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So excitingly we were invited by the lovely people at Turtle Bay to try out their new menu. I’ve been already, our Sheffield Restaurant opened back in June and I’ve been a couple of times for happy hour cocktails and food. I was super excited to get to try their latest menu and see how many gluten free options they had.
I may as well start this post by telling you about their awesome drinks offer! 2-4-1 between 5 & 7 and 9:30 – close every day. £7.25 for two cocktails, you can’t argue with the that! The only thing to consider is that the two cocktails have to be the same but me and Eddie got four between us so we could try too different ones.
There are so many classics on the menu to choose including rum punch, mojitos and mai tai’s but also a lot of unique styles including jumbled julep, raspberry reggae and a koko kolanda.
We chose the ‘Island Iced Tea’ because booze! And the ‘One Love’ which is very similar to a Pornstar Martini minus the shot of prosecco. I not much of a secco fan so I was happy to skip that. I had a ‘One Love’ a month or so back when I visited the first time and I remembered it was really good so I had to order that one again. I was not disappointed, I’m a massive fan of anything mango or passion fruit so these really satisfy the taste buds.
It’s good to note that they make an effort to show which drinks are Vegetarian and Vegan. I have to say I’m not used to seeing this symbol system on most drinks menu’s – so that’s impressive!
Make sure it’s gluten free!
As you may already know, I’m a coeliac so I have to make sure everything I eat is 100% gluten free. Turtle Bay don’t have a specific menu for the gluten free options but they brought me a few allergen sheets which highlighted everything I needed to know. Sadly their fries are done in a fryer that would contaminate them so I had to skip those but there were still other side options. I had Coconut Callaloo and Jerk Halloumi and oh my goodness they were good!
We shared two starters, the Jerk Glazed Pit Ribs and the Garlic & Chilli Pit Prawns. Both were delicious and had that slightly spicy and fruity kick. I think our favourite was the prawn dish overall. Although I did really like the zesty pineapple and coconut on the ribs.
The décor really is something! I love how colourful the place is and their use of lighting. Their signature fairy lights hang in the windows and the place is illuminated perfectly with funky neon and modern lighting. I love the eclectic style influenced by old and new and I’m really digging the bright yellow seating!
‘Our jerk pit is the ultimate Caribbean BBQ. All our meats are marinated for 24 hours in our signature jerk mix and finished over open flames. Add one or more Side Plates.’
For our mains I had the Pork Belly (spicy jerk) which came with coconut rice ‘n’ peas and pineapple salad. Although my rice may have had kidney beans instead of peas. Ed had the Jerk Sirloin Steak. He asked for it rare and he was super impressed that it was served that way. So many restaurants get it wrong but Turtle Bay certainly didn’t.
Ed upgraded to sweet potatoes which he said were really tasty – sadly I was unable to try them given the gluten contamination. Sweet Potatoes are always a good choice right?
I would love to try one of their One Pots next time – Rich, slowly simmered & uniquely Caribbean. I kept seeing them coming out of the kitchen in huuuuge white pots. The options sound super varying too from curried goat to salmon to aubergine. Prices vary from £10-11.50 so they look very good value.
Our sides were certainly a highlight! I was absolutely obsessed with the Coconut Creamed Callaloo Spinach. Such a comfort food but with a chilli kick. The Halloumi was ace too, I mean I’d eat it plain but the coating really did add to the salty flavour.
‘Pick Any TWO FOR £5.4 or THREE FOR £8 or FOUR FOR £10 or FIVE FOR £12
DIRTY CURRY FRIES [V] 2.9
CHEESY JERK FRIES [V] 2.9
SWEET POTATO FRIES [VE] 2.9
SPICED FRIES [V] 2.9
COCONUT RICE‘N’PEAS [VE] 2.9
STEAMED RICE [VE] 2.9
GREEN HERBY RICE [VE] 2.9
LEMONY RICE [VE] 2.9
DUMPLINGS [V] 2.9
BARA ROTI [VE] 2.9
CRUMBED PLANTAIN [VE] 2.9
COCONUT CREAMED CALLALOO SPIINACH [VE] 2.9
CRUMBED HALLOUMI [V] 2.9
GRILLED JERK HALLOUMI [V] 2.9
CURRIED CHICKPEAS [VE] 2.9
CRISPY CHICKPEAS [VE] 2.9
CARIBBEAN HUMMUS [VE] 2.9
SMASHED AVOCADO [VE] 2.9
CHILLI PINEAPPLE SALAD [VE] 2.9
SUNSHINE QUINOA [VE] 2.9
SUPERGREEN SALAD [VE] 2.9
CARIBBEAN SLAW [VE] 2.9
[V] Vegetarian | [VE] Vegan’
As you can see the side option list is extensive! There’s something on their for everyone and I would definitely recommend an add on to add a bit more variety. We didn’t realise though that Eddie’s steak came with Callaloo so I had almost all the side to myself! Had I not been aware I had to find space for a dessert I’d have happily polished off the lot.
We sat near the front entrance for dinner but there are so many varied levels and settings. It feels like your in a different restaurant all together depending on where you are seated. I liked sitting here as I love the natural light and being aware of when the sun goes down. They have a lovely balcony area upstairs and I’m sure it’s needed at times as it gets mega busy! You should see the place on a Saturday night during happy hour!
I was too busy tucking into my dessert to get a snap. I only realised half way through eating it that I’d not photographed it first – oh well! We shared the salted caramel brownie as we were so stuffed by this point. It was really nice and I was impressed to see that it was gluten free and vegan – not a combination you always get. It came with light chocolate ice cream and I can say it’s one of the nicest ice creams I’ve had in a while. I couldn’t figure out that it was actually dairy free. Top work guys!
I hope you enjoyed reading my review of this place. It’s been so long since I had Caribbean food and they do it so authentically. I can’t wait to see how it develops around the City Hall (Turtle Bay is situated on Holly street). It looks like they have plans to open other retail or restaurant units next door.
A massive thank you to Beth & Ryan who made it an awesome evening!
Have you visited a Turtle Bay before? Eat Carribean food often? What are your fave dishes?
I was invited to Turtle Bay to review the new menu. Thoughts and opinions are my own.