I’ve been trying to use the swarm app more to keep a record of where I’ve been, and as I clicked to check in to Las Iguanas Birmingham, it tells me I haven’t been there in five years. The last time was the send off for a friend moving to London, with one soon to follow. There’s no real reason why I haven’t been back since and once I walked in the door I remembered why we met there; it was a good place to meet with friends, there’s a buzzing atmosphere, deals on cocktails and even though the food is all Latin American themed, there’s usually enough variety that everyone can find something.
This time round I headed down with my friend Jo-ann to try Las Iguanas Birmingham’s new summer menu. We started the night with cocktails, Jo-ann’s was one I entirely forgot to write the name down of but she said it was good. Being that we were in a South American themed restaurant, I went for a classic Caipirinha, made with cachaça, lime and sugar. To be honest it wasn’t the best Caipirinha I’ve ever had, but it was fine enough.
We skipped starters and dove straight in to the mains. Jo-ann went for Camarao a la Criolla, a sort of prawn curry with tomatoes, garlic, paprika, coconut milk and lime. It was served with tortillas and a generous portion of spring onion & garlic rice. Jo said the curry was nice but hotter than she was expecting and I could see why as I tried a bit and it definitely had that slow burn.
I opted to try one of the new dishes, the honey-glazed halloumi, beetroot, artichoke, red onion and peppers Churrasco skewers. I enjoyed this dish; I thought the variety of vegetables was excellent and the halloumi had a nice meatiness to it. My only problem was that in some places the grilling was too char grilled, and I ended up cutting those bits off. The cassava fries that came with it were more like wedges which was a wise move because they were crunchy on the outside with a nice soft, sweet inner…if these could make their way onto my Sunday dinner in place of roast potatoes, I wouldn’t mind, not one bit.
For dessert I went for churros, which can be ordered in a three or six portion – to be honest I wanted four, so I went for the six and gave two to Jo, who had the mango sorbet. The churros are delivered in a paper bag, which is a nice nod to their street food, carnival style cuisine, along with two pots of chocolate ganache and dulce de leche for dipping.
We contemplated more drinks, but were full and sleepy by this point and decided to call it a night. Having not been to Las Iguanas Birmingham for quite some time I was pleasantly surprised by the menu, which includes options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free. There’s definitely a vibrant atmosphere and whilst the music was a little too loud for me, it definitely brought a sense of celebration and would be a good spot for a friend’s birthday soiree.
Disclosure: I was invited down by the PR team for a complimentary meal at Las Iguanas Birmingham. As ever the review remains my own thoughts and opinions. And no, I don’t check in anywhere silly like my home or the toilet, thanks.