Family Friendly Dining With Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas invited us to their restaurant in Nottingham this week to check out the new menus, including what’s on offer for kids.  Las Iguanas is a South American restaurant & bar that I used to visit before having the girls.  I hadn’t really thought about it being a family friendly restaurant to take kids to eat in until our visit on Sunday.

children playing in the fountains Market Square Nottingham

The sun was shining and everyone was in a good mood so we took the girls into town.  We did a bit of shopping and played in the fountains in the Market Square before heading to Chapel Bar to find the restaurant.  The kids had made it known to us that they were feeling hungry, so we were a little bit early for a table, but Las Iguanas didn’t mind at all and made us feel very welcome.

Family choosing what to eat at Las Iguanas

There was lots of fun kids activities already out on the table and we were able to sit by the windows that opened onto the street.  This made for a very relaxed experience and set the scene perfectly for trying one of their happy hour 2 for 1 cocktails.  I tried the new Berri Mule from the Hot List menu, and oh my was it good!  It went down perfectly with all the chilled out Sunday afternoon vibes we were already experiencing.

Las Iguanas title pic

The new kids menu at Las Iguanas is very impressive, offering young visitors lots of choice and a familiar list of foods if they aren’t feeling the Latin love. Kid friendly tacos and quesadilla are available, but you can also get pizza, cod bites and burgers, so that everyone is happy.  If your children enjoy South American food, then you can also get smaller portions off the main menu for half price or less.

The children’s menu is suitable for 12 years and under.  We felt they were good sized portions and there was plenty to feed our kids who are 3 and 5 years old.  The children’s menu costs £5.90, and includes a main, dessert and a drink.  That’s awesome value isn’t it?  At the moment, to celebrate the Easter holidays, Las Iguanas are offering a ‘kids eat free’ deal, which is available until 23rd April.  This offer and others are available throughout the year, so check out the website for more information and to book.

burritos and cocktails Las Iguanas

We all tucked in when our food arrived, with the girls going for the pizza and cod bites.  Daddy ordered the burritos with shredded beef braised in chipotle and I went for the Ximxin. This is a classic recipe from North Brazil and a must try for curry fans and first time visitors to Las Iguanas.

The girls were really happy when their food was placed in front of them.  Their meals were served with a side of fresh salad, which is always a big hit with them.  The quality and presentation was excellent, making sure that they enjoyed their meals as much as we did.  Happy kids always makes for happy parents, doesn’t it?

Daddy enjoyed his burritos A LOT, and to be honest he’s a really tough critic to please.  If he wrote a blog of restaurant reviews, he’d be so harsh.  On this occasion though, he gave Las Iguanas a massive thumbs up.  His food was tasty and super filling, so he was a really happy bunny.

Ximxin curry Las Iguanas

My Ximxin was just amazing.  It had all the flavours I love, including coconut and lime.  The chicken and crayfish was beautifully cooked, and went perfectly with the creamy peanut sauce.  It is a dish I would definitely have again.

Daddy threw the towel in before we got to dessert, but in the interests of providing you with a full restaurant review the girls and I soldiered on.  They had jelly and ice cream, which when your 5 and 3 is the mother of all desserts.  They ate the lot!

After much deliberation, I decided to try the Dulce De Leche Macadamia Cheesecake.  It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!  Just take a look at this!  Did it taste as good as it looks?  Absolutely!  It was perfect.  It was rich, but light which I think is a difficult combination to master when it comes to cheesecake.

Dulce De Leche Macadamia Cheesecake

The biscuit base was crisp, the cheesecake was flavoured perfectly with fresh vanilla, and the dulce de leche topping complimented the rest of the dessert a treat.  In short, it was delicious and went perfectly with this rather delightful chocolate cortado.

chocolate cortado

I felt quite sad when it was time to leave.  We had had such a lovely experience, the food had been amazing, the staff were great and it all went so perfectly with a relaxed sunny Sunday afternoon in town.  Unfortunately, small children get tired and are best taken home, but I could quite happily have whiled the afternoon away testing a few more of those 2 for 1 cocktails.

Las Iguanas has made it onto our list of family friendly restaurants to visit in Nottingham, or anywhere else for that matter.  If you haven’t visited with your kids yet, I would strongly recommend popping in.  I really don’t think you will be disappointed.

We were provided with a complimentary meal at Las Iguanas restaurant in Nottingham in exchange for an honest review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.  I would be more than happy to recommend this restaurant to friends or family looking for a place to eat with children in Nottingham, and very much look forward to going back soon myself.   

18 Comments

  1. Lorna Ledger
    April 11, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Las Iguanas has a lovely menu, my friend is a vegan and they have a great vegan range too x:)

  2. MARGARET gallagher
    April 11, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Been to the one in Manchester
    They really do cater well for everyone

  3. April 11, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I never knew las iguanas was child friendly I’ve only ever been once to the local ins to me on a Friday night but that was quite awhile ago

  4. April 11, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Food looks yummy and great to hear that restaurant are considering for kids when they are preparing their menu.

  5. April 12, 2017 / 8:08 am

    This looks great, I have loads of family who live in Nottingham and we are actually going up their in a few weeks and think we will be having dinner here with all the kids.

  6. Lia Burns
    April 12, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Wow! Myself like you, hasn’t dined here since having children, I have never really thought to take my kids here but I will be now after reading this! Your food looked amazing too x

  7. April 12, 2017 / 10:26 am

    I always have ximxin when I visit las iguanas and always try any new 2 for 1 cocktails. It’s one of my favourite restaurants and glad you guys had fun and an enjoyable meal
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  8. April 13, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    I love finding a suitable family restaurant, particularly one that you feel welcome to go back to. The food looks delicious, and a nice choice. The cheesecake is making me think I need to travel 240 miles, just for that. (cheesecake does this to me).

  9. Susie Wilkinson
    April 17, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I’ve never ventured into a Las Iguanas when we’ve been out and about, I might have to change that!

  10. Deborah Mackenzie
    May 3, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Oh wow! this place looks like a great place to eat, and so family friendly too.

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