Last Friday, Ed and I went along to Las Iguanas’ Bournemouth branch to have a date night and try out their new seasonal menu. I haven’t actually gone on a restaurant review visit with Ed for a long time as I took over my local blogging network the Bournemouth Bloggers this time last year and have mostly gone along as a group instead. It was nice to go and experience it together and we had a really nice evening.
Las Iguanas is a firm favourite with us already as the atmosphere, welcome and food is always brilliant. We arrived at 6.30pm to find the restaurant already fairly full with a vibrant atmosphere.
Taking our seats, we had a look through the menu and decided on what we wanted to eat. The menu is divided into dishes from different areas of South America including Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.
I decided to go for the tapas in place of a starter and main meal as they all looked so good. I was most looking forward to trying out the new Copacabana Chicken but rather disappointingly I was informed upon ordering that they didn’t have this available. I always think it’s best to mention anything unavailable upfront as I then felt a little rushed to change my order with the waitress waiting next to me.
I chose to have one of my plates alongside Ed’s starter so I wasn’t waiting around and we both really enjoyed the Mini Chorizo Dogs, which were super tasty but pretty difficult to eat. I would avoid them if you’re on a first date or work lunch!
After our plates were cleared, we had a chance to sip on our cocktails and have a catch up whilst waiting for our food. The music was perfect, loud enough to hear and enjoy but not so loud we couldn’t speak over it.
For my remaining tapas dishes I had the Halloumi Skewers, which were served with a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce, and the chicken tacos. The halloumi was incredible, nice and crisp on the outside and really moreish. The tacos were pretty messy to eat but tasted fantastic.
Ed had the Blazing Bird, which he said was really tender and moist but he was a little disappointed as it was incredibly mild. We weren’t sure if he was given the wrong sauce, or if it just wasn’t as hot as he was expecting but he still enjoyed the dish regardless.
We were pretty stuffed but managed to share a dessert between ourselves. The Brazilian Brigadeiro was another new addition to the menu and I will admit, reading it on the menu and seeing it as it was brought to the table I was a little perplexed but soon realised the attraction of this traditional Brazilian dish made with malted nuts, chocolate ganache and vanilla ice cream.
It was almost like a deconstructed cheesecake to taste and extremely rich in flavour. I don’t think I would have been able to finish it by myself. The different textures and flavours really work together to provide a chocolatey hit that perfectly rounded off the meal for us. I would definitely recommend!
We will be back at Las Iguanas soon and would recommend a visit if you haven’t tried it out yet. The Bournemouth branch is located on the ground floor of the Bh2 Leisure complex, next door to ASK Italian and opposite the gardens.
We were invited along to try out the menu at Las Iguanas and provided with complimentary food and drinks, however all words and images are my own.