Café Iguana

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Set along the Sin­ga­pore River, Café Iguana is a great perch from which to watch the rol­lick­ing night scene across the river at Clarke Quay while en­joy­ing a hearty Mex­i­can meal. The meal be­gins long be­fore you place your or­ders, with com­pli­men­tary bowls of tor­tilla chips with salsa set down al­most as soon as you take your seat.

The Mex­i­can fare here lends it­self well to shar­ing, so come with friends and load up on tacos, fa­ji­tas and chimichangas, each avail­able in meat and seafood op­tions. Start with the lips­mack­ing ca­marones al di­a­blo, fresh suc­cu­lent prawns sauteed with fiery chile and served with cheese and poblano chile que­sadil­las. The steak fa­ji­tas are a pop­u­lar choice too, with ten­der hunks of meat on a bed of sautéed onions. Served on a siz­zling hot plate, it is ac­com­pa­nied by sour cream, gua­camole, salsa and toasty tor­tillas. Al­ter­na­tively, try the so-called 1/2 chicken that's mar­i­nated with lime and fin­ished with a tequila glaze. It de­serves spe­cial men­tion for its ex­quis­ite ten­der­ness and de­li­cious smoky tang. End the night with ba­nana chimichangas, ripened ba­nana en­robed in fried tor­tilla and served with a gen­er­ous scoop of av­o­cado ice cream.

Nat­u­rally, mar­garita lovers have plenty to revel in here, es­pe­cially at happy hour. The café prom­ises that “all mar­gar­i­tas con­tain a full, hon­estto-good­ness 45ml of tequila, and can be made ei­ther frozen or on the rocks”. When in doubt, go for the Cadil­lac mar­garita made with top shelf tequila. If you’re here with the brood, check out the chil­dren’s se­lec­tion of non-al­co­holic mar­gar­i­tas to make them feel like they are part of the grown-up party. River­side Point, #01-03, 30 Mer­chant Road, Sin­ga­pore 058282

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