LAS IGUANAS is tucked away near Birmingham Airport in a beautiful complex no one would ever guess was even there unless they were told it was.
Tantalisingly good Mexican food, a table over-looking a beautiful lit up lake and wonderful service makes this restaurant a perfect change for a night out with friend, family or your partner.
We went along to try their food and see if the journey there would be worth it and it certainly was.
Upon arriving we were greeted by friendly and polite staff who showed us to our window table which over-looked wondrous views over the nearby lake which looked enchanting, lit up at night.
To start we had the taco sharing tray with corn and wheat tortillas, melted cheese and salsa, crunchy slaw and a choice of three toppings. We opted for the lamb braised with mint, tomato and chipotle, garlicky mushrooms, chili and thyme with white cheese along side chunky sweet potato, butternut squash and chickpea chili with sour cream.
When the tacos came out on a sizzling board there were six pots of true deliciousness to choose from.
Trying each one at a time we savoured the taste and were truly sad when we had demolished the whole lot.
My personal favourite was the braised lamb – something I would not have guessed would be so delightful with tacos.
The strong meat and tender texture was divine as was the incredible taste from this fantastically seasoned dish.
Although I’m not a fan of mushrooms I could not fault them – they were cooked to perfection and went incredibly with the chili and thyme.
I would even go as far to say the whole trip was worth it just for the tacos.
For my main I selected the Bahian coconut chicken – the chicken was pan fires in cumin, coriander, cayenne and cooked in a creamy coconut sauce with ginger, garlic, tomatoes and coriander – it was serves with spring onion rice and shredded greens.
This was creamy and delicious dish with just a hint of spice to give it that added oomph – I would highly recommend it and insist you try it.
We also ordered a blazing bird made up of a half chicken from the flames, marinated with fiery sauce, served with slaw and fries with flaming hot habanero sauce.
This was quite a spicy dish but no so strong that it blew your head off – it was packed full of flavour and definitely became a new favourite meal.
For drinks we enjoyed two for one cocktails. I had two Strawberry daiquiri made from Havana club three-year-old rum and strawberry liqueur shook up with fresh lime and strawberry puree. We also tried brahma Brazilian beer which was very tasty.
For pudding we had the warm spiced chocolate orange sponge cake with vanilla ice cream. To start with I was unsure what to make of this dish as I have had nothing like it before. It was chocolatey with a tang of orange and nice moist. It was something different and refreshing.
Overall our meal was lovely and although I live well over half and hour’s drive away I will certainly be returning. Not only is the food to die for but it is reasonably priced too.