22 March 2015

Turtle Bay, Bath | Caribbean Food and Good Vibes

There is a Caribbean food shack in Reading and it always looks a little intimidating, but I'd heard good things about Turtle Bay Bath's very own Caribbean and was eager to give it a shot.
I visited Turtle Bay for three reasons:
1. I've loved what little Caribbean food I've ever had (see post about Barbados here)
2. It is on my Bath Bucketlist
3. I was celebrating getting a work placement sorted for the second half of this year.

Turtle Bay is located directly opposite the entrance to the Victoria & Albert Musuem on Bridge Street. This is also right by Pulteney Bridge and if you sit outside you're actually looking on to you have a pretty good view of the bridge (not the famous side though, mind). Turtle Bay has a great daily happy hour from 12-7pm and 10pm-Close (which is 1am some nights) and I can't wait to come have some sunny cocktails in the summer. Would be great for a low key summer night with friends.

For cocktails, we opted for Tobago Tea which had a good kick to it and not too sweet. I loved it, but Josh wasn't keen (though I must point out that he doesn't actually drink!). It is worth noting here that you do have to have two cocktails of the same thing to take advantage of the happy hour deal. Almost all the cocktails were new to me and the flavours are zingy and fresh. There's a bar area if you just wanted to come for the cocktails (I wouldn't blame you). If you like the stronger stuff they offer 4 types of Rum and a Zing for £18. Cocktails were all £6.85 and 2for1 during the aforementioned happy hour.

Next up? Jerk Cheesy Chips which will definitely make it to the Cheesy Chip Crawl (see Bath Bucketlist). After much debate we went for Jerk Salmon and Jerk Lamb. The staff offered to swap the side to anyone one of the lovely sides so we chose the Sweet Potato Mash and Rice 'n' Peas.
We both agreed that the salmon was the absolute best element of our feast and cooked perfectly. Closely followed was... the rest. It was all so good we struggled to decide which element took prized second and third place and the Rice 'n' Peas was unexpectedly flavoursome. I can't remember the last meal where I actually wanted to eat every element on my plate, down to the squeeze of lime juice and the accompanying salad. There were no pointless flurries of parsley (that no-one even eats) - it was all equally good.

BEWARE the jerk sauce/seasoning/marinade is spicy spicy - perhaps comparable to Nandos hot? Maybe medium? I have a very attractive habit of getting clammy under my eyes when I eat spicy things and Turtle Bay's jerk actually had me patting my eyes with the napkin. They were real napkins at that - not paper, but thick cotton.

It's been a while since I've seen a creative pudding menu, but again Turtle Bay comes up trumps. Having said that we went for the Dark Chocolate Pie which had an almost powered chocolate taste, rather like Cocoa Pops. This is a compliment. I wouldn't say it was very 'dark' and it's not rich - it's moist and a surprisingly refreshing way to end a meal. Next time I am plumping for the banana fritters.
Lastly, but never least the staff were really friendly, help and FUN. Sometimes restaurant staff can be a little false or overly professional - here their were the sort of people you can imagine going on a night out with. Find more details about Turtle Bay on their website. It's actually a chain so there may be one near you?
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