B1 Chapel Bar, Nottingham, NG1 6JQ
Las Iguanas, the Latin American specialists, have brought a whole lot of Latin magic into the heart of Nottingham. Set against a vibrant backdrop of warm woods, bamboo and mosaics echoing Copacabana Beach, the à la carte menu finds you spoilt for choice between signature dishes Xinxim - Brazilian lime chicken - and four varieties of sizzling fajita. These are joined by a varied selection of authentic regional delicacies cooked fresh to order from countries including Chile, Venezuela and Argentina. There is a lunch and early evening menu which is fantastic value, special menus for kids and larger parties, and plenty of choice for vegetarians including Moqueca, a delicious Brazilian curry of vegetables cooked in coconut and palm oil. If you are lucky enough to have room for pudding, recommendations include Palatano Cubana, a grilled banana served with caramel sauce and ice cream, and Aztec chocolate fudge cake, a rich chocolate cake with a hint of spiced orange. Choose to bypass the restaurant and instead lounge in the bar, or 'cachaçaria' (ca-sha-sa-ria), and you can nibble on a selection of Latin tapas while you sample traditional Brazilian cocktails made with cachaça - a fearsome spirit distilled from sugar cane grown by Las Iguanas in Rio. Alongside the caipirinhas (cachaça, sugar and fresh Brazilian limes) you will discover a fine range of Cuban and Mexican cocktails, Latino wines and beers and Brazilian coffee to round off your evening. With a sizzling menu served with real Latin energy against a background of salsa beats, Las Iguanas creates a unique buzz. Discover Latin America right on your doorstep.