If you have ever visited any of the Turtle Bay restaurants in the North East you will already know what to expect from the Caribbean themed restaurant. If you have never visited before then maybe it is time to discover this vibrant restaurant chain.
With a new menu just launched now might be a good time to make a visit. Inspired by the Caribbean islands the menu has been curated by celebrity Caribbean cook Collin Brown.
There seemed to be a huge push on fresh and classic flavours using some of the island’s healthy ingredients such as callaloo, ackee and jackfruit to a number of the dishes.
New menu at Turtle Bay
The elevated menu had new dishes such as the Island Brunch Bowl featuring scrambled ackee, sautéed callaloo, curried chickpeas, sweet fried plantain, tomatoes and fire grilled roti.
My Pulled Chicken Doubles (£6.30) as a starter were delicious and cooked to perfection, there was even enough to share with a dining partner.
The main of the new Jamaican Run Down (£13.30) – a slowly simmered butternut squash, sweet potato and coconut stew, served with classic rice and peas. Whilst not exactly cheap you could easily just fill yourself up on this dish alone.
Other new dishes include the Vegan Jerk Chicken, the new Sunshine Bowls that include Jackfruit Beach Bowl, Coconut Prawn Rice Bowl and Jerk Chicken Salad.
If you fancy a curry then the new Trini Curry Prawn, Brown Chicken or Curry Jackfruit curries might tempt you.
If you do have enough room left the pudding menu might appeal – though there is not much choice with only four offerings. My Banana Toffee Cheesecake (£5.00) was very sweet, creamy and decadent.
Naturally there is a large cocktail list with a Happy Hour with two for one cocktails every day until 7pm and 9.30pm to closure. I particularly liked the Virgin Passion Punch Mocktail – a mix of fresh passion fruit, fresh lime and orange juice – plus it is only 83 calories if you are watching your weight.
The atmosphere was certainly lively- the loud music playing might not be to everyone’s tastes – it was hard to have a conversation and make yourself heard. Though if you like a bit of Bob Marley and other reggae inspired artists you will be in your element.
As a themed restaurant Turtle Bay is certainly different – they do stand out from their competitors – the Bottomless Brunch priced at £32.50 is very popular which includes any brunch dish, wrap or burger and bottomless cocktails.
Perhaps it is time for you to discover the warmth and hospitality of the Caribbean with Turtle Bay?
Turtle Bay restaurants in the North East are located in Newcastle, Durham and Middlesbrough.