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Latin American Food, made kinda posh
Las Iguanas (Brighton)
Member Name: nevikrose
Las Iguanas (Brighton)
Advantages: Friendly Staff, nice atmosphere, good price on cocktails
Disadvantages: odd decor sometimes, can seem quite rushed
Las Iguanas in Brighton is found Just opposite the library in the centre of town. It has the virtue of being one of the only restaurants in the area that offers cocktails at two for one for quite a large proportion of the evening....and often at lunch time, so it is frequented by all the best students!
They often have the pre-theatre crowd in, especially being so close to the Dome, Theatre Royal, and Komedia, and in my experience they seem to really push during this service so that you're served in time to get to your show, which is nice.
The decor in the restaurant itself seems a little confused. They appear to be trying to mix ethnic south American with modern chic and although the atmosphere is very welcoming, I don't feel like the decor 'gels' properly, it comes across like a rich traveller's living room, all designer furniture and niches in the walls to show off souvenirs. I think it may look a bit better if the either roughed down the edges a little and went more ethnic, or did away with some of the odder bits and pieces they have lying around.
However, who goes to a restaurant purely for the decor?
The food is mostly South American cuisine, with some Portuguese, and some African (for some reason), mostly influenced by Latin America, further south than Mexico, this isn't a Tex Mex bar (although they do serve cracking Margaritas), there are items such as deep fried plantain and crayfish, alongside the less adventurous fajita - alikes. A lot of fish, A lot of citrus and a lot of rice is on the menu.
The menu for the Brighton restaurant can be viewed here http://www.iguanas.co.uk/pdf_menus/LI_10_BRIG_food .pdf
The service has always been very friendly, albeit brisk, quite often they seem in a hurry, and I believe my most enjoyable dining experiences here have always been at lunchtime, when the restaurant isn't so packed, the staff seem to visibly relax. They do have a kids menu, although am not really sure why you would take kids there, it feel very grown up.
Also, the place always seems very clean, which can only ever be a bonus, in my book.
Summary: I would advise hitting this particular place for lunch not dinner