Saturday, 22 April 2017

Review | Treats at Turtle Bay, Middlesbrough.

Move over Cena, I have a new favourite restaurant. Yup, Turtle Bay has knocked my go to food place off the top spot. 

I was lucky enough to be invited along to the preview evening of Middlesbrough's newest restaurant, Turtle Bay. Turtle Bay is a Caribbean restaurant and bar due to open it's doors on 23rd April 2017. With vibrant, colourful interior, an extensive menu of the most delicious food and speciality rum cocktails to die for, Turtle Bay is certainly living up to it's mission of capturing the spirit of the Caribbean. 

Turtle Bay is situated where Walkabout used to be in Middlesbrough town centre, however upon entering the restaurant, you wouldn't even recognise it from its predecessor. The £800,000 investment into the premises has transformed this space into a Caribbean dream. The decor (which I am always a sucker for) is spot on - there's colourful festoon lights, disused speakers and crazy wall murals as far as the eye can see. The kitchen is open plan so you can see your food being cooked and the bar is an 'island hut' style creation in the middle of the restaurant. 

We were treated to lots and lots and lots of food - it's days later and I'm still stuffed. The food was to die for. We tried little bits of so many dishes ranging from sharing platters, curries, jerk chicken, jerk ribs and a special little treat for us Teesside lot - a jerk parmo. The food was so interesting and nothing like I have had before. Some of it is quite spicy, particularly the vegan curry and some bits on the sharing platters, so if you're not a fan of the fiery stuff then I would take some recommendations from the helpful waiting staff who know the menu inside out. Luckily I am a fan of spicy food so my favourite was the vegan curry although the beef curry we had was also amazing - the beef just fell apart. Oh and the fried okra on the sharing platter was spot on too! The food on the menu is unique with unlikely combinations such as watermelon and ribs. I urge you to be daring and try something a little bit different because I can guarantee you won't regret it! 

We washed our food down by sampling lots of drinks from the menu. I was driving so had to stick to soft drinks but even those were unique. I tried a passion fruit cooler and a vitaliser - the vitaliser was a health drink with a mix of carrot and mango - this one was definitely a bit of an acquired taste. The cocktail menu looked amazing though - the speciality was Caribbean rum but there was something on there to suit everyone's taste.

Finally we finished our night by sampling some of the amazing desserts offered by Turtle Bay. My go to dessert is always the one with the most chocolate in however I surprised myself and liked the bread and butter pudding best. I've never fancied bread and butter pudding before but this sweet treat just melted with every bite. I will definitely be opting for this instead of chocolate fudge cake when I return.

I've already arranged numerous return visits to take advantage of the amazing food and the generous happy hour which lasts from 11.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and starts back up at 10 p.m. All of the cocktails are 241 during this time which is even better! See ya there!! 

*I was invited to the launch night of Turtle Bay Middlesbrough for complimentary food and drinks, but all views are, as always, my own.

1 comment:

  1. Ahh we had such a good night didn't we, wish we could eat all this again! Definitely need to go for our blogger night :) xx