So, I’m back from Uni for Easter, all set to relax, revise, and release another addition to my Foodie Finds series, in which I review some cool restaurants I go to, from the perspective of your average, food loving girl. In these, I break down my experience of the restaurant, and note:
- The restaurant’s story
- What I ate
- Stand out features (If any)
- Likelihood of me returning
Rating each of these (minus the story) out of 5.
This post is also quite an exciting one, as I got invited to the relaunch of Las Iguanas Bristol Harbourside!*
Las Iguanas is a Latin American restaurant, serving Tapas, a bunch of main meals and a plethora of cocktails (and soft drinks, obviously).
The reason this particular branch (Bristol Harbourside) were having an event is because they just had a massive redesign! They even sent members of their team all the way over to Rio to gather some inspiration. I was able to enjoy 2 courses, 4 cocktails and even learn to make one of their cocktails on the night, and so I thought I’d share my experience with you…
What I ate…
We started the night with 2 starters. The first of which was the Beef Taco Plank (£7.95)… which was possibly my favourite thing I had that night! The presentation was beautiful, and made it incredibly easy to scoop up the taco filling and help yourself, and they made for a great sharer. They were rich, full of flavour, and everything I could want in a Taco. I am definitely going back for them, without a doubt.
We then moved onto the Spicy Chicken Quesadillas (£5.50)… which were just as flavoursome as the tacos. They weren’t super spicy… definitely had a tingle to them, but you could make it through them without burning your tongue. They had, what I believe to be, the perfect spice to flavour ratio: spicy enough to give it a kick, but not so spicy that the spice overpowered the flavour.
For the main course, I went for their Marinated Steak Strip Fajitas (£17.50)… and boy were they filling. Though this is one of their more expensive main items, you definitely get your value for money! I couldn’t finish mine as it included a lot of food; 4 mini tortillas, salsa, cheese, guacamole, sour cream and a whole lot of steak with peppers and onions. However, definitely worth it.
And then, I managed to try 5 of their cocktails, which are constantly on a 2 for 1 offer! That’s right – they have “happy hour every hour”, as stated in their menu. That brings the cocktails down from £8.75-10.75 each, to £4.38-£5.38 per cocktail, which is amazing value for money if you ask me…
We started off with the Pear Drop Caipirinha (£8.75)… which is a pear flavoured version of their traditional Caipirinha – the drink of Brazil. As a massive fan of all things pear, I was very excited for this, and it did deliver. It was quite bitter due to the limes, however it was still very tasty and probably a good one to go for if you’re looking for something refreshing.
We then moved onto the Golden Porn Star Martini (£10.75)… which was most definitely my favourite cocktail of the night. This was beautifully fruity and refreshing, incredibly smooth, and I actually couldn’t taste the alcohol at all. I would go back specifically for this, I loved it that much.
After that we had the Watermelon Margarita (£9.75)… This was definitely the most “Instagrammable” cocktail; pink with a massive slice of watermelon sticking out from the cocktail, which you could eat before/after, giving you a drink and a snack! It was refreshing, and really did taste like what I imagine juicing a watermelon would taste like.
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t go to a cocktail bar and pick out a Pina Colada (£8.95)… As far as Pina Colada’s go, it was your good, standard Pina Colada; creamy, smooth and a great pineapple:coconut ratio. You can never go wrong with a good Pina Colada!
And finally, as part of the press evening I got to make a cocktail myself, which was incredibly exciting, and should be featured in my vlog going up tomorrow (subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss it!). It turns out that the restaurant offer this as a service; you can have a member of the bar staff come to your table, teach you about cocktails, make one in front of you, and then monitor you while you make one yourself. I feel like this is such a fun, immersive, experience, adding a little something extra that you don’t see a lot of places!
Would I Go Again?
Most definitely. While it is not the most student-friendly place, it isn’t exactly overpriced, and perfect for a family meal, or cocktails and Tapas with friends. The food was brilliant, well worth the money, and the variety and amount of cocktails that they had to offer was amazing! Plus, the cocktails are constantly on 2 for 1, which is the ultimate bargain for a cocktail night out! Las Iguanas most definitely has my stamp of approval.
- Food: 4.5/5
- Standouts: 4/5
- Likelihood of return: 4.5/5 (If I wanted a whole meal, I’d have to go with family)
Again, thank you so much to Las Iguanas Bristol Harbourside for inviting me to your relaunch! I had the most amazing time and I’m so thankful for it all!
Have you ever been to Las Iguanas? What’s your favourite thing on the menu? Does anything here intrigue you? Let me know in the comments! And make sure you subscribe to my Youtube Channel to catch the video on Las Iguanas tomorrow!
Lots of love,
*DISCLAIMER* This post was not sponsored, however the meal was provided to me free as part of the Las Iguanas relaunch. However, all my opinions are my own and my voice has and always will be genuine and honest. If you want to know more about my brand work, you can do so here