Hen: Checking out the facilities at new Las Iguanas

With Rio 2016 halfway through and the end of our summer in sight, it was a welcome surprise to be offered a night in Latin America. Ok, so it wasn’t a trip abroad, but an evening with Mr Robertson at the brand new Las Iguanas restaurant, in Braintree, Essex.

Opened just a couple of days before, the restaurant offers an adventure where you can sample classic tastes of Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Africa. I’m not actually one for spicy food, but with a whole section on Brazil & Beyond, our waiter Matt assured me there would be plenty to tempt me. He wasn’t wrong and the seabass dish served with sweet potato mash and chargrilled asparagus was just perfect for a wimp like me! My slightly braver husband relished his enchilada, a popular choice by those sat around us that night, it seemed.

With carnival girls milling around the restaurant, the by-fold doors wide open and music filling the air and making you want to shimmy your way through dinner, you could certainly believe you were a million miles away from home. In fact, when I asked Mr Robertson what he thought of Las Iguanas, he said he felt as though he was on holiday. Fun and frolics is definitely the order of the day as we watched the table next to us neck what looked like a potent cocktail served in a huge skull glass to share. Looking at the menu, the Zombie Skull, for four, features four rums and absinthe…say no more!

With that in mind, Las Iguanas would make the ideal base for a hen party for a bunch of girls looking for a fun night. Not only does the party atmosphere come as standard, but the chain offers brides to be the opportunity to celebrate with their girls with their own cocktail-making session.

I took the plunge and gave this a go myself during our visit…and one sip of the cocktail I was taught to make almost blew my head off my shoulders – all the ingredients for a wild hen party, methinks!


Who needs an expensive trip abroad with your hens when Latin America can be found a lot closer to home!


Disclaimer: Our meal at Las Iguanas was gifted to us in return for a review on this blog.


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