Last Friday I was lucky enough to be invited down to Turtle Bay, a popular hotspot in Newcastle City Centre!
Turtle Bay’s mission is to capture the spirit of celebration that the Caribbean is famed for around the world – making customers happy by delivering a hedonistic combination of creative food, traditional drinks and that typical Caribbean fun, laid back atmosphere.
This was my first visit to Turtle Bay, it opened back in February last year and it’s a place I’ve been dying to go and try. I’ll be honest I’ve put it off due to being worried I might not ‘get’ the food or like the spice. Now I’m like… ‘you’ve been missing out Alice!’
With it being a Friday evening, the place was heaving, even at 6! The atmosphere gave off that real Friday Feeling buzz. We were greeted with a huge smile from the manager, a warm welcome, introduction and then shown to our table. Some people can be put off busy-ness, but I see it as a representation of reputation.
A lovely waitress came over to our table, explained she’d be looking after us for the evening and about the menu. I wish I could remember her name because honestly, she was so polite and a credit to the Newcastle team. I browsed the menu and sat back, relaxing taking in my surroundings. The decor of the place is fantastic, so interesting and cultured. It’s quite dark, it’s the mahogany wood sides that make it really rustic, complimented by the dim lights.
For drinks, I decided to try from the Caribbean Softs selection, basically Caribbean speciality soft drinks and went for the Elderflower Cooler. It was so refreshing, it’s made up of elderflower, cucumber ribbons, fresh mint, lime juice topped with soda. I was driving, that’s why I didn’t go a cocktail, totally gutted since they have an amazing cocktail menu too. I now know why the bar was so busy, they do 2-4-1! The other half went for a Red Stripe lucky him.
Food wise, my boyfriend is the world’s pickiest eater. I was a little apprehensive about what he’d get but there was so much selection. For starter, he went for the Jerk Glazed Pit Ribs basically grilled baby back pork ribs, served with a fresh watermelon, lime & green herb chow and for my starter, I went for the Garlic and Herb Flatbread, basically, a stone baked flatbread, topped with fresh rocket, crushed chilli and garlic. We were both very impressed by the starters, the ribs were so juicy and the classic glaze was so succulent.
For mains, I went for the Supervitial Green Salad made up of kale, avocado, wild rocket, chickpeas, sugar snap peas, baby spinach, red onion, pomegranate & toasted coconut with a citrus lime dressing topped with garlic and chilli prawns. That sounds a whole lot of green but there was just the right amount and it went so well together, my favourite part of the dish was the prawns! They were so fresh and cooked to perfection, very juicy. In fact, the whole salad was fresh and refreshing. My boyfriend went for the Jerk and Pull Pork Bun… burger! It was slow roasted pull jerk pork in a sweet bun, sweet onion chutney and herb mayo. He loved the burger and emphasised that it wasn’t too spicy or overpowering, the meat was cooked to perfection, melting in the mouth and was ’10/10′ in his words.
We managed to squeeze in dessert too, which brings me to the point that the food isn’t heavy or overly filling. You know sometimes you go to a restaurant and there’s just TOO much food? Here, there isn’t, the right amount I would say.
We went for the Dark Chocolate Brownie, which was super rich and melt in the mouth. I’m a sucker for a brownie, what can I say? And the Banana and Toffee Cheesecake, it had a triple layer of cheesecake with a crispy biscuit base, creamy soft cheese, banana & toffee, one word, delicious.
We had a great time at Turtle Bay and we’ll most definitely be back. There are so many things on the menu we would love to try so whenever we get another date night, we’ll be heading there. Price wise, like I mentioned above, they have great deals on cocktails and drinks. Food isn’t badly priced at all, value for money and standard Newcastle prices. Huge thank you to the Newcastle team at Turtle Bay! If you’re heading to Newcastle, it’s a must visit.