Las Iguanas is celebrating ten years in Liverpool with a sparkling new look and menu this October. Guests will find new splashes of vibrant sunshine colour, improved bar areas for enjoying those famous Happy Hour cocktails, and a revamped piazza; the perfect spot to take a break from Christmas shopping at Liverpool ONE and watch the world go by overlooking Chavasse Park!
Upon entrance to the restaurant, Holly and I were greeted by the friendly front of house staff, who firstly directed us to meet the mixologist that was running a cocktail masterclass. We made the new ‘Guava Caipirinha’ (£8.95) drink that has been added to the menu, containing Magnifica cachaça, guava, chartreuse and lime. This is exclusive to the Autumn/Winter menu. Although there was no mixer, the lime and sugar flavours beautifully complimented the spirit with its well balanced sweet-sharp ratio. Once the ice started to melt, it created a nice, easy cocktail to drink.
Once we finished making cocktails, we were taken to our table and glanced at the menu whilst taking in everything the restaurant had to offer. There were Latin dancers strolling around (@eventdancersuk – Instagram), Latino music whilst vibrant neon and soft lighting enlightened the restaurant space. The tables also weren’t too close, so you could easily have a private conversation without touching shoulders with others, but also close enough that the room didn’t feel awkwardly empty. The staff were friendly and attentive; there were many of them working- you never had to wait around to be served, and they were all very polite and willing to sort things, take orders or have general conversations.
To start, Holly ordered the vegan nachos: “The vegan nachos were the perfect way to delve into the latin cuisine and really taste all the Mexican flavours. Warm nachos smothered in melted vegan cheese, topped with pico de gallo salsa, roasted tomato salsa, jalapeño, sour cream and gaucomole made for the perfect starter. Not only were Las Iguanas accommodating to my dietary needs, but their veggie and vegan food was also creative and tasty, avoiding the boring and repetitive foods a lot of people like me come to find when eating out.”
We both experimented with the new cocktail range and soon discovered our new favourite, the Berry Collins (£9.95). A mixture of Absolut berry acai vodka, funkin strawberry, hibiscus, sherbet and soda. The sweet taste of strawberry fought against the sharpness of the sherbet, which combined to make the most amazing fruity cocktail that went down a treat! A top tip to remember is that it is always Happy Days at Las Iguanas Liverpool – the perfect place to enjoy a post-shopping drink and cocktails are available 2 for 1 all day, every day – making every day a celebration! Buy one glass or pitcher, and get the same one for free!
For my main meal, I ordered the ‘Gaucho Steak’, a 10oz sirloin steak sprinkled with ancho chilli salt, served with fresh herb chimichurri, Argentine-style roasted sweetcorn puree and fries. It was the best steak I have ever eaten at a restaurant. The meat was succulent, cooked to perfection and wasn’t overly spicy so complimented the sides well. Despite the meal being a little expensive (£18.95), it is around about the same price to get a steak anywhere, and for the quality of the meat and how nice the other elements were, I would most definitely have it again – I couldn’t recommend it more!
“I ordered the ‘Pulled Jackfruit Burrito’, it was both colourful and full of flavour. A bright purple beetroot wheat tortilla filled with smoked chipotle pulled jackfruit, rice, refried beans, crunchy slaw and cheese with a side salad, sour cream, guacamole and roasted tomato salsa, made for the perfect burrito experience. And yes, you do get all this deliciousness for only £10.95.” – Holly Benning.
For pudding, I ordered the Churros (£4.95 for 3), cinnamon-sugar dusted fried dough pastry with chocolate ganache for dipping. By this point, I was very full, but couldn’t resist from trying them! The churros and the ganache were nice and warm, so made the perfect dipping dessert. The cinnamon was sweet but not too overpowering. But what can you expect from a pudding that is covered in sugar? It is by far my go-to when I am eating out, so I loved having this to perfectly round off my dining experience at Las Iguanas.
Looking ahead to Christmas, there is something for everyone, including plenty of veggie and vegan options, and a taste bud tingling three course meal will transport diners to exotic lands. Las Iguanas’ Carnival Christmas menu will serve festive celebrations large and small from 30th November, throughout December and January for late Christmas parties. Also, for the second year running, Las Iguanas Liverpool will also be open for lunch on Christmas Day. The menu includes an option for kids (under 12) making Las Iguanas the ideal choice for a family affair. What’s more, adult guests will receive a complimentary glass of Cava or Brazilian Brahma beer upon arrival to start your Latin Christmas as you mean to go on. Reserving your table for Christmas is simple, just book online or call the restaurant and the team will accommodate every need.
14 Paradise Street
0151 709 4030