Read on to see the newly refurbished LAS IGUANAS
at The Hub Milton Keynes…
Due to having two little kiddies, I don’t have as much time for cocktails and happy hours
or generally being out past 7pm as I’d like, but I do remember before the small feet came along to stamp on rum-lovin’ toes, The Hub in Central Milton Keynes was the place to go for drinks in MK and it still is, so it goes.
One of the original tenants of The Hub and the BIRTHPLACE of the MK after work/
during work/four-hours-before-you-were-back-in-work cocktails and sophisticated sippings was Las Iguanas.
But being one of the first, means a lot of years has gone by and that wears fast on a decor. To keep ahead of the style stakes, Las Iguanas MK recently had a refit and a fresh lick of paint and an injection of new style and I was invited along to check it out at their VIP opening night.
When I walked inside the biggest change I couldn’t ignore was THE BAR! Which is now right in front of you when you go inside. It’s now HUGE and straight and traditional looking. It reminds me being in London. The mirrors above the bar are beautiful and make it feel spacious and chic. Because of the new design I reckon it’s going to be a lot more customer and bar staff friendly when the bar gets busy.
Spot the LouBou 📸
First up for the evening was cocktails. Las Iguanas once known for it’s happy hour cocktails for a limited time now have a 2-4-1 happy hour cocktail menu that is all day every day. How many of you used to watch the clock tick towards 7pm in The Hub and then panic buy a ton of cocktails to line up in front of you?! 🙋🏻
But back to the evening in question, no waiting at the bar for the bar person to shake up a cocktail for mew. Mr LouBou and I had to mix up our own.
We had one of the Las Iguanas mixologists show us how to make our own Caipirinhas which are made with Las Iguanas Magnifica Cachaça, lime and sugar. That’s it! Being ABV 39% with only a squeeze of lime juice, you can imagine, these are not weak drinks, but perhaps more lethal to note is, they taste sweet and delicious! *Hic
It’s no wonder they taste so sweet when I get told Cachaça is made from fresh sugarcane juice!
Las Iguanas MK even had it’s own snapchat filter too (above middle)
Then it was time to sit down and check out the FOOOOOD. I am a huge fan of the calming colours they’ve used on the walls. It’s made the whole restaurant feel BRIGHTER and so much more cheerful and I love the use of fairy lights on the ceilings. They definitely got the beachy vibes going on!
Although Mr LouBou and I were sat on a table for two, we ended up being put on a table between a ton of friends we knew. Leigh and his lovely wife, Joanne from a local company, fellow blogger Jaz and her friend, and further along, Mr MK Food & Leisure Awards, Steven and his wife!
Las Iguanas have just launched a new menu alongside their snazzy new look but it’s been quite a while since I ate there so I don’t think I remember exactly what was on the menu before this one.
For starters we had Nachos and Calamares.
The Nachos were good, with big dollops of sour cream, guac and salsa. Next time I would add an additional topping, like the tasty-sounding Havana Club & Jerk BBQ Pork!
The Calamares were a generous portion. The squid chunks were for for all you fans of heat, they were seriously spicy and perfect if you like things HOT. The garlic aioli was a good contrast and much needed cool down.
For mains we both had fajitas. Chicken for Mr LouBou and Prawns for me (one of my fave foods).
Look at those juicy prawns (below). They arrived sizzling with onions and mixed red and green peppers. Served with soft tortillas, alongside little pots of grated cheese, sour cream, salsa, guac and jalapeños.
After stuffing our faces with fajitas and plugging down a few more cocktails, there was more need for siesta than more fiesta for us all and it was time to call it a night.