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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.