Las Iguanas, Basingstoke

Las Iguanas Basingstoke

 A few weeks ago an email popped up in my inbox inviting me to Las Iguanas' opening night in Basingstoke to come and sample the menu*. I get told a lot about stuff happening back home (my parents still live there - I've fled the nest 30 miles down the M3 to Southampton at the moment) but I can never usually make it as I'm working in far flung places.  (This was the last thing I managed to make...)

Luckily for me, the stars aligned and it happened to be a night I was actually in Southampton during the day, and the boy was working in Bristol so I had a free evening. Cue a phone call to my mum saying she's going to have to keep this night free as I need company, and the rest is history.

Las Iguanas Basingstoke Pina Colada

Las Iguanas is one of those restaurants that either you've heard of and love, because there's one down the road, or you haven't, because there's not one near. If you don't know, it's Mexican food, with a heavy focus on cocktails. (Menu for the curious...)

Personally, I'd been to one in Cardiff about 4 years ago, and then didn't really head back as there's SO much to do there, but I remember loving it when I did go, so expectations were high....

Las Iguanas Basingstoke Menu

When we got there, I was struck by just how busy it was (not like a bad ohmygoshIcan'tmove busy, but a 'woah, everybody's here') kind of busy - it had been unofficially open for a couple of days and word had clearly spread like wild fire! Everyone seemed to be loving it, and there was a lovely excited vibe about the place.

(On a side note, my brother and 13 of his friends had a free period at college and went the next day - just shows how refreshing it is to have something a bit different in Basingstoke!)

Las Iguanas Basingstoke Cocktails

We actually started the evening with a cocktail making workshop - Joe from the Brighton bar was showing us how to make the signature Caipirinha - a very strong cocktail consisting of sugar, lime and cachaca. I was driving however, so I had to give my efforts to mum to drink - she seemed to like it, so I clearly haven't forgotten my cocktail making skills from my uni pub days...

Helen Louise

The driving however didn't stop me from enjoying some coolers and coffee once we were shown to our table - I'd definitely recommend the raspberry cooler! (Though this photo is of the lemon one...)

I've got to admit, I'm a bit of a bad blogger - I didn't manage to get any photos of the cool decor - a bit of a colourful recycled vibe going on, but there were so many people, all my photos have a random head in the corner! You'll have to go yourself and check it out...

I also have to admit the food was so delicious, it didn't hang around long enough for a photo - I had the BBQ jerk chicken with sweet potato fries, and mum went for a burger - neither of us could find fault with our meals, though there was so much on the menu I wanted to try! Don't these fajitas look amazing?! Next on my to try list...

All in all, it was a really lovely night, and I'll definitely be back if I'm ever in the Basingstoke area! For those of you that are, it's just down by the cinema in town, where La Tasca used to be!

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