Monday, September 17, 2007

Café Iguana, Riverside Point

Café Iguana, Riverside Point
I'm beginning to understand why this place (30 Merchant Road, #01-03 Riverside Point) is often crowded. Just like Brewerks down the river, the food was fairly affordable and margaritas are at half price up to 9pm and after 12am. Reservations can only be made up to 7 in the evening. It definitely took me a while to start coming by to this place, but I do see myself returning. In conversation with a new Korean acquaintance, it seemed that the standards of the Mexican Food at Cafe Iguana were quite similar to that in Texas. Albeit with less grease. It was also much cheaper over there of course with their proximity to Mexico. Like in Italian food in Italy, Mexico has cuisine that tends to vary in style depending on which part of the country it comes from. Not being the expert, I can't really pinpoint anything. I guess it's probably enough to be generic of Mexican food. Are there any good or better ones around here?

Café Iguana, quesadillasquesadillas ($2.99)

These quesadillas were pretty cheap and freshly baked. There was a crisp on the tortilla skins which were filled with cheese and mushrooms. This made a good drinking snack.

Café Iguana, chimichangasshredded beef mini chimichangas ($7.99)

The mini chimichangas here come with either shredded chicken or beef for the fillings. The initial impression of them were that they look like cut up Old Chang Kee curry puffs with guacamole and sour cream dips. They also reminded me of the kolkatta shingara which I've had at Mustard down in Little India. Thick crispy and fried skins of flour with fillings. They're not too bad and quite filling.

Café Iguana, camarones al diablocamarones al diablo ($14.99)

Babelfish told me that the name of this camarones al diablo translates to "shrimps to the devil". The devil in the name I presume, came from the sweet spicy sauce. The sauce which the shrimps were sautéed in was supposed to include habanero chile, capsicum, ginger, cumin and lime. Said sauce had a pretty good balance between being sweet and spicy at the same time. Didn't pack a strong heat if you're wondering. On the sides are more...quesadillas. This kinda made the dinner pretty filling with all the flour and cheeses at this point.

Café Iguana, green chile stewgreen chile stew ($12.99)

For $13, this was pretty good main course. I was initially quite skeptical of the coriander that I remember being mentioned in the rice, but it turns out to be alright. Found this nutty tasting stewed pork with rice and beans (which tasted better than they look) to be pretty good and the portions were actually hefty.

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