Restaurant review: Las Iguanas, Leeds

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Dare I say it? It finally looks as though the sun has arrived in Leeds.

After months of bracing cold winds and pouring rain it makes a refreshing change to see clear blue skies.

The start of the Great British Summer Time looks like it has finally arrived.

And as the sun continues to shine dreams of drifting away on holiday are getting ever closer.

Little Oliver decided to capture that holiday spirit and head into the city centre to try and find a hint of Latin spice to heat things up.

Las Iguanas, on Cloth Hall Street, is still a firm favourite and as far as chain restaurants go this one still shows no sign of feeling tired.

In fact it is the perfect Mexican addition to the city’s dining scene – something that is still very much a niche option for diners in Leeds.

As soon as we stepped inside the dimly lit restaurant we were immediately in the carnival spirit with the selection of Latin music on the sound system.

And within minutes we started to forget that we were opposite the Corn Exchange.

The dark wooden furniture was complemented by bright paintings and there were also a few token iguana murals dotted around the walls.

Adorning the wall in the corner was a small version of Christ the Redeemer from the Brazilian coastline.

My lunch companion and I perused the menu which came with a variety of mouthwatering options.

There were a variety of enchiladas, burgers, chilli and a tasty sounding tapas sharing selection.

Among the dishes to chose from were chicken wings, empanadas and tacos.

My lunch companion settled for the smoked chipotle chicken burrito priced at £10.95

It was packed with strips of smoked chicken and stuffed with chipotle rice, refried beans, pickled cucumber, slaw and a crumbly cheese.

The large tortilla parcel was served with a side of crunchy slaw salad and sour cream and a garlic chipotle sauce. Within minutes my lunch companion started to plough through the dish.

I opted for the fajitas which were priced towards the top end of the menu at £14.50.

The chicken was coated in a special mix of coriander, lime, paprika and cumin. It came served on a sizzling plate with a pile of onions and peppers.

There was also a selection of guacamole, soured cream, jalapenos and a tasty tomato salsa to bring the tortilla wraps to life.

Altogether our meal was priced at £25.45.

Now Little Oliver is just wondering when he can contemplate booking his getaway and really embracing the holiday spirit.

LAS IGUANAS

Address: Cloth Hall Street, Leeds

Rating: ****

Date: 11th October 2017.
Picture James Hardisty.
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