A Latin American lunch with Las Iguanas Cambridge

A Latin American lunch with Las Iguanas Cambridge

I’m very excited to be writing this post for a number of reasons. One, because it’s a foodie post, two, because to prepare for the post I had to eat…a lot, and three, because I’m genuinely excited I’ve been given the chance to collaborate with such a big brand! Thank you Las Iguanas!

So as you may have gathered in my opening para, I was invited recently to give a review of Last Iguanas restaurant in Cambridge.

It’s somewhere I’ve been many times before, but I have to admit nine times out of ten it’s the two for one cocktail offer (all day everyday people) that has usually been the reason behind my visit.

Excitingly on this occasion I was sent on a mission to try their Latin American dishes and experience the Las Iguanas cooking for myself, but of course that didn’t stop me making the most of the cocktail offer whilst I was doing so…

The Atmosphere

One thing I think Las Iguanas is well known for and I can totally see why is the relaxed and fun atmosphere. They have a really lovely vibe in the restaurants which means you never feel too far away from a happy smile or an infectious giggle.

las iguanas cambridge

The interior totally matches the atmosphere, it’s bubbly and bright and your eyes are just drawn to all the colour.

las iguanas cambridge

There are plenty of large tables which makes Las Iguanas the perfect spot for a party, we were sat next to a group of gals who I think were on a Cambridge hen party and they were clearly loving it! I mean how could you not with that cocktail offer?!

las iguanas cambridge

I have to give a special shout out to one of the waiting staff at the Cambridge branch who was clearly a bit of an Instagram queen herself. She had specifically chosen the best table in the house for lighting. Those of you who blog will know how bloody difficult it is to get a decent shot when you’re sat in ‘mood lighting’ being shadowed on by a huge plant or a big door.

las iguanas cambridge

The Food

Here comes the good stuff…

As we were pretty hungry when we arrived at Las Iguanas for lunch we decided to start off with a bread board:

Sliced ciabatta, jalapeño cornbread & pão de queijo with dunking chipotle butter, olive oil & balsamic

las iguanas bread board

I loved the range of bread they had chosen for the breadboard, although I probably would have been happy with just some crispy white with balsamic and olive oil (what a combo), it was amazing to try something a little more unusual.

The cornbread was almost like a soft piece of cake which crumbled into your mouth, and the cheesy bread balls dipped into the chipotle butter was a taste sensation.

las iguanas bread board

To enable me to eat as much as possible (all for the sake of the review of course) we decided to order some of their tapas dishes. I’m a lover of tapas style eating anyway, and it’s a huge help to me considering how indecisive I am.

Mini Chorizo Dogs

mini chorizo dogs las iguanas

It’s hard to say what my favourite part of the tapas was but if I had to pick out one that was at least very near the top it would probably be these mini hot dogs.

Surprisingly (considering how much I can eat), I often find a full hotdog far too filling – something to do with the excessive amount of bread, so it was quite refreshing change to have these bitesize pieces of deliciousness. The brioche was like eating a cloud, so gorgeous and fluffy.

Halloumi Skewers

This is another new addition to their menu which I think is a fantastic success. The chicken thighs were so juicy and had a nice crunchy style batter around the edge.

The Drinks and Dessert

Caipirinha

las iguanas cocktail

As I mentioned earlier Las Iguanas have an irresistible cocktail offer on so to keep us company with the food we ordered a couple a long with a fresh crisp glass of wine.

las iguanas drinks

What’s super lovely about the Cambridge branch in particular is that it sits right on the river Cam. We spent the afternoon with our drinks just watching the world (mostly punts and bikes) go by.

There was absolutely no doubt in our minds when it came to pudding and our eyes darted straight for the best thing on the menu…

las iguanas churros

Churros

Cinnamon-sugar dusted churros with dips for dunking. Served with a choice of chocolate ganache or dulce de leche (or both, if you order six).

In all honestly this is some of the best Churros I’ve ever had. It was the perfect balance of crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and the dipping sauces it was served with were just oh wow too good.

churros las iguanas

You’re probably not surprised to hear that even after the numerous tapas dishes we demolished there was still space to polish off the Churros, and i’m so glad we did.

esther with wine

We had an absolute ball at Las Iguanas in Cambridge and I would highly recommend you go to try out the new bits on their menu which you can also see here.

I mean if nothing else, surely that cocktail offer is enough to warrant a visit?

Do you have a branch near you? Let me know!

P.S Just for your information, the lovely people at the Las Iguanas invited me to enjoy this experience in exchange for a blog review, however everything you read on my blog comes from the heart, and I would never promote anything I didn’t truly recommend.

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. October 29, 2018 / 6:46 am

    My friends laugh at me when I’m doing a review because I’ll move tables to get the best light, I just can’t cope being stuck in a corner where the light’s bad! At the weekend we were reviewing a restaurant that was SO dark, it was really atmospheric but a little like dining in a very dark cave – those pictures will be interesting!

    I haven’t been to Las Iguanas for such a long time so this has been a great reminder to go back!

    • estherruthwyse
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      October 29, 2018 / 11:08 am

      Haha it’s so important isn’t it!! It’s almost impossible to get good photos with such bad lighting, it can only really be atmospheric vibes haha! I can’t wait to see your review – make sure you get yourself over for some cocktails soon! xxx

  2. October 31, 2018 / 7:56 am

    I am so interested in trying this place! We’ve been looking for some good Latin restaurants here.

    • estherruthwyse
      Author
      November 1, 2018 / 6:21 am

      You should definitely give it a try 😍

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