Veggie & Vegan Menu at Las Iguanas

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I’m a big supporter of independents and local produce and don’t tend to write about chains usually, however, I felt compelled to make an exception in this case. Home to fresh and authentic Latin American food, I was invited to Las Iguanas in my hometown of Norwich for #WorldVeganDay to sample the restaurant’s new veggie and vegan menu.

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I’m a big advocate of businesses that do their part to give more choice to veggies and vegans. So on Tuesday, I headed to Las Iguanas on a mission to convince two of my good meat-eating pals to swap meat for veggie options to mark the day.

My relationship with vegetarianism is complicated. Well actually it’s pretty straightforward. I’d be a much better vegetarian if there were better options in local restaurants. (No, mushroom risotto isn’t a worthy option, sorry.)

Both my Dad and brother are vegan and veggie respectively and coming from a Buddhist family, it’s been a part of life for some time.

However, I’m a big foodie and always have been – I have a connection with food that’s very visceral and sensory. I love meat. I love fish. I love seafood. Making vegetarianism much harder for someone who loves her food very passionately. But I also want to do right by animals at the same time, so I do what I can and I generally limit meat and fish to when I’m out for a special occasion – unless the veggie options are good.

So good on ya Las Iguanas. I LOVE that you have a special dedicated veggie and vegan menu. (There’s also a comprehensive Gluten Free menu too!). Let’s hope more chains, independents and medium-sized eateries across the land take a leaf.

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Between us we tried the following veggie and vegan dishes:

We all shared the OLY GUACAMOLE Make your own & season as you choose, with spice
dusted corn chips. £3.95. This was a deconstructed gourmet guacamole experience. The  homemade corn chips were very good.

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My friend Lucy had BLACK BEAN & BEETROOT BURGER. A “very veggie black bean & beetroot burger”, in a toasted brioche bun with melted emmental, sliced beef tomato, tomato gherkin sauce & baby gem. Comes with creamy slaw & your choice of fries or salad £8.95

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I had the MOQUECA DE PALMITOS: Butternut squash, palm hearts & spinach in a creamy coconut curry with charred red peppers, garlic & fresh tomatoes. With spring onion rice, sweet plantain, pico de gallo & a coconut farofa to sprinkle. £11.95 The portion was HUGE. It was delicious. The thing that worked very well was the amount of textures in the curry – the palm hearts, fresh spinach, sweet squash and crunchy peppers – combined with the soft fried plantain, crispy coconut farofa and fresh and zingy salsa to boot. That’s what every veggie searches for – variety, not only in flavour but textures too. This dish ticks all the boxes.

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BURRITO: Wheat tortilla stuffed with sweet potato, butternut squash & chickpea chilli, chipotle rice, refried beans, crunchy slaw & cheese, with salad, soured cream & garlicky chipotle sauce. £9.95, There were lots of affirmative noises from across the table – the burrito was packed with veg, beans and tangy rice and the sides really offset the spice.

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Click on the Las Iguanas link to check out the full veggie and vegan menu at Las Iguanas.

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