If you're a fan of Mexican, Brazilian and Spanish influenced cuisine then you won't be disappointed with the food on offer at Las Iguanas.
Situated in the heart of the city, nestled between some of Deansgate's most popular eateries and watering holes, the restaurant comprises ample seating and a bar area for those who'd prefer to down a few tequilas before getting sat down for some spicy scran.
I went there with a friend during the day and found their lunch menu well priced (you can get a glass of Chardonnay or Merlot for just £2 with a main from it - woo hoo!).
I opted for a spicy chicken Full Enchilada (titanic tortilla on a bed of spring onion, garlic and coriander rice, sunk in refried beans, drowned in a smoky chilli and tomato sauce and sprinkled with crumbled white cheese) which was delicious. In fact, my stomach is growling now, just thinking about it. Mmmmm....
The difficult part of my Las Iguanas experience was knowing where to stop with the wine. I could have sat there all day, gazing at the colourful, Latin-inspired decor, listening to the sexy salsa beats and people-watching as office workers trickled in for group lunches, but unfortunately, I had things to attend to that afternoon *sob*.
They offer a happy hour on cocktails from 12pm - 7:30pm and all day Sunday - Wednesday, when you can enjoy signature cocktails and coolers, Mexican-stylee. I intend to take full advantage of this at some point in the near future.
The service was excellent, with food and drinks arriving quickly and friendly, helpful staff (something I'm not used to these days, having lived in Spain for the last few years, where you're lucky to get eye contact with the person serving you). So all in all, I would give Las Iguanas a big thumbs up.
That's a wrap!
(Sorry, couldn't help myself).
Who doesn't like a restaurant where the first thing they say to you when you arrive is "Two for one Happy Hour on cocktails!"
After being seated I ordered my 'mocktails' (I don't drink but my buddy took full advantage of this crazy offer) and opened up this glorious looking menu, rammed with a selection of Brazilian, Spanish and Mexican style food. Latin America in one place.
I ordered the Epic Enchilada. It certainly lived up to its name. Must have been at least a foot long (seriously) and nachos with smokey spicy chicken to start. The portion sizes are great, and the BEST surprise was the chicken in my enchilada was off the bone chicken- a nice touch, and absolutely delicious.
I wouldn't necessarily book a meal there let's say, for a date (food's too messy..) it's not that kinda atmosphere. But for post shopping expo, or if you're passing by and hungry I can only say DO IT.
You get what you pay for for I reckon.
Can't grumble at that.
First off my review is purely based on the drinking side of Las Iguanas, didn't go for the foodage.
Friday night we mooched over here as a couple of the group head here quite regularly as they enjoy the cocktails at happy hour.
It's 241, not anything stupendess about this, alot of places offer you 241 infact its the standard deal at the slug chain during all of its opening hours not just a happy hour.
I wasn't over joyed by the cocktails, for the most part they were overly sweet and left quite a dryness to your mouth afterwards, the flavours that I could make out behind the dollop of sugar seemed ok they were just overpowered by the sweetness.
Prices would have put me right off if it hadn't been the 241, £7 for a Dark n Stormy so it worked out at £3.50 because of getting 241.
There are two pitchers on the 241 so £16.90 for a pair, if you're not too fussed about what cocktails you're drinking probably a good way to keep costage down as that works out at about £2.10 a drink by my very rough calculations,
a little annoyingly you can't mix n match your 241's what you order has to be two of the same cocktail, not entirely understanding the logic behind this decision but it is, what it is, and this goes for the pitchers I mentioned as well.
The Staff could have been having a bad night but I nearly walked out it was taking so long to get served, and not because the bar was busy, the two bar staff were preparing drinks orders for the tables in the food area and I was the only person waiting at the bar, I waited patiently... for about 5 minutes (again rough guess I listened to about 1 and a half songs that were playing) another bar member came behind the bar, brilliant... and then stood at the back of the bar chatting to the other staff, I assume they that they assumed I was already being served, but common sense should surely mean you check, anyways one of the other staff gave them a nudge in the end. This happened a couple more times throughout the night with staff just seemingly in no rush to serve, the bar was never busy.
Dissapointing night, though not entirely put off, my reasons for not being happy in my opinion mean I'd give it another go incase I just went on a bit of a crappy night.
Margaritas and spicy food, two of my biggest loves. Which goes a long way toward explaining why I love Las Iguanas. Not as a going-out-to-dinner destination, no no. Las Iguanas is my perfect post-shop drop-in, for a quick marg and a few tapas bar snacks to share. I often think that tha boyf only agrees to come shopping because he knows he'll get a caiprinha at the end of it all, and a few crunchy battered prawns.
The atmosphere in Las Iguanas Deansgate is great. The bar area is always pretty lively, with a few smaller tables and some taller, longer tables, which you usually end up sharing with other customers. The back section is the restaurant, which I'm going to admit right off, I have never used, as we've never actually gone for a meal here. However, I can speak for the friendliness of the staff, the speed of the food service to the bar area, and the deliciousness of the drinks and the tapas dishes.
Las Iguanas is truly one of my favourite places to chill out with a marg and contemplate on a day of purchases well-made. It's placed very conveniently near Kendals, for when you need a sit down and a stiff drink after spending your month's wages on makeup...
I was pleasantly surpised dining here today for lunch. The waitstaff was very attentive and the food was very tasty and fresh.
My friend and I ordered from the prefix lunch menu which I thought was reasonably priced. My friend's chicken burrito was nice and her mushroom soup like dish was excellent. I ate the chicken quesedilla which was ok with the grilled aspargus salad which was excellent. Probably the freshest salad I've had here in England so far.
Being an American, I liked the fact that they gave us ice with our soft drinks!
If ever in Liverpool again, I would definitely visit this place. The menu selection is creative and would like to try their tapas selection along with one of their signature drinks.
I give A++ to their level or service and general responsiveness to our table. Coupled in with a clean restaurant and nice ambience, I give this place an enthusastic thumbs up!
Hailing all the way from latin America is las iguanas a fairly new (November 08) restaurant on deansgate. In English las iguanas just means Iguanas, why you would want to name your restaurant after multiples of this scaley being is beyond me. The fajitas are somin special though that have to be tasted to be believed, mix this up with a few tapas dishes to accompany and it's for winners.
Big bar and still a fairly quiet restaurant las iguanas seems to need to get into the full swing of tings. I'd say order what you know to be on the safe side and try the passion fruit cooler (convicted addict). Avoid making references to drug cartels, border control and deforestation of the Amazon, mind you the music is so jolly that these thoughts will barely pass your mind.
Las Iguanas is fairly new to Deansgate (having opened late November '08) but is quickly turning into a regular place for me to dine out in the evening. A central location in Manchester was long overdue for those of us not content traveling to the Trafford Centre to get our fix of yummy Latin American cuisine.
Currently it's pretty quiet most days and as such you usually get pretty good service, but the main reason I go is the fab fajitas they do! They come out sizzling, and although I've only tried the mushroom and the chicken variety (they also do duck/steak!) I always leave satisfied, not to mention rather full. The tapas are also pretty good, and they do a lunch time offer which is okay but there's nothing really special there.
If you just want to drink there is a huge bar with adequate seating towards the front of the restaurant (which always seems pretty relaxed). Currently their happy hour runs from midday 'til nine; more than enough time to get your hands on one (make that two) of their buy one get one free Cachaça cocktails.
I and my family had dinner last night at Las Ignanas. We all enjoyed the dinner and were surprised when the bill arrived. For six of us the total cost was only £65.00. It was during happy hour so the drinks were two for one.
Being a Friday night it was croweded. This made the place very noisy and it was difficult to communicte. Other than that I can recommed that you try it.
When I was going to Las Iguanas for a very important, long awaited dinner, I was pretty much taken for a ride by an ignorant cabbie and pretty much was lost. Hence when I finally found the place, all the excitement had reached its low levels; But entering the place made it all disappear and it felt like the place to be! The place was perfect for my taste, dimlit, mexican music, spacious and yes, pretty! The bar area is great with a couple of high tables to enjoy some drinks coupled with tapas (think prawns, think yum!). The restaurant then continues inside and the as you do advance the walls astonish you...they're done up with little shelves and decorated thereafter. There's a set menu which is great to order or you can go a la carte. I would suggest the fajitas are delicious and finish it with a mango and passionfruit cheesecake! My tastebuds more than enjoyed these dishes and kept me wanting even more!
The staff is helpful and the ambience can put any conversation into a melody! It's perfect for a date and share over the very flemingo music and delicious food and drinks!
You can't help but feel a little bit more cheerful than you did before at Las Iguanas. The atmosphere in here is contagious. Great music, slick decor, friendly faces, and a South American carnival vibe warms up even the coldest of cockles. I haven't dined in here unfortunately, but I have taken advantage of their 2-4-1 cocktail offer (which if I remember rightly runs until 9pm) where Caipirinhas were the drink of the evening. Expertly stirred by a very attractive Latin mixologist, they went down like bubblegum medicine.
Despite being a chain restaurant, Mexican Las Iguanas has all the charm of a one off - made even better with the opportunity to print vouchers off for cheaper deals. Located on Deansgate, it's a brilliant after-work spot or great for catching up with friends during the happy hour (12 - 7.30pm).
The Long Island iced tea (£5.60) has the best hit of alcohol whilst still tasting a bit like a coke float and their classic Margarita (£5.20) is sharp but highly drinkable. They also have quite a good selection of bottled beers.
Walking in, you do seem to step into an exotic oasis - Mexican music and the dark lighting really set the tone for a fun evening or lunch. I was there for an evening catch up with some friends who are now in the working world so it was cocktails all round and plenty of lush food. The Gambas (£5.40) to start are covered in garlic, lemon and chilli, the extra of which can be mopped up with the chunky bread on the side. So utterly edible you'll want another plateful. There is also a Tapas deal from 7.30 everyday where you can choose three dishes for £12 or five for £21 - ideal for sharing.
By the way of mains, I would suggest the Chicken Fajitas (£12.90) which arrive at your table sizzling. Served with guacamole, salsa and soured cream they're fun to make and taste spicy but slightly fruity. The Pollo Caesar salad (£9.50) is also a winner - can't beat a classic really but here it comes with sweet chillis which do give a different edge and balance out the dressing quite well.
Excellent food, good service and a great atmosphere.
Las Iguanas is a fine, fine establishment. It ticks a lot of my boxes. It serves a variety of South American food and cocktails and is laid back enough to stroll in whenever you like, and not bear down on your with a sense of self-importance like many restaurants are keen to do. So yeah, the food is great and the portions are huge. Better still, is that unlike a lot of South American restaurants, the music is very good indeed. And, better than that, is how Las Iguanas is decked out in Latin/Catholic tat. This may sound sneery, but it sincerely is one of my favourite elements to the place. It's part tiki bar, part Catholic thrift shop, part restaurant. What more do you want? And, after a number of visits, I have to say that the staff are quite possibly the best service staff anywhere in Manchester. They're friendly, clued up, impossibly good-looking and are more than willing to get you drunk on tequila if you're in the mood. Did I mention that it was pretty cheap too? Seriously. Sort your life out and go pay Las Iguanas a visit. Get a booth and take your betrothed/date or book a table for ten. They don't care. They just want to see you walk out the door full of good food and potent cocktails. Splendid.
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