Getting festive with Turtle Bay and their Festive Menus!
Those who know me well will know how much I enjoy Turtle Bay and their food. There is something to be said for the atmosphere and with great food and drink it is a great place to visit. I have been fortunate to dine out a few times and every time has been great! This time I was given the opportunity to try out their new 2017 Festive Menu. Forget turkey, pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce…Say hello to Duck rolls, Jerk chicken and Goat curry.
So my sister and I booked our table and counted down the days until our “Turtle Bay Day!!.” We had decided to make an evening of it and do some Christmas shopping in Queensgate. Thursdays and Fridays are late night shopping nights so the centre is open until 8 pm which is when we booked our table! When we arrived at Turtle Bay we were greeted and shown to our seats. Our server Mandy came and explained how the All-Day Christmas Menu worked. Normally this would be a minimum of 8 people to book. Mandy took our drink orders and then went to get our first course.
The First Course
The first course is basically the welcome platter. As soon as you arrive this will be ready and waiting for you. The platter was made up of Garlic N Herb Flatbread, Trini Chickpeas, Spicy Pork Rinds (minus the Jerk BBQ sauce which was missing from our platter, we didn’t notice it until the end though). Every dish tasted delicious! I would point out that these platters are to be shared by 2 people but you only receive 3 pieces of flatbread. So it is a fight for the last one!
The second course (AKA Starter)
It didn’t take us long to finish the Platter, we both pretty much starved ourselves for our evening meal! Mandy came back and cleared our table and took our orders for our starter and mains. I chose Duck Rolls and Half Jerk Chicken with a coconut jerk glaze and Tasha chose Crispy Chilli Squid and the same main as me. The atmosphere in the restaurant was a lot louder than we had experienced before. Must have been all the birthdays as every few minutes there was another rendition of Happy Birthday being sung by the servers! (worth noting for any forthcoming birthdays)
The Duck Rolls tasted great! Although it contains Chilli the Orange Chutney accompanied it well (that and the Peanut butter smoothie i had ordered) I don’t particularly “do” spicy foods and this dish wasn’t too overpowering!
The third course (mains)
Not long after finishing our starter Mandy returned and again very swiftly cleared our table. When she came back she took another drink order and after a little wait (not long at all!) our main dish arrived.
When Mandy took our order she explained the Coconut glaze on the Jerk Chicken was the milder of the two choices. (after already tasting the Original glaze on our first visit, the coconut was a must to try).
I am a BIG fan of Turtle Bay’s Coconut Rice “N” Peas and can literally sit and eat an entire bowl! Same with the Caribbean Slaw. My Jerk Chicken tasted great but Tasha did comment hers was a little dry. If you haven’t tried the 24-hour jerk marinated and pit grilled chicken you really must!
The final (and oh so delicious) course (Dessert!)
Out of the entire 4 courses, our Dessert was A-Maz-Ing! Mandy came and placed my Banana and Toffee Cheesecake in front of me you could smell the toffee sauce! I really don’t think much needs to be said for this dessert other than if you have the chance to try it, then try it!
During our meal both Tasha and I drank non-alcoholic drinks (the joys of driving eh?) Turtle Bay has a great 2 for 1 offer on their cocktails! From 7 pm every day for one hour you can receive 2 drinks for the price of one (must be the same drink) and again from 9.30pm until close the offer is back on! It is a great way for a group of you to start making your way through the extensive rum cocktail menu! The offer applies to the non-alcoholic mocktails too!
If you want turkey and all the trimmings then this isn’t going to be the place for you to visit. If you want to try different food, drink great drinks and eat in a great atmosphere with servers who are attentive and polite and If you love reggae music and want to come away from the doom and gloom of wintery England for one evening, then give Turtle Bay a shot! It is worth a visit.
Want to try Turtle Bay’s Festive Menu? Here are your options –
Turtle Bay are offering 3 choices of Festiveness that you can enjoy;
- The Festive Platters – £9 per head and is Turtle Bay’s super chilled out, social eating experience! The platters are made up of Turtle Bay’s most popular dishes and go perfectly with any of their Rum cocktails! (or mocktails if you are teetotal!)
- The Festive Lunch – 3 courses of Caribbean loveliness for £15 per head. I can totally recommend the Dark Chocolate Brownies for pudding!
- The all-day Christmas Menu – £24 per head – 4 courses of an all tropical-festiveness. This is what we had when we visited.
The Festive Platter and All-Day Christmas Menu can be pre-booked online here
*I was given a meal for two of the All-Day Christmas Menu in exchange for an honest review.*