Las Iguanas Brings A Taste Of Latin America To Manchester

Abi White | 22nd April 2017

Bringing a taste of South American food and drink alongside Brazilian and Mexican cuisine, VIVA Magazines were invited into the Latin American bar and restaurant, La Iguanas, to sample the menu.


Pato Taquito

The quirky décor is instantly noticable. Although the branch is located on Manchester’s bustling Deansgate, we became instantly transported to Latin America, quickly forgetting the northern rain we had left behind outside.


After being taken to our table, we were faced with a slightly overwhelming array of food and drink to choose from. Cocktails are always on 2 for 1 and the restaurant have a book-full of all imaginable concoctions to choose from, not forgetting non- alcoholic ‘mocktails’. The non-alcoholic spiced ginger punch was a favourite off the drinks menu.


The menu serves something for everyone, with tapas and a choice of Brazillian, Mexican or South American cuisine. Recently introducing their newest menu, there’s a host of new additions to ensure the summer months are a true Latin American Fiesta.


Starting off the evening, we opted to share a tapas starter to save enough room to sample a main and a desert. We had the Pato Taquito, which consisted of two char-grilled flour tortilla wraps filled with roast duck and caramelised onion- served with cranberry salsa, which brilliantly complemented the taste of the roast duck.


The service was fantastic- our waitress was extremely helpful when explaining the menu and made excellent suggestions.


For the main, we opted to try the new Cuban sandwich, and also sampled one of the restaurants classics, chicken fajitas. The Cuban sandwich was bursting with flavour, with roasted pork belly, pulled pork, Emmental cheese & ham with sweet mustard & green pickle relish layered in a buttery toasted bun; served with slaw and a choice of fries or salad.

Cuban Sandwich

The chicken fajitas are cooked with a special tasty mix of spices with peppers and onions and dished up sizzling, with a generous portion of four tortillas and sides of guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos, cheese and salsa.


After our mains, we were happily filled- not sure if we could fit in a desert. However, the churros were too irresistible, and we found ourselves ordering a plate to share. Dusted in cinnamon sugar, the churros were served alongside a caramel sauce, also known as dulce de leche, tantalising the taste buds.


All together, the décor, presentation and taste of the food and drinks and commendable service from staff made for an enjoyable evening.