Friday, October 31, 2008
Las Iguanas at the O2
The other night I went to the O2 to meet with some friends and we chose to eat at the Las Iguanas Resturant.
The O2 and all it's bars and restaurants were very very quiet. We had checked that it wasn't a gig night as my experience of those is that eating is nigh on impossible. However we were surprised at how quiet it all was, "dead" seems to be the word to use.
So do gig nights support the bars and restaurants? Are people put off of going to it as a general "meeting" venue because it is so busy when the Arena is in use?
Anyhow to Las Igaunas we went.
The starters that we had were great, tasty and a touch different, we were all impressed.
The mains however didn't leave up to the opening. I had the Puerto Rican Paella, which was nice but I know that I can cook a better Paella myself, and I don't believe myself to be a great cook. Others had the Carna Asado, both the Venison and Lamb versions, which again were described as being nice enough but nothing great. One of the Brazilian curries was also chosen with once again the same sort of response.
Don't get me wrong, no main course was "bad" and everything was enjoyed but it just wasn't something I would get excited about.
The staff were very good offering a friendly and helpful level of service.
However there is a downside, it was cold, very cold. We had to move tables twice to find somewhere that wasn't in a freezing cold draft. I don't know if the Restaurant had it's heating turned off due to the low level of customers but it really wasn't good.
So the big question, would we go again? Yes, I think that we would. However I'm far more likely to try and east at Rodizio Rico, which happens to also be Brazilian. I've eaten at their Angel branch and it was great, so I'm hoping that the O2 can live up to those same standards.
If you want more information Las Iguanas has a web site here: http://www.iguanas.co.uk
The page for the O2 branch is here: http://www.iguanas.co.uk/london_o2.asp
And you can see the current menu here: http://www.iguanas.co.uk/pdf_menus/LI_15_O2main_food.pdf