Blog by Ashleigh Dougherty

07/05/2017

LAS IGUANAS, CHELMSFORD


Unless you have been living under a rock like myself, you will have probably eaten at Las Iguanas before. Despite loving Mexican and South American food, I had never been to a Las Iguanas before. I absolutely love trying new restaurants (incase you haven't guessed already), so I was really excited about this review. 

I live on the border lines of London meets Essex, so I am lucky in the fact that I can be in Central London in 35 minutes or sitting in the pub that's featured in TOWIE in around the same time. This time, we drove to the Las Iguanas restaurant in Chelmsford, Essex. It gave us a fantastic opportunity to explore the area; including the shopping centre which has a mix of popular high street stores and small, independent boutiques. 


We managed to find a space in the car park which is right next to some of the restaurants, so it's very convenient if you are driving to Chelmsford. The restaurant is located inside the same building as the Everyman Cinema; which is handy if you are going to watch a film too. 


The one thing I absolutely loved about this branch is the decor. It was very cosy and very modern in its furnishings, which made for some Instagram worth content! The bar is located in the middle of the restaurant with bar stools - perfect if you're on a date and grabbing a drink before sitting down for dinner!


I have no idea why I had never been to Las Iguanas before, as we was told something very exciting when Waiter 1 seated us at the table. They offer 2-for-1 on cocktails, ALL DAY, EVERYDAY. Perfect for me and my mum as we LOVE cocktails! Unfortunately though, mum was driving so it was mocktails for her!

I ordered the Mango Collins cocktail, with Absolut Mango Vodka, triple sec, orange, mango and lemonade. If I could be a cocktail, this is what I would be. Mango is my favourite fruit, so this cocktail was rather dangerous as it just tasted like juice! 


I was surprised to see the diverse amount of food that Las Iguanas have on offer. I have never tried Brazilian food before, but there's a few dishes available. To be honest, the menu is very overwhelming and something you should probably study prior so you get a good feel of everything that is on the menu.


They have quite a lot of vegetarian food on offer which is amazing. I'm not vegetarian but I think I have told you before that I do sometimes order meat-free options as I genuinely prefer the taste sometimes! It also means it's a great restaurant option to take any vegetarian friends or family that I have. 


After taking what seemed ages to have a look at the menu, we finally came to our decisions on what to order when Waiter 2 came over.  

For starters, we ordered a few different starter dishes and shared them. It wouldn't be a true light starter in my opinion without some tortilla chips and fresh guacamole. I don't think I have ever had this dish and been unsatisfied, so this one ticked the box. 

We also ordered Dadinhos; Brazilian crispy, cheesy cubes with a sticky chilli jam to dip them in. These hit the spot very well and I would really recommend them if you love CHEESE.


Being the piggies that we are, we also got to try Albondigos; Pantagonian-style lamb meatballs, with apple, mint, a pinch of nutmeg and Parmasan cheese. Mixed in a rich tomato and mint sauce, these meatballs were definitely something else. Again, another one I fully recommend. 


By the time we had finished with our starters, Waiter 3 took our plates away and asked if we was ready for dessert. It was quite embarrassing to then have to explain that these were our starters, but he apologised. It becomes quite a pattern throughout this review, but I think we simply had too many waiters serving us, so communication between all 3 wasn't very good, but is something they can definitely learn from. 

For main, I thought I would push the boat out and order something Brazilian. I went for Bahian Coconut Chicken. Pan fried chicken strips, cooked in a creamy, coconut sauce and accompanied with spring onion white rice and shredded greens. It was actually really nice and wasn't too heavy. I do love a good curry, so this was a good choice for me.


Sticking to the curry theme, my mum ordered Moqueca de Peixe; a fish and coconut curry. It had a mix of peeled prawns, white fish and peppers; served in a separate wooden bowl, white spring onion rice and fried plantain and coconut to sprinkle. She said it was beautiful and definitely recommends it to anyone who likes fish curry. Not something I would personally try, but it did smell delightful!


In all honesty, we were now left feeling very stuffed to the brim but I have a terrible case of dessert FOMO (fear of missing out), so we was easily persuaded to order something. 


After much deliberation of what to order, I went for Dulce de Leche Macadamia Cheesecake. I've said it before and I will say it again; cheese cake is my #1 love, so this went down well. I'm actually a huge fan of macadamia nuts (especially in a dried fruit mix!), and this was coated in a sticky caramel sauce. Yum!


My mum on the other ordered the Aztec Chocolate Fudge Cake. It had a fun little spin on things though, as the sponge was spiced orange and coated in a thick, rich chocolate sauce. Finally, with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream; it was definitely the naughtiest treat.

We was both very impressed with the food quality at Las Iguanas and we will no doubt return for another meal in the future. I think the service was great, but it would be better to be served by just the 1 or 2 waiters, rather than 3 to prevent mistakes from happening. Any restaurant can benefit from that tip!

Disclaimer: A complimentary meal for 2 was provided in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All photographs and opinions are my own.
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29 comments

  1. This branch definitely looks better than the one at the O2 Arena!

    - Elodie x

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  2. Hands up I've been under a rock as well - I've not even heard of Las Iguanas! I totally need to check it out now though how good does it sound. They Aztec Chocolate Fydge cake I need I think in my belly!

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  3. I'm a big fan of Las Iguanas but I haven't been there in AGES! I'll have to check it out again soon! xxx

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  4. I've actually never heard of that restaurant, but the food looks so good -especially the deserts!

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  5. I love Las Iguanas!! You can never go wrong with their daily happy hour for the delicious cocktails and they're also really great for providing for gluten free! The food you got looks so yummy, I need to go back there soon :) x
    Charlotte's Road

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  6. Las Iguanas is one of my favorites especially because of its amazing happy hour choices. And yes as a vegetarian having a separate vegan and vegetarian menu is awesome! xx

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  7. I have never been to Las Iguanas but that it because there is no restaurant in my town. The food does looks delicious indeed, especially that fish curry. It's amazing that they have a happy hour for cocktails all the time!

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  8. Nope, I've never even heard of it. But the food looks amazing!

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  9. Oh dear lord, that Dulce de Leche Macadamia Cheesecake looks so damn good! I've never been in my local either but it's so well decorated and inviting. Might have to pop in soon for a slice ;)

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  10. Never heard of this place, but it looks like a really cool place! I really like the design and style, and the food looks really good!

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  11. I do love Las Inguanas, not been to one in ages though! x

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  12. Adam8/5/17

    Looks great - the decor in particular. I've been to a Las Iguanas before and was let down by look and feel of the place (this was in Leicester, I think). This looks so much better though. Maybe they've improved?

    Mango for the win by the way. Best fruit ever.

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  13. I havent been to Las Iguanas before, i dont think we have one in Belfast. But the food looks incredible :) i must go check mr google out and see if we have one nearby, especially for the cocktails yummy :)

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  14. I too have never been! It looks like a fun and casual place .. I love the potted plants on the wall. Their menu sounds wonderful as well. I'm a food blogger .. so I'm sure I'd be able to find lots of great inspiration!

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  15. The menu and cocktails here look delicious, I love the decor too!

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  16. It looks so swish, I've only been to the one in Manchester but not for a long time. It was always our place to go for work nights out x

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  17. I love the Las Iguanas in Reading - it's usually where my friends and I go for a birthday night out, as we can line our stomachs with tasty food, while also downing cocktails ;) x

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  18. i haven't been to las iguanas in years! i remember sharing tapas and everything was delish

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  19. I like Las Iguanas. I've been to the one in Cardiff and enjoyed it

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  20. I've not been to LAS IGUANAS.But,I love the potted plants on the wall and their food looks so great.I love the modern furnishings too.

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  21. I havent been to Las Iguanas but I love the potted plants on the walls,the modern furnishing and their great looking food.

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  22. I fear I have been living under a rock, as not heard of this restaurant. But it looks fabulous, and the food looks amazing.

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  23. I've heard about Las Iguanas but never visited before, looks fantastic! :)

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  24. I really need to eat here! I love that they cater for many dietary requirements, making it such a good place to eat for me and my family!

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  25. I love Las Iguanas, the cocktails are amazing. In fact I am going to my Cardiff branch on Sunday and can't wait.

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  26. Im not sure what I would love the most - curry or the dessert!

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  27. I've never been to Las Iguanas before but the food looks amazing! xo

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  28. The lamb meatballs instantly made my belly rumble! What an amazing looking restaurant.

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  29. I love this restaurant! Looks like you chose some super yummy options :)

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