Last Tuesday evening myself and Nicola had a night at the SSE Hydro, Scotland's newest entertainment venue, to see Ant & Dec's Takeaway on Tour. Before we made our way to the show, we met in the city centre for a bite to eat. We had originally planned on going to All Bar One for their great value Tapas Tuesday offer but Nicola had received a birthday email from Las Iguanas offering her a main course of her choice if we had dinner there instead. We both love the menu at Las Iguanas, and as we were on the countdown to Nicola's birthday then it seemed only fair that she should decide on our dinner destination.
Never one to turn down a free meal, we were soon walking though the doors of the Glasgow branch of Las Iguanas. The restaurant was fairly busy for a Tuesday evening, this could have been as a result those lovable boys from Newcastle, or it could be down to that fact that Las Iguanas have some very enticing food offers on their extended lunch menu that runs daily until 6:30pm.
From the moment that Nicola decided that we were going to be having dinner at Las Iguanas, I knew that I would be ordering the burger off of the lunch menu. I've had the burger before and loved it so it was a fairly easy decision to have the burger again. The Classic Burger is a lightly spiced and seasoned patty served in a toasted bun with little gem lettuce, tomato, fried onion and a zingy gherkin mayo, all served with a choice of fries, curly fries or sweet potato fries and a pile of jalapeño slaw. I always get the sweet potato fries which are amazing and a perfect match to the smoky chargrilled burger. For just £7.20, I'm not sure there's a better value burger in town.
The birthday offer allowed Nicola to order any main course from the a la carte menu and after much deliberation she opted for the Camarão a la Criolla, one of the recent additions on the Las Iguanas menu. Plenty of plump prawns were encased within a rich sauce of peppers, tomatoes, parsley, coriander, cumin, garlic, paprika, lime and coconut milk, served on fluffy spring onion & garlic rice and soft chilli & garlic corn tortillas. I immediately had 'food envy' as the aroma of Nicola's dinner hit my nostrils but I did manage to grab a sneaky forkful or two and it's a safe bet to assume that the next time we return to Las Iguanas that I'll be ordering the Camarão a la Criolla for myself.
As we were finishing off our meal, Nicola was received another present from Las Iguanas as she was presented with a cheeky wee caiperinha topped off with a birthday candle stuck into one of the lime segments. Not a bad way to end the first of Nicola's birthday meals!
Lots of restaurants encourage you to sign up to their email list and then do very little with the valuable information that they have captured. However, Las Iguanas make sure that if they have any offers running (locally or nationally) that they keep you up to date, of course being given a free birthday meal with a caiperinha to wash it down, is reason enough to sign up to the Las Iguanas newsletter.
Written by Gerry Haughian