Monday, August 31, 2015

DATE NIGHT | Las Iguanas, Gunwharf Quays

I went to Las Iguana for the first time a little while ago, and I was so impressed with the food (and drinks - who can resist 241 happy hour?), that I really wanted to go back. When I received an email saying I could claim a free main meal for my birthday, and with The Boy and I due to spend a week while he heads off on holiday, it seemed like the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with each other. Hey, it pays to sign up to newsletters!

We put on our glad rags and headed over to our local Las Igaunas in Gunwharf Quays. We were seated straight away at a quaint little table for two, and got straight to the menus.

Our waitress came over quickly to take our orders, and arrived back with our drinks in no time. When we realised that the syrup seemed to have gone in the lemonade - with a hefty amount of packing ahead of us, we went alcoholic free - they were only too happy to switch it and were full of apologies.

On my first trip, I absolutely loved the calamari they had on offer - so it was a no brainer for me to choose the cayenne and cassava crumb Calamares for my starter (£5.70). As it was my boyfriend's first time, he needed a little time to deliberate but eventually settled on the Pato Taquito (£5.70), which comprised of little tortillas filled with roasted duck and caramelised onions.

We both loved our starters and definitely thought they were the best part of the meal. My boyfriend has a bit of an aversion to fish, but I was raving about the calamari so much that even he gave some a try. And he was pleasantly surprised!

As we were dining on National Burger Day, it seemed like that was the obvious choice for our mains.

I went for the Classic (£10.90); chargrilled chicken breast with cararmelised onion in what appeared to be a brioche bun - and I added some emmental cheese for good measure. I chose to have it with fries, and as there was a wide selection of dips to choose from, I ordered some garlic chipotle sauce to go with it.
My burger was really delicious, and the addition of the caramelised onions really gave it a sweet little kick and I really liked their slightly rustic french fries. Our waitress said she'd had the chicken burger that day too - so it's obviously a popular choice!

The Boy was a little more adventurous with his main, selecting The South American Dream (£10.90). His exotically named burger was made up of a beef patty which had been lightly spiced, as well as coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, a touch of gherkin sauce and some chimicurri - a herby Argentinian sauce. It was slightly different to what he would normally go for when we are eating out, but I think the risk paid off as he demolished the whole thing. The Boy can be very specific about his coleslaw, but even he was full of praise for Las Iguana's version.

(Excuse the salt overload in the picture below - it came out a little fast, and I hadn't managed to snap away beforehand!)

We skipped dessert as we had lots to do back at home, but having eyed up the menu I will definitely be sampling the sweet treats when I pop in next. I have already tempted a couple friends with tails of the fantastic calamari and the fact they also have churros on offer - so I doubt I'll have too long to wait before returning.

All in all, we really rated Las Iguanas, While we loved the food, the service was impeccable too - and that just makes the evening twice as good. When we asked for the bill, the waitress came over apologising that our meal seemed to have completely disappeared from their system! She checked through everything that we had, even adding it all up in front of us and offering us to keep the list for our own reference. We are pretty trusting, but thought it was sweet nonetheless.

So, if you're looking for somewhere to dine this bank holiday which boasts top food and enthusiastic and super helpful staff (even when the restaurant is mega busy!), I'd definitely give this place a try. 

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