Las Iguanas Swansea review

I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of Las Iguanas Swansea last month. It is Phil’s favourite restaurant (we’ve been to the Mill Lane branch in Cardiff plenty of times!) so needless to say, he was very excited to be my dining partner once again.

Situated in the brand new Castle Quarter development, the restaurant is a perfect location for a party, special occasion or for when you fancy a couple of pre-drinks before hitting the nightclubs a few doors down.

A picture of cocktails
An ideal place for a few tipples!

Inside the restaurant, the decor consists of warm sunshine colours, bright and comfy banquette seating and twinkling lights. The restaurant also features an open kitchen to enjoy the hustle and bustle of your food being cooked and if you fancy some fresh air, you can always sip a caipirinha (or two!) outside on the terrace.

The cuisine is South American with a fusion of Latin American Indian, Spanish, Portuguese and African influences. There’s lots of choice on the main menu but it’s worth noting that there are plenty of options on the separate vegetarian and gluten-free menus too.

To start, Phil chose the lamb empanadas – two crispy pasties with tender lamb, tomato and chipotle. I picked the gambas which were butterflied shell-on prawns cooked in a garlic, lemon and chilli sauce, served with ciabatta. The prawns were so tasty that I could have happily eaten a few more platefuls!

Lamb empanadas from Las Iguanas
A crispy lamb starter for Phil
Gambas dish at Las Iguanas
Zingy and tasty shell-on prawns

Next, the main course. Phil chose the XinXim, which is chicken and crayfish in a creamy lime and peanut sauce with spring onion and garlic rice, fine green beans, coconut farofa and sweet plantains. According to Phil, it was really tasty and he’d definitely order it again. On reflection, I’m surprised that I didn’t order this myself – lime, peanuts, coconut and plantain are all right up my street!

XinXim at Las Iguanas
An aromatic dish with chicken and crayfish

I chose the Cordero dish which was succulent pieces of pan-fried boneless rack of lamb in a sweet orange & tamarind glaze with a tangerine, chilli & herb salsa. The lamb was lovely and tender but I wasn’t wholly fussed on the orange glaze. I really enjoyed the garlic and chilli mash that it was served with though!

Lamb with orange glaze
Delicious lamb but not sure about the glaze!

Although we were pretty full, we couldn’t resist dessert. I went for the creamy caramel cake which was layers of soaked sponge and caramelised cream drizzled with dulce de leche topped with caramelised cream and blueberries. It was honestly one of the best desserts I’ve ever had! Try it, you won’t be disappointed.

Creamy caramel cake in Las Iguanas Swansea
Order this stunning cake and you won’t regret it!

Phil had the cinnamon-dusted churros with chocolate ganache, which were hot, sweet and perfectly crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. A perfect end to a superb meal.

A picture of churros in Las Iguanas
A light dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Overall, Las Iguanas Swansea was excellent. The service was very good, the atmosphere was buzzing and the food was fab!  Phil and I have already been back twice since this review and we plan on going again and again!

* Please note that I was invited to dine here and the meal was complimentary.

Las Iguanas, Castle Quarter , 1-4 Castle Square, City Centre, Swansea, SA1 1DN. Tel: 01792 930 565

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