Las Iguanas is the newest restaurant addition to the Lexicon Bracknell. After being invited to the opening night, I was excited to visit during the evening, but also to sample the new cocktail and food menu on offer.
A fluorescent pink neon sign shines bright above the entrance, with glass panelling and twinkly lights. Lime green chairs contrast with citrus orange planters filled with grasses, creating a vibrant but fun outdoor seating terrace. I was automatically drawn to the alfresco dining area and suddenly felt as though I was in a lively area of London.
Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by a small, intimate bar area with exposed lightbulbs. Chic wooden floors offset bright tiles, yellow panelling and dark shades of blue. High top chairs surround round tables, giving you the perfect viewing platform to see cocktails shaken and stirred in front of you.
Peek around the corner, and you enter Latin America. Corrugated iron walls and painted wooden crates surround the kitchen and dining area. The atmosphere is cosy, with plenty of tables to choose from and low lighting.
Cocktails galore! Happy hour every day of the week, with 2 for 1 drinks; this is almost too good to be true! The best bit? It’s not. The most epic selection of cocktails are on offer; whether you fancy something sweet and fruity, or bitter and sour, or maybe you want to go wild and order a pitcher or two – it’s all on the menu here. Cocktails are priced at £10.95 each, however, when you realise you are getting two for this cost it’s an absolute steal.
I chose the new Tutti Frutti, which is a sweet concoction of mango, passion fruit and lime. I felt as though I was eating a mixture of Starburst sweets and so when the bartender brought two of these over, I was very happy.
Watermelon Margaritas are a must for anyone looking for the fresh flavours of summer to tantalise the tequila-loving taste buds. A refreshing choice with a large piece of fruit attached to the glass, it’s the perfect palette cleanser after your meal.
A trip to Las Iguanas is not complete without sampling Caipirinhas with their very own Cachaça, Magnifica de Faria. Sugar canes are planted at Fazendra do Anil, harvested, juiced, distilled and bottled. Award-winning Cachaça is used to create a number of inspiring cocktails including vanilla, caramel, and toffee in the recipes.
It’s all about the nachos. Crisp corn tortillas are served with melted cheese, jalapeños, a roasted sweet tomato salsa, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo salsa. I always ask my server for a personal recommendation and on this occasion, she suggested adding chipotle chicken to the nachos. At first, I was reluctant, but my goodness it worked. In fact, it worked so well, I couldn’t now imagine eating nachos without chipotle chicken. It was so succulent and tender, and the smokiness of the chicken blended well with the flavour combinations of guacamole and salsa.
The second starter we opted for was pork anticuchos; two skewers of roast pork belly topped with a pineapple salsa and chicharrónes, served with a tangy tamarind glaze. These did not look like the most appetising item on the menu, and I was little disappointed in appearance, but they were delicious in taste.
The menu itself is so large, it’s overwhelming. In fact, the waitress came over on about 3 occasions and I still hadn’t chosen so I ended up panic ordering, which is a risky move but mine paid off. With the option to choose delicacies from Mexico, Brazil, Peru or Argentina, the selection is vast.
I was keen to try something new on the menu, so I went for a burrito bowl. Lined with salad leaves and garnished with sliced avocado, black beans were layered with spring onion rice, shredded beef braised in chipotle, grated cheese, and pico de gallo. On first glance, the salad and avocado looked appetising and this really complimented the tenderness of the beef and the juices from the beans. The burrito bowl is a gluten-free option too, so perfect for those of you with food intolerances.
Whether you choose the smoked chipotle pulled jackfruit, smoked chipotle chicken or shredded beef braised in chipotle, this burrito bowl is bursting with flavour.
Unfortunately, I was so full after my starter and main meal that I had no space left for dessert however; it’s all about the Mexican mess. Crushed meringue and mixed berries are served with whipped vanilla mascarpone cream, prickly pear puree and hibiscus flowers. The table next to us ordered, so I can guarantee that it looked stunning; in fact almost too good to eat. As it came so highly recommended, I have decided to return to Las Iguanas and order a platter of desserts. Watch this space for my update.
All in all, the new menu from Las Iguanas really does have something for everyone. Take your pick from tapas, bottomless brunch or a full 3 -course meal. Fully immerse yourself and enjoy the food of Latin America without having to travel overseas – and make sure you treat yourself to a classic Caipirinha.
If you have enjoyed my review of Las Iguanas and are looking for restaurants in the local area, then you may enjoy a visit to The Red Lion in Stoke Poges.
[AD – This meal was gifted]
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