From Mushroom Fajitas to Veggie Chilli, Mexican classics and Latin American favourites are reworked minus the meat on Las Iguanas’ new vegetarian and vegan menu.
What to Expect
Known for authentic South American food served up with Latin flair, Las Iguanas have been making sure we get our fajita fix since 1991. Starting life as a local institution in Bristol, the vibrant décor and fun atmosphere of its now nationwide restaurants make it a winner for a casual, post-work dinner or relaxed, long lunch with friends.
And while Las Iguanas have always offered an extensive range of Latin American delights, many of which lend themselves well to being ‘vegetarianised’, they’ve now launched a separate vegetarian and vegan menu – meaning that vegetarian and vegan diners no longer have to ask for nachos without the cheese, or chilli without the carne.
What to Eat
Any of your Mexican favourites! Thanks to Las Iguanas, vegetarians and vegans can avoid the familiar disappointment at a lack of suitable choices, instead getting the pick of the same classic dishes as their fellow meat-eating friends. And say goodbye to food envy – my Enchilada filled with roast butternut squash, red peppers and cheese, was presented the same as the meat-filled options, served on a bed of spring onion rice and refried beans.
The Three Mushroom Fajita was delivered with all of the sizzle that you’d expect, as well as all of the flavour, and the skillet of mushrooms, onions and peppers was served with guacamole, soured cream, jalapeños and tomato salsa to cram in to the tower of warm tortillas.
It’s not just the main courses that have been given a veggie twist; there is a varied selection of starters too, including light and crispy Corn and Habanero Fritters with coriander and lime, served with a sticky chilli jam, and Dadhinos – deliciously oozy cubes of fried cheese. Brazilian comfort food at its best.
What to Drink
Selected cocktails are 2-for-1 between 12pm and 7pm from Tuesday to Saturday and all day on Sunday and Monday. Result! Try the simple but refreshing Latin America classic, Caipirinha (pronounced Ca-preen-ya) – made with Las Iguanas’ Magnifica cachaça, fresh lime and sugar – or Huana Party, a tropical mix of Beefeater gin, Huana fruit liqueur, guava purée, elderflower cordial and cranberry juice – also available in pitchers to get the fiesta going!
Well vegetarians and vegans, obviously. But also when dining in a group: there’s a party atmosphere at Las Iguanas, whatever the time of day, and the choice of menus makes it the perfect go-to when there are lots of people to please – vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters alike.
For a sweet finale, try the traditional Churros – cinnamon-sugar dusted and served with either dulche de leche or chocolate ganache sauces for dipping (or both if you’re feeling indulgent), which are great for sharing after all of that fibre!
Las Iguanas’ vegetarian and vegan menu is available now at their restaurants nationwide | Selected cocktails are 2-for-1 between 12pm and 7pm from Tuesday to Saturday and all day on Sunday and Monday