Travels with My God Daughter – Las Iguanas

In Chains – Las Iguanas:

The South Bank used to have very little in terms of restaurants.  But, there was a major refurbishment a few years ago and the place is now full of places to eat.  It’s an area I know quite well and I have walked past Las Iguanas on a number of occasions.  It always looks busy and lively – a great sign for a Brazilian restaurant and bar and I’ve been tempted to go in before now. So I was really pleased to be asked to review – and since the main reason I haven’t actually gone in so far is that the clientele in the evenings tends to be young I asked my god daughter.  She’d really rather we went to Brazil (and so would I), but I don’t have my magic wand to hand at the moment. Until that happens, lunch at Las Iguanas seemed like a good alternative.

London-Unattached at las iguanas cocktails

We  ordered a couple of cocktails to start, in my case a rather excellent smoked margarita, a Gran Centenario Anjo tequila with lime, orange and agave.  My god daughter had a driving lesson a bit later so ordered alcohol free cocktails and seemed to really enjoy them.

Now, the god daughter tends towards vegetarian food.  But, when suitably encouraged, meat does feature on her personal menu.  And as a true carnivore I see part of my role to try and tempt her.

We started off well.

London Unattached at Las Iguanas - holy guacamole

Holy guacamole was a kind of deconstructed Guacamole, where you get each of the ingredients as little heaps.  And mix everything together.  Nice, but perhaps a little misguided because for me at least, part of the significance of mixing ingredients is to allow the flavours to blend together – and that simply won’t happen if you have a DIY version.

las iguanas garlic bread

Pan Ajillo is a garlic ciabatta with coriander and chilli added in.  Really rather a good thing to nibble on.

My main course was the house recommendation, the extraordinary xinxim.  It was a remarkably successful lightly spicy lime chicken in a crayfish and peanut sauce with spring onions, garlic and coriander rice with fine green beans.     It came  in a pretty earthenware dish on it’s own little earthenware warmer

las iguanas chicken


The rice arrived with a tiny portion of caramelised sweet plantains.  Very delicious and very morish, it was almost good enough to just eat alone.


las iguanas coconut rice

And at this point, I managed to momentarily convert the vegetarian!

Las Iguanas  - chicken Fajitas

The god daughter’s Chicken Fajitas was a generous portion of fresh chicken breast strips and peppers, with a selection of fillings – guacamole, soured cream, jalapenos and salsa with some soft tortillas.  I actually had food envy for a while!   For those purists, there is a vegetarian option.  But the chicken fajitas looked delicious and the entire platter went!

las iguanas fajiitas fillings


Las Iguanas seems a good, relaxed and friendly place to eat and drink. While the food we had was not exceptional, it was considerably better than ‘ordinary’.  I can understand why it’s so busy in the evenings.  And, I’ll certainly be back at some point in the future, if only to bags my own fajitas and perhaps have another of the lovely smoked margarita cocktails!

Las Iguanas on Urbanspoon

Las Iguanas
Festival Terrace
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

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  1. says

    Seems you have a new commenting system. Does having drinks with your God daughter qualify as contributing to the delinquency of a minor?

  2. Pamela Morse says

    Agreed about the guacamole ..Brazil is not known for that ..the other quite African flavors are nice together. Sounds like a good time for all.

  3. says

    I like Las Iguanas – I think it fits into the “good chain” category, like Pizza express. As I said the other day, I think your God Daughter is lucky to have such a coll God parent!

    • says

      I’m less convinced by pizza express lately (although perhaps that’s unfair since it’s at least a year since I last went). They started doing so many 2 for 1 deals and their pizzas seemed to become half sized at the time, I became suspicious. Not that I am cynical or bitter or twisted…much!

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