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Review: Las Iguanas

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Las Iguanas close up

Review: Las Iguanas. A trip to the Meadowhall Shopping Centre recently to do some Christmas shopping also saw us try out this Latin American inspired restaurant and enjoy their warmth and welcome.

Las Iguanas close up

When I think of the countries of Latin America, I think of hot weather, a laid back atmosphere, good food and drink and a little ‘caliente’. I’m pleased to say that on a busy Saturday in Meadowhall, we found this!

Castro - our waiter

Castro – our waiter

Our waiter Castro was a happy guy and couldn’t do enough for us. He took our orders, waited our table and checked back if we needed refills throughout the meal, without being overbearing. He had some great recommendations and was always up for a joke and a chat when he came to take our orders for drinks, then mains, then dessert. So I asked him to pose for my camera!

I was keen to get the drinks ordered then sort out my shopping bags, so I’m glad we were sat in a booth and had plenty of room. This was the first time I’d been shopping to a mall since the new 5p carrier bag charge had come into effect, and whilst I’m used to using my bags for life in the supermarket, it was a new experience to use them for the clothing I bought and the computer games. I felt like I needed to arrange my bags so that clothes were with clothes and not next to food! By the time I’d sorted myself out, I was ready to eat.

my burger & sweet potato fries

I knew exactly what I fancied that day, a big bad burger! I was happy that I could choose sweet potato fries or regular fries with my burger so I opted for the sweet potato. Here I was trying to get a creative shot of the burger!

burger shot

My dish was beef burger with caramelised onions, a topping of Emmental cheese, slaw and sweet potato fries. This meal came to £11.25 to give you an idea of prices. My husband wanted the Tapas and enjoyed three dishes for £14.40. You can also get five dishes for £24 so if there’s a few things you want to try, you can share amongst friends.

the family eating

My kids ordered from the children’s menu which had a good selection. Afterwards we had a pudding. I went for the Aztec chocolate fudge cake which is a warm spiced chocolate orange sponge cake with vanilla ice cream. I could really taste the orange flavours against the chocolate and it was gooey and delicious. My photo of the cake wasn’t very good so instead I took a pic of my husband’s pudding – churros!

churros

Puddings ranged in price from £3.50 to £6.50 with the average being at around the £5 mark. As you would hope for if you were in a holiday mood, it was happy hour all day at Las Iguanas! Their cocktails were on ‘two for one’ when we dined there (Saturday afternoon) but this offer is limited to certain times so check with the staff when you arrive.

happy hour at the bar

The restaurant Las Iguanas at Meadowhall is located inside The Oasis food hall area on the upper floor but it is one of the restaurants set back from the main food court seating so they have their own entrance and seats, unlike the main food court where you can buy your food from any retailer then sit anywhere. This makes it particularly nice when the shopping centre is busy as it was on the day we were there. You could escape the hustle and bustle of the shoppers and instead listen to some uplifting guitar tunes in the calm of Las Iguanas. We had an unhurried meal there and got chance to rest and recuperate before heading back out into the throng of Christmas shoppers!

Las Iguanas has restaurants all across the UK. To learn more visit their website.

Disclosure: We were provided with a family meal at Las Iguanas Meadowhall for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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Comments to Review: Las Iguanas

  • I’ve heard such bad reports about this place, maybe it’s just the local one but everyone I have spoke to says not to go there was it’s just dreadful! Your food looks great though and I’m going to brave it and try it one day now x

    Sonia @ This Mummy Loves 23rd October 2015 1:11 pm Reply
    • Oh that’s a shame Sonia! Our experience was really positive but I guess it depends on who works on the day to make the visit special.

      Nadine Hill 23rd October 2015 2:47 pm Reply
  • Sounds like a really nice place to have a good lunch. I love Latin food, but especially Churros and your photo made me hungry for some 😉 Great review.

    Orli 23rd October 2015 4:26 pm Reply
    • Mmmm churros!

      Nadine Hill 1st November 2015 8:49 pm Reply
  • Oh wow we have a shopping day planned in Meadowhall in the next few weeks getting the rest of the baby bits and having seen that food I am heading here it looks AMAZING!

    Jaime @ The Oliver's Madhouse 23rd October 2015 6:41 pm Reply
    • Ooh say “Hi” from me if you see Castro the waiter! He was so cheerful and helpful!

      Nadine Hill 1st November 2015 8:48 pm Reply
  • Your food looks amazing, what a delicious sounding place to dine. x

    Sarah Bailey 23rd October 2015 8:02 pm Reply
  • We’re off to Meadowhall next week so we’ll have to check this out. My daughter does love a burger!

    Ness @ JibberJabberUK 23rd October 2015 8:48 pm Reply
    • Hope you enjoy it!!

      Nadine Hill 1st November 2015 8:47 pm Reply
  • There isnt one of these anywhere near us. I do like the idea of tapas. We are an adventurous family when it comes to eating so this would be great to all share.

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 24th October 2015 12:45 am Reply
  • It looks like you had a great time, and the menu seems to offer good value. We haven’t been to a Las Iguanas but I think that my kids would like to try one.

    Mums do travel 24th October 2015 7:49 am Reply
  • It sounds like a great atmosphere and I do love the sound of the menu x x

    Cass@frugalfamily 24th October 2015 12:58 pm Reply
  • This place looks amazing, I really want to go there, shame it is such a long way from me. I’ll have to google and see if it is a chain with a branch closer. Mich x

    Michelle Twin Mum 24th October 2015 4:09 pm Reply
  • It looks amazing but I am a bit gutted there isn’t one near us :0(

    Kara 26th October 2015 8:17 am Reply
  • OOOH my what a fabulous place to eat in

    ninjacat 30th October 2015 10:43 am Reply
    • It was a great day out overall – such friendly staff.

      Nadine Hill 1st November 2015 8:43 pm Reply

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