Thursday 14th October saw the opening of a long overdue highlight of Durham. Turtle Bay is one of my favourite places to eat so when we found out one was opening in the new river front section of Durham City, well, lets just say its going to be a regular hang out!
We were invited along to the VIP launch and it did not disappoint! The music was reggae and loud, the food was delicious and the whole vibe was bouncing!
We were sat at a table with 2 others and thought that sharing a platter may be a little awkward. We didn’t know them but as per the vibe of the place it wasn’t long before we were all laughing and enjoying the free cocktails! Maybe a few too many but of course it wouldn’t be an impartial review if I didn’t try a few at least!
The starters were brought out and to be honest the last time we had Turtle Bay I had to ask for some sour cream to cool things down. This time there was so much more flavour and less bang – believe me this is a good thing! I don’t do spicy food but love the heat Caribbean food gives. I think my favourite were the sweetcorn fritters and I could quite happily work my way through a platter of those myself!
The mains included goat curry, never had goat before but I am now a complete convert. Aubergine curry, Bay Half jerk chicken and Jerk baby back ribs. Absolutely amazing, I could quite happily order any of these as my main next time we visit.
The desserts were banana toffee cheesecake and chocolate brownie. I think the chocolate brownie had chilli in it because that had a kick! We also got to sample the vanilla, coconut and rum ice creams too.
We couldn’t stay too late and I know they were going to turn the seating/eating area into a dance floor as there was a live band. I wish we could have stayed as by 8pm the place was already buzzing but alas parent duties took hold!
Highly recommend a visit and do try the cocktails – each one was nicer than the next but I think my favourite was the Raspberry Reggae…or the Jamaican Wake up…or the Tingaling…or…
Anyways! Fabulous night and can’t wait to visit again soon!
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