I am delighted to be writing about another event I attended recently and am hoping to be writing many more of these in months to come! Is there anything more fun than getting to mingle with people who have the same passion as you whilst getting to eat, drink and go home with some fabulous content? I don’t think so! But anyway, Las Iguanas on Bristol Harbourside has recently had a refurbishment and this night was a launch of the new and improved interiors and menu!
Upon entering we were greeted by two ladies in glittery head dresses and bikinis who unfortunately left before I managed to get a picture. Props to them, it was bloody freezing! We then spoke to the lovely Olivia from Pam Lloyd who invited us to the event and were given a quick breakdown of the evenings offerings. She then introduced us to Katrina, the marketing lady at Las Iguanas who took us over to grab our first cocktails of the night (we chose Golden Passionfruit Martinis) and wait for the Caipirinha masterclass! Our cocktail tasted the perfect balance of fruity and sweet, I’m a sucker for anything Passionfruit.
We then got taught how to create the perfect Caipirinha featuring the third most consumed spirit in the world, Caçhaca. The Caipirinha only consists of this, lime, sugar and ice making it quite a strong drink with a mix of sweet and sour flavours. Getting the chance to make our own afterwards was a brilliant experience (although mine definitely didn’t taste as great as Jakes – perks of being a barman). I thought it was a really lovely addition to the evening and got us mingling with a few other people aswell as seeing how friendly and experienced the staff were!
With the smell of heavenly food filling the air, we headed on over to get seated and choose 2 courses each to indulge in. Jake and I have a system where if possible, we always share a starter and a dessert and have a main each so we both get a taste of all 3 courses and it doesn’t work out too expensive (although we did kindly get all the things consumed on this evening complimentary). The menu now displays different parts of South America where certain dishes and recipes come from too which I think is really interesting. It gives you a little bit of cultural background and more of a feel for the Las Iguanas vibe.
For starter we decided to have the “Pato Taquito” to share which is roast duck with caramelised onion in chargrilled tortillas and a pot of cranberry salsa. I’ve only recently started eating duck so I’m not that experienced in it but I must say it tasted absolutely gorgeous! The meat was super soft and the onion complimented it so well. It also had a slight kick to it which I wasn’t expecting but it really gave it that extra edge. Jake’s opinion was that the duck was perfectly cooked and he thought the cranberry salsa was a perfect substitute for the more traditional hoisin sauce.
I can’t be too adventurous with foods unfortunately because of my IBD, so I went for the classic old chicken fajitas from the Mexican section of the menu. Firstly, it was served adorably in stacked decorative wooden bowls. The bottom one containing the usual little pots of cheese, guacamole, tomato salsa, sour cream and jalapeños. The middle, warm tortillas and a big old hot plate of chicken, onions and peppers sat on top. The chicken and vegetables were seasoned really subtly to go with the mild vibe of the dish and I thoroughly enjoyed every bite! I was pretty devastated that I couldn’t finish the meal as it was so tasty but it was super filling and I wanted to leave some room for dessert.
Jake chose the “Gaucho Steak” from the Argentine Grill section which is a 10oz sirloin topped with a fresh herb chimichurri, roasted sweetcorn purée and chips. He asked for it rare and it in his opinion was cooked to perfection. It was the first rare steak he’s ever ordered where they haven’t served it overdone. The sweetcorn purée was really well seasoned with perfectly balancing flavours and a lovely creamy texture, it personally reminded me of a really thick and tasty vegetable curry. I personally hate sweetcorn but I could’ve stolen the entire pot of this off of Jake’s plate… The chips were also fabulous with a crispy outside and a super fluffy and light centre.
A breather and a raspberry cooler/beer or two later, we ordered the “Aztec Chocolate Fudge Brownie“. Jake wanted to go for the “Pina Colada Mess” but the one thing I’m sure about is that if I’m having a dessert, it’s got to have some sort of chocolate in it. We definitely made the right decision, it was gorgeously chocolatey with a sharp but warming taste of orange cutting through. Jake felt that the orange was slightly too poignant in the cake but on pairing it with the ice cream, it balanced out really nicely. We are not big sweet tooth people so it was a great size for us to share and have just enough to enjoy.
As we still had a bit of time left, Jake ordered a “Cuban Old Fashioned” cocktail which was served in a conical flask making it aesthetically awesome. This cocktail consisted of 7 year old rum, sugar, bitters and an applewood smoke. This really isn’t my sort of thing so I didn’t try it. Jake said he was expecting it to have a bit more of an alcoholic kick to it due to the rum being aged. He felt it had a sweet orange taste and therefore was quite a nice, warming drink. It was really enjoyable and he loved how it was served differently! A very pleasing drink.
A huge thank you to everyone at Las Iguanas for such a lovely night, also a special shout out to our waitress Leah who was a massive babe and Olivia at Pam Lloyd for the invitation. We had such a brilliant time at Las Iguanas and will be back asap for more fabulous food and a few too many cocktails!
Have you eaten anywhere with Latin inspirations?