades of coral, sage and mustard, highlighted with vintage Latin wall art and artisan tiling.
We had such a lovely night catching up and gorging ourselves on the fantastic food the restaurant had to offer. I really can’t recommend Las Iguanas enough – the food was amazing, the staff were lovely and the service was spot on. I’ll definitely be going back there soon!
I hope you enjoyed my review! xxx