A few weeks ago now I was kindly invited by the lovely team over at Turtle Bay to come and check out their new Leeds restaurant, and I thought I would tell you all about it.
Turtle Bay, is a Caribbean restaurant specialising in authentic Jerk dishes and high quality Rum cocktails.
I of course went with Jamie, and once we arrived, we were both greeted by Adam and Bronwyn, two of Turtle Bay’s lovely staff. Once we said our hellos, Adam offered us a drink. There were four to choose from including a Long Island Iced Tea , but I decided to go for their Tobago Tea which contains all the usual Alcohol in a normal Iced Tea, but instead of Cola, it has Lemonade and Mango Juice. It was absolutely gorgeous, but deadly as it just tasted of juice and you couldn’t taste the Alcohol. If you’re not careful, a few of these and before you know it you’ll be drunk as a skunk.
We wondered around for a little while and looked at all the cool metal detailing which was all over the place, add that to all the Caribbean figures, and it gave the restaurant a hidden island retreat kind of a feel.
After a while, one of the staff members gathered everyone around and started the Jerk Masterclass. I sat this out as I got a little disoriented, but from what I could hear it was very interesting.
After the masterclass had ended, we all moved on to trying the exquisite food.
First we started with their sweet yet addictive Reggae Rum Punch, which like the Iced Tea just tasted like juice.
After a couple of minutes Colin, our host for the evening, started telling us all about their amazing Curried Goat, including where the Goat comes from, how the Goat is cooked, and what spices go in the dish. Then we got to taste the Curried Goat, along with a little of Turtle Bay’s Rice and Peas.
I had never tried Curried Goat, and it was gorgeous. I was expecting it to be very tough, but it was so soft and succulent.
After we had finished all the delicious Curried Goat, Colin started telling us all about Scotch Bonnet Chillis and why they’re called Scotch Bonnets. He then started telling us all about Plantains, and how they’re not Bananas, and what they taste like.
We then of course got to taste some. It wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s quite savoury but with a sweet kick. The way it was cooked, it reminded me of a kind of Banana Fritter. It was gorgeous, but I think its more of a dessert than a side dish.
We then tried Turtle Bay’s Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie. I think it’s supposed to cool you down and refresh your palette after the heat from the Curried Goat. I loved it. I’m not a lover of Peanuts, but I loved this because I couldn’t really taste them. It just tasted of Bananas.
After having our smoothies, everyone went to watch how Turtle Bay cook their food. I was still a little disoriented so I stayed at the table.
While everyone was gone, Adam brought around more cocktails. This time it was called a Bahama Mama, and as well as containing a whole host of Alcohol, it also contained Banana Liquor which gave it a very overwhelming Banana taste.
Once everyone had returned, Colin started telling us all about Turtle Bay’s Jerk Chicken including how they cook it, and what spices are used. Then we of course got to try some along with some of Turtle Bay’s Sweet Potato Fries and Slaw.
The Jerk Chicken was incredibly succulent and moist. It had a slight kick to it, but not enough to blow your mouth out.
I had never had Sweet Potato Fries before, and now I’m hooked. They tasted like your average Fries, but they had a sweet morish taste. They were cooked to perfection. Crispy on the outside, and fluffy in the middle.
I’m a massive fan of Coleslaw, but I was a little apprehensive as it had Chillis in it, but I absolutely loved it.
After a little while of us eating and chatting, Colin said that in order to get our dessert, we had to pass a little quiz.We all passsed, and the Rum Cake arrived.
It was so fluffy and light, but it contained so much Rum I was concerned Turtle Bay was trying to get us drunk, haha!
The evening started to draw to a close, so we decided to say our goodbyes and head off
I had an amazing time at Turtle Bay, and if you’re looking for delicious Carribean food at a reasonable price, then I highly recommend you check them out.
Have you been to Turtle Bay? What did you think? What was your favourite dish? Please let me know below.
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