Review: Dining out at Las Iguanas, Lakeside
PUBLISHED: 13:05 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:05 17 October 2016
Stephanie Mackentyre pays a visit to Las Iguanas, Lakeside to taste the Latin American cuisine
With our fantastic Team GB enjoying all things Brazilian this summer, I was tempted to venture to a restaurant offering a taste of South American food. Las Iguanas at Lakeside certainly reflects the carnival atmosphere, both with its brightly-coloured décor and a menu which offers plenty of choice, including a set Brazilian Carioca menu with two courses for £17 and three for £20 which includes a drink.
This native Latin American-style restaurant has Indian, Spanish, Portuguese and even African influences weaved throughout its menu. Las Iguanas is situated within the Boardwalk part of the Lakeside shopping centre and overlooks the lake. My guest and I popped in for lunch on a beautifully sunny day, so were able to dine literally on the boardwalk under their large, black parasols. On this occasion we decided to try the Tapas menu – three dishes for £14.95 or five for £24.95. Assuming they wouldn’t be that filling we chose five dishes, but could easily have been satisfied, it turned out, with three.
We picked: Dadinhos (crispy cheesy cubes with a sticky chilli jam), nachos with melted cheese, pico de gallo salsa, jalapenos, tomato salsa, soured cream and guacamole; a dish of lamb empanadas (lightly fried, crispy filled pasties), plus tato taquito (roast duck and caramelised onions rolled in a chargrilled flour tortilla and served with a spicy cranberry salsa) and finally quesadilla filled with spicy chicken, peppers, onion and melted cheese.
All were served on vibrant side dishes with mini china pots of salsa on the side. It was pleasing to note a variety of vegetarian options across the menu too. They were also offering two for one drinks all day, however, with an afternoon of shopping to pack in we chose non-alcoholic, but delicious fruit coolers.
We completed our meal with a mojito jelly in a cocktail glass with lemon and lime sorbet for my dining partner and tembleque for me – a creamy coconut pudding served with mixed berries and a mango puree.
Useful to know
The total bill came to £46.75 for five dishes of tapas with four fruit coolers. This is an independent review, featuring a restaurant selected and experienced by our food and wine editor. The restaurant was not told it was being reviewed.
Table Talk with diner Judith Dudley.
Where do you live and what do you do? I live in Suffolk and I’m a part-time nurse.
What did you choose from the menu? I chose tapas dishes to share.
Why were you at Las Iguanas? I’m here for a day to do some shopping and thought I’d stop here for some lunch.
Describe your dining experience in a phrase: Very good, lovely food and service in nice surroundings.
How would you rate the value for money? I think it was good value.
Worth visiting again? Yes, I’m already planning my return visit.
What was the best part of your visit? My mojito jelly dessert and being able to try so many different dishes all in the one sitting.
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Unit 8a The Boardwalk
Lakeside Shopping Centre
01708 680 466
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