a big-hearted Mexican wave that more than satisfies your Latin American-themed dreams
Whether you’re craving a chimichanga, bursting for a burrito, desperate to feast on fajita, on a quest for quesadillas or simply craving a cocky cocktail, Las Iguanas – which celebrated its 21st birthday this year with a vibrant, lively makeover – offers a big-hearted Mexican wave that more than satisfies your Latin American-themed dreams.
This big, bright diner (complete a covered alfresco patio within a pretty ‘hidden courtyard’) serves big, bright food that offers a very warm welcome to the modern day Latin America vibe: you won’t find yourself sitting next to a straw donkey and being blasted with faux-carnival music, but you will get a robust South of the Border feast in all its gutsy glory – when your tastebuds need tingling, this is definitely one of Bath’s brightest hotspots.
As you’d expect, those aforementioned tacos, fajitas, chimichangas, enchiladas and burritos all go large here (teenagers especially will love this part of the menu), but an exciting array of lesser-spotted dishes such as the Xinxim (chicken bathed in a creamy, lime-infused crayfish and peanut sauce, served with plaintains and ground peanuts), Dominican Goat Curry and mini Chorizo Dogs add foodie flair. And while it may be a stalwart of the Bath eating out scene, the kitchen moves with the times on a regular basis, putting new additions in the spotlight alongside their classic selection of greatest hits; as of this season, Copacabana Chicken, Blazing Bird and the tantalising Carne de Sol (slow-cooked salt cured beef top rib served with cassava mash) are keenly trending, while the Smoked Salmon Tiradito (smoked salmon dressed in an infusion involving lime, fresh ginger and fruity amarillo chilli begs to be investigated at your earliest opportunity.
Las Iguanas also deserves special commendation for offering highly imaginative veggie/vegan options (the recently-introduced vegan chocolate coconut tart is lush) while a multitude of gluten-, dairy- and nut-free options are clearly flagged up throughout the menus, making this a party to which everybody is invited. And on Sunday, a Bottomless Brunch option (£24.95 to include unlimited Prosecco or Brahma Beer, by reservation only) adds yet another dimension to proceedings.
The drinks list, meanwhile, is as extensive as the food menu, with Spanish, Chilean and Argentinean wine leading the way, bottled beers kicking up a conga rhythm not far behind and exotic punches and cocktails (including an all day, every day 2-for-1 selection) keeping the carnival going. And yes, there’s pretty much always a carnival going on at Las Iguanas; the restaurant gets very busy at peak times, and is (understandably) very popular with parties.
Not in the mood for full-on food? Las Iguanas’ ancillary cocktail bar Casa Iguanas (downstairs from the restaurant or accessible via an independent entrance on Monmouth Street) offers top tapas, light bites, sharing platters and superb cocktails, including a 2-for-1 selection all day, every day – ¡Aclamaciones!
- Wheelchair access ,
- Free wifi available ,
- Gluten free options ,
- Baby changing facilities
Monday-Thursday 10am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-11.30pm (bar open until midnight),
Monday-Thursday 12noon-11pm, Friday-Saturday 12noon-midnight, Sunday 12noon-10.30pm
‘Hidden away’ behind Saw Close: enter via either the main archway twixt the pizza restaurant and wine bar on the Saw Close main drag or scuttle through the secondary archway directly opposite the Theatre Royal stage door.