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Friday, 11 April 2014

Review - Las Iguanas, West Nile St, Glasgow

A few weeks ago, myself and Nicola were fortunate to have been invited along to a cocktail making masterclass at one of Glasgow's most recently opened restaurants, Las Iguanas. Since then, Nicola has been back and enjoyed an afternoon out with the girls, whilst I have previously popped in for a cheeky afternoon caipirinha after work.
Last Friday night we had tickets to see comedien Sarah Millican and needed to grab a quick bite to eat so decided that Las Iguanas would be a good option to start our night.
As I was driving i limited myself to just one beer. There is a good selection of imported bottled including Brahma, Quilmes, plus one of my favourites, Cusqueña. They also stock the gluten free Estrella Damm Daura which fits in well with a large portion of the food menu which can be also be prepared gluten free for celiac diners. Nicola didn't need to look at the drinks menu because she had already sampled the delights of the Strawberry & Vanilla Caipirinha on her last visit and had been thinking about her next once from the minute we walked through the door.
Brie & Mango Empanadas
 
The menu at Las Iguanas is very varied offering a choice of both tapas dishes or plated meals from Mexico, Brazil and beyond. As we were eating before 7pm on Friday evening, we decided to take Las Iguanas up on their five tapas for £24. (This offer is also available all day Sunday & Monday)
 
Our first dish was Nicola's choice. The Brie & Mango Empanadas served with a sweet chilli salsa were delicious. This would not have been one of my first choices as I can take or leave Brie but the crispy, fluffy deep fried pillows stuffed with creamy melted Brie and Mango were fantastic. The accompanying chilli salsa worked well to balance the flavour of the hot empanadas filling.
 
Honey Peri-Peri Chicken Wings
 
Next up was the Honey Peri-Peri chicken wings. Nicola is too ladylike to pick up chicken wings but that wasn't a problem as with a little assistance from knife and fork, the meat fell easily from the four big wings that were covered in an wonderful aromatic, sticky sauce. Myself, on the other hand was more than happy to get my fingers dirty and repeatedly dipped my wings into the peri-peri sauce.
 
Garlicky Mushroom & Chilli Quesadilla
 
Next up was the Garlicky Mushroom Quesadillas. These chargrilled flour tortilla were stuffed with a mix of mushroom, chill, cheese and thyme, and served with a home-made tomato salsa. I loved the quesadilla, especially the huge garlic and chilli kick, and whilst the salsa was full of flavour, I would have preferred an alioli instead of the tomato salsa - but that's just down to my personal taste. I'm sure if I had asked, there would have been no problem in having that changed.
 
Calamares
 
We both love calamari so it made sense that this would be one of our five tapas dishes. The Las Iguanas Calamares are definitely some of the best that we've had. Sliced baby squid, deep fried in a light cassava crumb, and served with a creamy, spicy alioli. Despite being deep fried, the cassava crumb is an interesting twist , helping to keep the calamari wonderfully light.
 
Pato Taquito
 
The last of our five tapas dishes was the interestingly named Pato Taquito. This was probably my favourite dish on the night, chargrilled flour tortillas stuffed with shredded roast duck and caramelised onions in an aromatic sauce that had a hidden heat. The rich flavour from the duck was balanced by the sweetness of the onions, and although served with a spicy cranberry salsa, the salsa didn't stand up to the sneaky heat within the smoky sauce in the tortilla filling.
 
As we were in a rush to get to the gig, we asked for the bill and got ready to head out into the night. Instead of the bill arriving, the restaurant manager Kyle Steel came to say hello and inform us that the meal was on the house! (Of all the nights not to be drinking!)
 
The fact that our meal was free on the evening was a bonus and a gesture that is greatly appreciated. We both enjoyed our meal and the review is an honest opinion on the food, drink and service that we received on the night.
 
With a tagline of 'Eat Latin, Drink Latin', the food and drink menus are both great examples of the Central & South America flavours that Las Iguanas are bringing to Glasgow. So whether you are looking for a quick snak at the bar, enjoying a family meal or planning on heading out in a group - If you like big flavours and a cheeky cocktail or two, then you'll be right at home at Las Iguanas.
 
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