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Daisy reviews Las Iguanas, Newcastle

What’s better then a lovely evening with friends? A lovely evening with friends AND delicious food, good wine and fantastic customer service, that’s what!

And that’s exactly what Nicola and Suzanne and their respective partners received at Las Iguanas Newcastle Upon Tyne. This restaurant is situated on the ever popular Grey Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne and is light and airy.

Great for people watching and whiling away an hour or more…

The ethos of Las Iguanas refreshingly simple.  They want to bring authentic South America to every table, every day – in a place that lives and breathes Latin. They only use the freshest food, and the highest quality ingredients. They source from the best possible places – and try to be GM free.

They’ve been with some of their suppliers for many years, and proudly support native South American businesses, like their coffee supplier, Daterra (who are Rainforest Alliance certified), and their cachaça partners, Magnifica, who grow Las Iguanas very own organic sugar cane – mixed only with local spring water during distillation.

What we ate…

Bread & Olives £3.90 – Fight over a board of wholemeal & ciabatta breads, dunking olive oil & balsamic. Comes with plump Peruvian olives in oil. What a lovely way to start the meal.

Nachos £6.00 – Home-cooked corn tortilla chips, with melted cheese, topped with aji, jalapeños, salsa, sour cream & guacamole. Plunge & crunch. Everyone was  guilty of dipping into Nicola’s nachos, it’s good to share right?!.

Patotaquito £5.60 – Rich shreds of roast duck & caramelised onion rolled in a flour tortilla & char-grilled, with a spicy cranberry salsa. Get quacking. Suzanne’s choice, a bit spicy for her pallet but fresh and tangy nonetheless. (She did a tactical swap for the calamares.) 

Calamares £5.40 – Squids in. Whole baby calamari, sliced & coated in crisp crumb cassava served with creamy aioli. Lovely, fresh and well cooked.

Our starters went down a right treat (as we say in Newcastle). On to the mains…

Main course

The extraordinary Xinxim £11.90 – Exotic, creamy, satisfying. Lime chicken in a crayfish & peanut sauce with spring onion, garlic & coriander rice & fine green beans. Toasted coconut farofa to sprinkle, sweet plantains for fun. Pele loves it. Hmmmmmm really tasty, the flavours worked well together.

Bahia Moqueca £12.50 – Gorge on a silky, mild creamy coconut curry with peppers, garlic & fresh tomatoes. Chunky sweet plantain piled on spring onion, garlic & coriander rice, with spicy aji & toasted coconut farofa to sprinkle. Peeled prawns & sustainable white fish.

Absolutely delicious is an understatement and we were extremely happy that the fish comes from a sustainable source.

The Epic Enchilada  £10.90 – Titanic tortilla on a bed of spring onion, garlic & coriander rice & sprinkled with crumbled white cheese. Sunk in your choice of our own tangy tomatillo or smoky chilli & tomato sauce. Spicy chicken, peppers, onion & cheese.

Now this one definitely tasted better than it looked!! Nicola thought it was really tasty but there was so much of it (not a bad thing). Luckily we helped her with her nachos.

Vatapa Gambas £12.90 – Typically Bahian, reinvented by the Iguanas team in Cardiff Mill Lane. Prawns in a thick sauce of dried shrimp, ground peanuts, tomato & coconut milk. With crispy black bean fritters, spring onion, garlic & coriander rice & coconut farofa to sprinkle. Lovely but could have been a wee bit more spicy.


Aztec Chocolate Fudge cake £5.00 - Warm spiced chocolate orange sponge cake. With vanilla ice cream. Decadent and delicious.

Affogato Cubano £3.00 – A scoop of dulce de leche ice cream drowned in spiced rum espresso. Dunk your heart out with a cinnamon sugar dusted churro. Churro aka a doughnut! LUSH! Heady and a lovely end to a really fab meal.

Rioja Tinto. Faustino VII. Spain  Bottle £18.90 Velvety ripe cherries. Really palatable and a perfect compliment to our meal (so much so, we all hunted out a bottle at the supermarket later).

Las Iguanas was indeed an adventure for the pallet. All four of us felt that the service was fantastic, there was a good attention to detail and the waiting staff were knowledgeable and helpful too.

Would we go back again?

A unanimous YES.

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