Last week we were invited along to Turtle Bay to celebrate the launch of the new additions to their menu. The latest update sees the addition of lots more options including Caribbean brunch for the very first time.
Breakfast items including Curry Goat Hash and Blackwell Breakfast – a porridge served with a shot of Blackwell rum, jerk sausages and sweet plantain are amongst the delicious offerings from this popular Jamaican eatery.
As it was evening when we called we didn’t get the chance to try the brunch but opted for items we have not had before and I have to say I was very impressed. Normally I dislike spicy food but this wasn’t HOT, it gave a delicious warmth that made completely changed my views of spicy foods.
Inspired by street vendors from across the Caribbean islands, Turtle Bay offer a wide selection of fiery jerk flavours and fabulous soul food that will make you feel like you are on holiday! The whole restaurant has a holiday vibe to it and with cocktails on 2 for 1 until 8pm each night you can certainly get in the swing of things pretty quickly!
We ordered the Beach sharing platter as starter which served us, Jerk pit chicken wings, pork ribs, crispy chilli squid, bara roti, cucumber chutney & pickled vegetables. The chicken wings fell apart and the bara roti was amazing, more warmth than anything. The crispy chilli squid was crisp and again not too spicy.
Remember this is soul food, it feeds your body everything you need and wraps you up in a delicious hug of flavours and memories. My main meal wasn’t the pretties to photograph but boy did it taste amazing. Mo’Bay is a large plate of chicken breast, smothered in creamy jerk sauce & shaved coconut, served with coconut rice and coleslaw. The combination of the chicken breast and coconut was a dream combo and I cleared my plate!
Ben opted for the Surf Side Burger with sweet potato fries which was a little of a let down. Having already had the crispy squid as part of the starter he was a little dismayed to find there were no fishcakes inside the burger….just more of the squid. I think the kitchen must have known the issue straight away as the server came over and said they were cooking a couple of extra fishcakes and would bring them over asap. It was a busy night and we had almost finished our meal by the time someone came over reminding us about the fishcakes so we just said to leave it as it seemed a little pointless now we were almost finished. The rest of the food was amazing the service was great throughout the night so regardless of a little mishap we would definitely visit again. They did deduct the price of Bens main meal from the bill and were very apologetic.
Overall, if you are looking for somewhere a little different and like good soul food washed down with cocktails then I would highly recommend Turtle Bay.
We were given a voucher towards the cost of our meals. All views and opinions are our own and genuine.
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