Kirsten moved to Budapest at the start of January, so Katie and I wasted no time getting out there. A colleague of Kirsten’s recommended Iguana, and being big Mexican food fans, we decided to make a reservation and try it out on the Saturday night. The only time we could get was 9pm, so I would definitely recommend booking, but there was still a good atmosphere, with plenty of diners, when we arrived. It’s a relatively big restaurant, with 2 different levels, so it was very positive to see it so full at that time.
The staff were attentive and friendly throughout the evening, and we got stuck in to the margaritas straight away. I like my margaritas on the rocks with salt, where as Katie and Kirsten chose frozen strawberry margaritas. It wasn’t the best margarita I’ve ever had, but not the worst either, and the more I drank the easier they went down! The 3 of us have a tendency to over order at restaurants because we want to try everything, but we somehow managed to contain ourselves this time, even though there were plenty of enticing items on the menu. Nachos are always a winner, so we ordered those to share to start with and then we also decided to share a chicken quesadilla, carne asada tacos and tacos al pastor for our main courses. The menu has a Tex-Mex feel rather than authentic Mexican, but it also has a good mix. Although nachos are Tex-Mex, they were served with fresh corn tortilla chips and were really delicious! It was a huge portion, topped with plenty of cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and jalapenos, but we managed to wolf them down.
All of the main courses were also tasty, but my favourite was the tacos al pastor. These were served with no frills; just pork, onions, cilantro and lime on corn tortillas, with guacamole on the side. Soft corn tortillas are my favourite way to serve tacos, so these were an instant star player, but the pork itself was also very tasty! The carne asada tacos were served on flour tortillas, which put me off slightly, but the steak was cooked brilliantly. The steak tacos were accompanied by rice and beans, which I love. The quesadilla had plenty of flavour, with enough sour cream and guacamole on top, as well as jalepenos. It was also pretty filling and an easy main course to share with other dishes.
The restaurant has a good vibe; not too stuffy or too wild, but a good mixture for a Saturday night in Budapest. We decided not to have dessert because we were full from our other courses, so we had 3 tequila shots instead!
I would recommend Iguana for anyone looking to have a fun and tasty meal, which is good value for money. With plenty of options on the menu, there’s something for any Mexican/Tex-Mex fan.
Atmosphere – 4
Food – 4
Price – 4.5
Service – 4
Total – 16.5/20