Last night my sister and I took my Mother-in-Law over to Newcastle as we had bought tickets to the theatre as a surprise for her 60th Birthday. The past couple of weeks I had been looking online to find somewhere to go for pre-theatre food and cocktails but couldn’t decide on anywhere, so after a quick tweet to CannyFood and the recommendation of Las Iguanas, the table was booked.
I’d booked the table for 5.30pm as the show was due to start at 7.30pm and I wanted to make sure we had plenty of time and didn’t feel we had to rush our food and drinks. When we arrived I was a bit worried because it looked rammed! The bar was absolutely packed and because the sun was out everyone was making the most of it at the outside tables. We went in through the restaurant entrance and was quickly greeted and shown straight to our table. The friendly staff member then brought us a few different menus and went through each one with us, explaining that it was buy one get one free on a wide selection of cocktails all day-every day and told us that we could order from the main menu but our best option was to order from the lunch and pre evening menu as this was available until 6.30pm. We ordered some drinks, cocktails for me and my sister and Brahma for the MiL, and were left for a few minutes to make our dinner selections.
We decided to share a breadboard and some extra Pao De Queijo (cheese dough balls) to start and ordered our mains from the lunch and pre evening menu as recommended. Myself and the MiL chose the Cuban Sandwich and my sister went for the Blazing Bird. Within about five minutes our starters and drinks arrived- very quick service considering how busy the restaurant was. The bar had quietened right down by this point too. The breadboard consisted of ciabatta, jalapeno cornbread and cheese dough balls which were gorgeous, every item was so fresh and soft but we weren’t too sure on the jalapeno cornbread as it was quite sweet and the texture was quite like a cake. Everything else was cleared up quite quickly with the chipotle butter which was a lovely smokey and slightly spicy accompaniment.
Once we had finished our plates were cleared and again within minutes our mains were served. My sister’s choice looked amazing. Half a chicken in a Honey Peri-Peri glaze with curly fries. But there’s no way I would have chosen it over the Cuban sandwich. Oh my days it was amazing! I was a bit worried about ordering it because I usually find that pork is very dry and tough, especially when it’s served in a sandwich, but I noticed this was belly pork so I had to give it a go. It was beautiful, the meat was so juicy and tender it just fell apart and the mustard and gherkin relish worked with the pork so well. That along with a generous side of curly seasoned fries, it’s safe to say I was pretty full and satisfied when I’d finished. The MiL definitely agreed which was backed up with her empty plate! My sister said that her chicken was gorgeous with plenty of meat and the right amount of glaze but the portion was too big for her to finish. Again once we had finished eating, our plates were cleared very swiftly and we were offered a dessert menu or coffee’s but we were feeling a bit full so just opted to have another drink sayings as we still had an hour before the show started!
I was really impressed with every aspect of our visit to Las Iguanas. The whole meal, 2 starters, 3 mains, 8 cocktails and 2 pints of lager came to just under £70. Even the decor was lovely and the atmosphere of the whole place was very relaxing. And the cocktails? Well I could have happily sat and sampled them all night if we hadn’t booked the theatre! We’ve decided to book up for another show later in the year and I’ll be booking us a table here again- no doubt about it!
Mother Hermit xx