Mumbler was delighted to hear that Las Iguanas was opening in Harrogate as we’re huge fans of Mexican food and always like to try out something new. We were invited in just 10 days after opening, and other than the smell of fresh paint, it kind of already feels like it’s been around for ages. The bright colourful decor and furniture really suits the place and the open, light restaurant is really appealing to families.
We were there on a Saturday just before 6pm and the restaurant was already full. I’d recommend booking ahead whenever possible so that your little ones aren’t disappointed if they can’t squeeze you in.
Las Iguanas is very much set up for families, there were plenty of wooden highchairs available and the kids menu doubles up as an activity sheet. The waitress quickly brought over a cup of crayons so that my two daughters would be kept occupied.
The music and the restaurant size mean that it is quite a buzzy, noisy environment which I really quite like; it means that you don’t have to be constantly shush-ing the kids. As a family we were made to feel very welcome and with typical latin spirit, the waitress that served us was great with the kids, making a fuss of them and chatting to them when she passed by.
Las Iguanas has a specific “Ninos” menu for children under 12 years and is priced at £5.90 (April 2016) for a main course, dessert and a drink which I thought represented excellent value for money. My daughters choose a cheese burger and a pizza (not exactly embracing the Mexican vibe!). There were also pasta, cod and chicken options as well as tacos and quesadilla’s for children with marginally more sophisticated palates than mine!
As well as the main adults menu (which has pretty much every Mexican and latin you could desire) there is an Early Evening menu served up until 6.30pm which is great for when you’re eating out with younger children. The main courses on this menu are priced from just £6.00-£7.95 and even your first drink of wine, beer or soft drink is priced lower during the early evening menu times.
Children aren’t restricted to the standard menu either, the menu states that they offer half sized (and priced) options of many of the favourite grown-up options. As well as that, the restaurant offers free baby food and will warm up bottles which is always great to know.