This is one of those posts which has taken me so long to write as I keep getting up to go into the kitchen to eat! Its a welcome reminder to one cold, autumn Saturday evening where I could have quite easily stayed in to watch Strictly with a cheap pizza. But alas we had plans and anyway, the teen needed prising from his PlayStation so off we headed to our local Las Iguanas in Exeter to try out the new Autumn / Winter menu.
I’m already a fan of the lively Latin American restaurant so knew I hadn’t gambled my cosy night in, but this was the first time we were taking the kids. Lucky for us, our table booking qualified for a very impressive kids eat free meal which went down a storm with our youngest dinner whilst we entertained him with the Iggy and Friends books and collectable toys created for Las Iguanas.
Now anyone who has teenage sons will know that filling them up is a fruitless task. Think filling up a car with a hole in the engine and you’ll get the idea. After perusing the menu, Ky was straight in ordering honey peri-peri chicken wings. He barely drew breath when they arrived. I would share his opinion if I thought for a second that his taste buds had had a chance to register any sort of flavour. I opted for cheese and mango empanada; A deliciously light and crispy pastry filled with brie & mango. While Mark went old school with a generous portion of nachos and salsa.
We were quickly onto the mains, after a personal recommendation from our friendly waiter. I chose a Fiesta Ensalada with extra crayfish; A roasted butternut squash, mixed leaves, carrot, cucumber, pink pickled onions, oven-dried tomatoes & fresh avocado, tossed in a poppy seed dressing. Topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, charred corn & roquito peppers. (and breath) A seriously top class recommendation that was too. I’ve not got the hugest appetite but managed to polish this lot off without a struggle. I’m not sure what was in the dressing which gave it a kick, but it worked.
My only gripe was the restaurant was chilly so maybe a hot dish would’ve helped make me a little more comfortable. We put it down to being sat in the window, it certainly wasn’t down to lack of body heat as the restaurant was buzzing even at 6 pm. (Note the teen can withstand much harsher conditions than yours truly, or it could’ve been the peri-peri sauce keeping out the chills?)
After a little deliberation, Mark settled on chicken enchiladas with spicy chicken, pepper, onion & cheese in a rolled tortilla with smoky chipotle sauce, on a bed of spring onion rice with refried beans & topped with cheese. meanwhile, Ky went for more chicken in the style of a blazing bird with (more) peri-peri marinade. Clear plates didn’t need any reassurance that they enjoyed it. And our mission to get as much food in a growing 14-year-old was complete. For an hour or two at least.
So would we return? Yes.
In a nutshell, the kid’s menu was excellent, that’s probably what would swing it for me. Might even tempt my youngest away from his macaroni cheese comfort zone when, not if, we return!
We received £50 towards our meal in return for sharing our visit on here.