Las Iguanas, George Street, Edinburgh – Restaurant Review
Las Iguanas, George Street, Edinburgh
by Roger Crow
I don’t expect much from Las Iguanas when I’m invited to review their George Street restaurant in Edinburgh. Having never been to one of their eateries before, I lower my expectations to be on the safe side.
It’s the end of a full-on couple of days in the Scottish capital; my step monitor has gone through the roof and myself, my partner and a trio of American friends are on our last legs. Truth is I want to impress them as it’s our last meal of the two-day holiday together, and that fear of the unknown is always a risk.
I needn’t have worried. From the minute we walk in, the place proves as delightful as the region we’re located in.
We’re soon seated and survey the menu – a feast of tempting ideas. As the feeling returns to exhausted feet, it’s not long before we’re enjoying drinks and starters.
Jessica, our waitress (originally from York), is outstanding throughout. Banter, that essential quality for any waiting staff, ensures we’re at our ease in no time, and the food is just as welcome.
Aside from a terrific margarita, I opt for dishes from the Nightlife menu – a very affordable two courses for £14.95. (That runs Sunday-Thursday from 6.30pm). My dadinhos, crispy cheese cubes served with sticky chilli jam, disappear alarmingly fast.
“We opt for sharing”
We don’t have to wait long for our mains either. My spicy chicken enchilada is terrific. The mix of rice, refried beans, spring onions and cheese is beautifully done.
Normally I’d be defeated by this point, but I’ve burned more calories in a day than I usually manage in a week, so we opt for sharing churros, which come with a dark chocolate and a caramel sauce. And yes, they are also a triumph.
There’s plenty of choices for vegetarians and pescatarians, so there’s no complaints from my regular culinary co-pilot. In fact there’s not a weak link in the entire night. The food, service, ambience, music and decor is all spot on.
Everything we order is delivered correctly, and that’s not always the case in some restaurants if the music is too loud and the waiter mis-hears the order. Watching the sun go down in this elegant part of Edinburgh on a spring night is an added bonus.
Obviously it’s a bit of a trek, but if you are in this neck of the woods in the coming months I’d heartily recommend it. And judging by all the empty plates of my fellow travelling companions, I’d say they’d agree.
Yes, it’s part of a chain, so there’s plenty in Yorkshire too. And no, I wouldn’t need much of an excuse to go back.
Muchas gracias Las Iguanas.
Las Iguanas, 141-143 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JY
Friday & Saturday 10am-11pm / Bar open until 12am
0131 226 2107