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Restaurant Review: Las Iguanas, Queen Street, Exeter by Sue Stoneman


Tickle your taste buds at Las Iguanas and travel on a foodie journey through the Latin American countries of Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Peru.  Enjoy some traditional dishes, and sip your way through the exciting drinks menu with their all-day happy hour.

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Our waiter Sam invited my friend and I to our seats in an alcove looking on to Queen Street and the diners eating al-fresco.  We’d been invited down to Las Iguanas to sample some of their cocktails and the diverse, exciting latin inspired food that they’ve become known for.

Las Iguanas offers 2 for 1 on identical orders from their vast menu of cocktails and pitchers. We each had a Rum Runner, and later, a tropical cooler ‘mocktail’ (non alcoholic cocktail), which were the perfect choices for a hot summer’s evening.

We sipped on drinks our as we digested the mountainous food menu and enjoyed the infectious Latin atmosphere. This could be a long evening as there was so much choice from the different menus, so we opted for some tortilla chips and dips while we perused.

If you order from the tapas menu before 7pm you can have 3 dishes for £15.95 or 5 dishes for £25.95 which is always great for sharing. We ordered one tapas dish each and a main as we were hoping to save room for dessert!  We could have chosen from a Nightlife Menu which was £14.95 per person which included a starter and a main which did offer a good choice of dishes, but tonight we were eating our way through the menu booklet which gave us lots more choice and cost just a little bit more.

I chose the unusually named Albondigas for my starter, which was Patagonian-style lamb meatballs with apple and topped with parmesan cheese in a tasty tomato sauce. My friend went for the Havana Club & Jerk BBQ glazed pork ribs, both of which were tasty and the ribs particularly meaty, juicy and quite spicy.

For mains, after recommendation from the waiter, I was taken to Brazil and ordered the Bahian Coconut Chicken – a creamy mild curry dish with shredded greens, a bit like curly kale. There were plenty of side options, but we knew our eyes were getting too big for our bellies. My friend tasted the delights of Mexico and enjoyed chicken fajitas, which arrived sizzling in a pan with plenty of tortillas and toppings of sour cream, guacamole, grated cheese, roasted tomato salsa and jalapeños.  She likes her food spicy so added in some of the sliced green jalapeños into her wraps.

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Bahian Coconut Chicken from Brazil
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Chicken Fajitas from Mexico

With just a little room left, I chose the pina colada mess for dessert – a really refreshing bowl of pina colada ice cream with surprise pieces of caramelised and crispy pineapple and coconut. My friend had the Dulce De Leche macadamia cheesecake which was very sweet with the caramel sauce.

You can pimp your dessert with a shot of rum for £2 if you like! There would be something to suit everyone depending if you have left room after you mains.

There is a separate bar area upstairs which is popular in the evenings and on the weekend with students, groups of friends and parties. Everyone can eat at Las Iguanas, with other menus from vegan, gluten free, lunch and early evening, Nightlife, the Chicas’ Cocktail Club, and a colourful kids menu which was very good value too.

Kids are well catered for at Las Iguanas with a puzzle page and toys to play with, and they can eat for free if adults order from the a la carte or full Latin American menu during the summer holidays.

We had a fabulous evening enjoying a slice of the Latin American way which can be kind on your purse for the experience.  I think I may go to Peru on my next trip!

Where?

Las Iguanas Exeter is located very near to Central Station.

79-81 Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RP. Telephone 01392 210753 to book a table.

You can find other branches locally in Plymouth and Torquay.  Also available is a delivery service.

It’s worth checking out the website for their many offers, student discounts, Bottomless Brunch on Sundays and many more.  Sign up for their newsletter then you will be notified of all the current offers which change from month to month.  I have.  It’s worth reading the terms and conditions to check the dates and availability of these.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExeterLasIguanas/

Twitter:  @lasiguanas

This was a part hosted visit.

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