Las Iguanas Bournemouth BH2
Flame-grilled Latin American dishes and shared plates served in a contemporary chain dining room.
Monday – Thursday 10am-11pm, Friday – Saturday 10am-1am, Sunday 10am-10:30pm
A bar in the front of the building and the seating for the restaurant in the back, you can go to Las Iguanas for drinks and food. With 241 cocktails and mocktails nearly all day every day, if you just want to go for after work drinks, there’s even seating out front for the summer. As you enter the place, you are welcomed by a magnificent setting, a delightful marriage of Mexican, beach bar and cocktail bar. Personally, I don’t think this venue is child-friendly, as there is low lighting, lots of noise as people chat and a more sophisticated menu. Tables close together, candles on the table and Latin music playing in the background, creating the perfect setting for a fun meal.
The menu offers a wide variety of mouth-watering starters. For starters, we ordered Cheese Dough Balls, a traditional Brazilian dish is known as Pão de Queijo, served with chipotle butter. Simple and tasty. The main course consisted of vegetarian sweet potato, butternut squash & chickpea chilli burrito for myself and the smoked chipotle chicken burrito for my friend. Both were very tasty and full of spice and flavour, but sadly a little burnt on the outside. To drink, we had a very refreshing 241 spiced ginger punch mocktail, made with Bottlegreen spiced berry, lemon and ginger beer.
The ingredients/the wine/the prices
The ingredients in the burrito were fresh and seasoned well, and the dishes had the warmth of home-made food, but the dough balls tasted shop bought sadly. The menu is a bit on the pricey side for what is on offer, but there is a wide range of food offered on the menu.
The service/the waiters/the owner
What a pity that the service does not accompany the high quality of the cooking. My friend and I arrived at 7:30 pm, and were greeted by a young man who explained as they were a bit busy, and because we hadn’t pre-booked a table, we would have to wait around 15-20 minutes to be seated. He then suggested sitting in the bar area, grabbing a drink and he’ll come and get us when there’s a table ready. As I was with an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a long while, we were catching up and chatting, and before we knew it, it was 40 minutes. I went over to the welcome desk, spoke to the host and explained that we have been waiting for 40 minutes. He then went off, came back and said someone would seat us in two minutes. As suspected, this didn’t happen, and we waited a further 15 minutes. After finally being seated, you could hardly get a smile out of the waitresses. An hour and 15 minutes later we finally got our mains. A very dismissive service given, and we were so hungry we asked for some bread while we waited, ad they didn’t even give us that! An apology from the manager was gratefully received, but overall I wasn’t impressed.
Overall, despite the high price of food and the not so attentive service, I would return to the restaurant but would book in advance. I would recommend the restaurant as the food and drinks were entirely of flavour and taste, but wouldn’t suggest going there on the weekend. The type of person that would enjoy this restaurant are young professionals looking for tasty, flavour-filled food and cocktails.