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REVIEW: Las Iguanas

WHAT? A veritable rainbow of flavours and colours, Las Iguanas brings together the cocktails and traditional foods of Latin-America at super decent prices and a forever fast pace.

WHERE? With branches spread far and wide across the country (from Brighton to Birmingham via Blackpool, and more than a handful in London), you’re never too far from a 241 cocktail deal. Every visit should start by taking advantage of this fact, sampling a Caiprinha or Passion Sour Bomb (two for £9.95, all day, every day) or a pitcher for £19.95.

WHY GO? At such cheap prices, one would expect the quality to be sub par – but everything we tried came out hot and fresh, the portions large and flavours punchy. Whether you’re dropping in for some small bites and rather large order of cocktails, some tapas plates or a full three course meal, the A La Carte menu is packed with choices for most tastes.

Prefaced with make-your-own guacamole with spicy tortilla chips and cheesy Peru fondue are tapas options like ‘Pli’s prawn pastels’ (two crispy pasties filled with succulent prawns in a mildly spiced coconut, mint, rosemary & cream cheese sauce), Havana club & jerk BBQ glazed pork ribs, mushroom quesadillas or green quinoa salad.

Next come larger dishes hailing from Brazil (the menu is divided by region) including cheesy butternut squash maracana and Bahian coconut chicken, pan-fried in cumin and coriander. Mexico’s offering takes in enchiladas, fajitas, burritos and chilli (with plenty of veggie options) while Argentina is well represented by Gaucho steak and a ‘Buenos Aires burger’ with a 1OO% prime short rib & chuck beef patty, char-grilled & topped with aioli.

Lastly choose from ‘Peru & Beyond’, with the likes of Dominican goat curry, a Cuban sandwich and cauliflower and corn quinotto. Washed down with a tempting choice of dozens of cocktails (ranging from £9.95 – £12.95) it’s difficult to leave unsatisfied and impossible to leave sober.

To propel you out into the night, desserts like dulche de leche macadamia cheesecake, banana empanadas and churros can be ‘pimped’ with 25ml Havana Club Especial Rum for £2 – just the ticket to help you roll into a taxi, or if you’ve had enough Brazilian Spring Punch, onto the nearest dancefloor you can find. For a great value start to the night, with quick service suited to large groups, we can’t recommend Las Iguanas enough.

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