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TURTLE BAY REVIEW

A few weeks ago I was invited down to Turtle Bay in Norwich to try their new summer menu and initially I was skeptical about going due to being a total fussy eater and food phobe. I am one of those people who knows what they like and rarely stray from the status quo, however I saw this as a great opportunity to give carribean food a go, and I was not disappointed. I decided to take one of my best friends, Sarah, because she is the total opposite to me and is much more open to new foods than me, and I am so glad I did, because she got me trying stuff on the menu I wouldn't have looked twice at...

*Sarah was loving the cocktails*


THE SERVICE

When we arrived we were greeted so politely, our waitress, Evelyn, was absolutely amazing, we later found out that she is the head waitress and it made sense. She was so attentive and engaging with us throughout the whole night and we got on with her like a house on fire. She gave us lots of recommendations and really knew what she was talking about on each thing I asked about on the menu, which I think is a really good attribute to have in a restaurant. We were also met by the manager, Tom, who was so hospitable and again had plenty of recommendations for a first timer, which really put me at ease because I am a fussy eater.

THE FOOD

Sarah had been before and her family have caribbean roots so I couldn't think of a better person to take with me to introduce me to the food. She recommended something called Plantain which is basically cooked banana it was so delicious and I would recommend anyone wanting to try some authentic caribbean food, to try Plantain.

*Plantain is a traditional caribbean dish, better known as cooked bananas* 
For starters I had the duck rolls, which is slow roasted shredded duck with sweet onion, soy sauce & chilli, stuffed in toasted rolled flatbread, served with sour orange chutney. These were absolutely amazing, a great portion size for a starter and so full of flavour.

For main I had the two way chicken burger which is a spicy panko crumbed chicken fillet, topped with pull jerk chicken, crisp gem lettuce, fresh pineapple chow & herb mayo in sweet bun. I felt a bit weak going for a burger where there are so many amazing new foods to try, but even as a fussy eater this burger was incredible, bursting with different, but complementary flavours.
*Duck Rolls*


*two way panko chicken burger & cheesy jerk fries*




For the sides, I had cheesy jerk fries, which were basically sweet potato fries topped with cheese and jerk sauce, so yummy. We shared some Plantain which was my absolute favourite taste of the night, I love discovering new foods and tastes, honestly was delicious. We also shared a side of Trini Watermelon Chow Salad which was such a refreshing addition to the main.

For dessert I had the dark chocolate brownie which instantly attracted me when our waitress told us that it was gluten free AND vegan, so I had to give it a go. It was one of the tastiest brownies I have ever eaten, for some reason I was expecting it to be quite dry which I have found with other gluten free brownies, but this did not disappoint.

*Trini Watermelon Chow Salad*
*Dark chocolate brownie*

The menu is hugely diverse and has a great selection for vegan. vegetarian and gluten free customers, which I think is great because it can be very frustrating when eating out to find somewhere that offers you a great selection of foods with specialist dietary requirements.

THE DRINKS

If you know me, you know I can't resist a cocktail or 10. When I go out I am forever searching for a new cocktail to try and I have had my fair share of different cocktails in this city! Turtle Bay just took cocktails to a new level, I hadn't tried 99% of the cocktails on their menu of 25! I am literally just going to list off everything I drank...

Bay Bramble - White Rum with blackberry liqueur, fresh lemon & club soda.

Passion Rum Punch - Dark Rum, Passoa, fresh passion fruit, orange juice, lemon & bitters.

Reggae Rum Punch - Uncle Wray overproof rum, bitters, strawberry liqueur, pomegranate, fresh lime, orange & pineapple. 





*Rum Sharing Board*


We also got to try the Rum Sharing Boards, and as inexperienced rum drinkers we let the restaurant manager, Tom, help us decide on 4 different  kinds, by this point I was pretty drunk, considering I had 2 each of the 3 cocktails I listed, but I do remember we had a really amazing rum called Koko Kanu Coconut Rum, teamed with a can of Ting, which is essentially Lilt. 

OVERALL...

Overall, Turtle Bay just became one of my favourite restaurants in Norwich, I was so glad they invited me down because as a fussy eater, it's somewhere I would have usually avoided due to fear of not liking anything. I couldn't have been more wrong, there are so many amazing and diverse dishes on the menu that you could go 10 times and taste brand new flavours every single time. The staff are incredibly friendly and I really can't thank them enough for being so helpful and so accommodating to us. The cocktails are incredible and I can't wait to take all my friends down for their 2-4-1 deal. Their happy hour runs all day until 7pm and then starts again at 9:30pm, on all 25 of their delicious cocktails.
I would really recommend Turtle Bay to anyone who is looking for something a little different and an upbeat atmosphere.




*Our meal and drinks were free of charge as an incentive to review Turtle Bay's new summer menu.

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