So I have to confess I love Latin American food of all types, from the quick and easy street food through to the really exciting cooking coming out of many new places these days. For me Mexican food is all about having lots of fun while enjoying tasty food you can share with your friends and family. At Las Iguanas you can certainly do that – we visited the restaurant on a Wednesday night last week and the place was packed with people enjoying a margarita or two and having a feast!
The restaurant is a very slick chain but seems to have retained a degree of independence and fun that is often missing when they grow so big. Our server was super friendly and really helpful with recommendations of new dishes to try. The décor is quirky with some cool pictures and trinkets from across South America and regional specials on the menu.
The menu is also huge and what’s more they cater for all kinds of allergies and eating habits including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.
Las Iguanas is committed to serving freshest food, and the highest quality ingredients and try to be GM free – yay. They pride themselves on their native South American suppliers like their coffee supplier, Daterra (who are Rainforest Alliance certified), and cachaça partners, Magnifica, who grow our very own organic sugar cane – mixed only with local spring water during distillation.
So what about the food? Well we certainly enjoyed it! I started with a Brahma which is one of my favourite beers (resisted a margarita as it was a school day!). Sunday to Wednesday all classic cocktails are £3.90 and they have a fab starter deal where you can choose 3 for £14.40 or five for £24. We decided to share nachos of course, calamares and a duck taquito. All three were very good, I liked the nachos a lot and our lovely server brought us extra guacamole too. To be honest as a couple you could easily order this deal for lunch as we were quite full!
Sizzling fajitas were next on my menu and they were a sizzling skillet of food joy! The steak was very tasty and the dips good. I added refried beans to my order too so had lots to pack into the tortillas. My partner in crime ordered one of the new specials XimXim which is a peanut based curry with chicken and crayfish. He said it was very nice but could have done with a bit more spice for his taste! We were far too full for desserts I am afraid so cant comment on that but the table next to us had a plate of churros (donuts) with dipping sauces that looked very tempting.
I think it’s a great place to have a catch up with friends and very well priced, especially with all the fab midweek deals on drinks and food.
141-143 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JY
0131 226 2107