Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taste of the Americas

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taste of the Americas

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Byline: Helen Dalby FOOD REVIEW

as Iguanas says its ethos is to "bring food alive with a bolt of Latin energy".

LThe restaurant chain is known for its buzzing city-centre venues and its extensive cocktail menu. Its cuisine is broadly south american; most dishes are from Brazil and Mexico, but the menu is large and shows Indian, spanish, Portuguese and even african influences.

The menu changes seasonally and booking is essential at what has quickly become an always-busy city centre favourite.

Bright and airy, the restaurant on Grey street is as suitable for a business lunch as it is for a romantic evening meal, or indeed for whiling away a rainy saturday over drinks and gossip with old friends, as I did last weekend.

We decided to treat ourselves to nibbles to go with our first bottle of Rioja. Listed on the menu as sides, but eminently appropriate as starters, we chose the Holy Guacamole (PS4), Totopos (PS2.90 - chips and salsa to you and me) and a board of bread and olives (PS3.90) to share.

REVIEW FOOD By Helen This might sound like fairly pedestrian fodder for a pseudo-Latin restaurant, and it's certainly true that you'd expect it to do guacamole, chips and salsa well. But a good guacamole is harder than it looks, and this was perfect: creamy but fresh, plenty of lime juice and a pleasing chilli kick. The chips were freshly fried and clearly homemade, and the salsa was deliciously piquant. I was most impressed with the olives: yes, a sharing platter staple, but too often olives are either tasteless and greasy, or come swimming in oil so overly seasoned with herbs that it's difficult to enjoy their innate olivey-ness. Or they're stuffed with something unexpected, like an anchovy. I've nothing against anchovies, but prefer to know they're coming.

Dalby Not so these beauties. They were the most attractive olives we'd ever seen - granted, not a sentence I ever expected to type - plump to the point of suggestiveness, and aubergine-purple in colour. …

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