Friday, June 23

Las Iguanas Review | BH2 Leisure Complex, Bournemouth

Last night, I was very kindly invited to the new Las Iguanas in Bournemouth. We have an awesome new complex called BH2, filled with many of my favourite chain restaurants. I've never been to Las Iguanas before, so took my best friend Megan to give our honest verdict, and discover the flavours of Latin America.


On arrival, we were greeted by the friendliest faces, and ordered a drink at the bar. To our surprise, it's 2 for 1 all day, EVERY DAY! Brilliant. £8.75 cocktails, £18.95 pitchers. Buy one glass or pitcher, get the same one free. We tried our hand at making our own Caipirinha, a traditional Brazilian cocktail made with cacha├ža, sugar and lime. As I was driving, I sadly couldn't enjoy the alcohol, so ordered from the non-alcoholic menu and was extremely impressed with the choice! Normally at restaurants it's just a fizzy soft drink or juice to pick from, but Las Iguanas had a great selection. I tried a Tropical Cooler and a Raspberry Cooler, both gorgeous AND 2 for 1 too. Bonus!


We shared nachos to start which was a good shout, as I wouldn't have finished a whole plate to myself, they're huge! They were such good nachos that I had to photograph our empty plate, I think that speaks volumes in how much we enjoyed them.

I was torn on what to have for my main, and almost wish I'd gone for fajitas as I'd heard great things however, wanted to try something with plenty of flavour. I chose the Bahian Coconut Chicken, which doesn't look very good as a photo, but honestly was so tasty! Chicken breast strips pan-fried in cumin, coriander and cayenne, cooked in a creamy coconut sauce with ginger, garlic, tomatoes and coriander, and served with spring onion rice & shredded spinach. I have to admit, it was the kind of dish I think I could make at home, but I still enjoyed it. Megan opted for a Burrito, a wheat tortilla stuffed with chipotle rice, refried beans, crunchy slaw and cheese with salad, soured cream, guacamole and roasted tomato salsa. The only gripe? It's all served on the side! I personally prefer my burrito stuffed full of the extras.

It was a no brainer for dessert, we love churros and were not disappointed. They were very well cooked and the caramel sauce was heavenly. We shared a plate of 6 and it was the perfect treat to finish the evening.

I really enjoyed our meal. It's very well priced, and the atmosphere is fantastic. The music was a little loud at times, but otherwise, I can't fault it. Our waitress was vibrant and knowledgeable on the menu. We discussed her favourite dishes and as a vegetarian, she said how well catered it is for vegans and vegetarians, with gluten-free options too. On the website, you can even tick a box for 'nut-free' and it shows all the options available! There are so many options that even if you fancy something a little lighter, there's plenty of tapas dishes and salads to choose from.

We'll definitely be coming back, Las Iguanas is a new favourite for me and has something for everyone. Huge thanks to the team for having us, until next time!

*Complimentary meal. I was not asked to write a review, I just genuinely really enjoyed it. 
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