Hello lovely readers! Wow, autumn has really crept up on us huh? I feel like it was only yesterday that we were at the beach every weekend paddle boarding and now I’m sat here writing this blog post in a big, cosy hoody! If you want to keep that summer spirit alive for just that little bit longer, the folks at Turtle Bay have you covered!
One of my favourite restaurants at Exeter’s Queen St. Dining, Turtle Bay serves the most delicious Caribbean food ever, sure to get you feeling those summer vibes all over again. Recently, Turtle Bay has launched a brand new menu that consists of old favourites with some delicious new editions. The new ‘sociable dining’ menu is all about ‘anything goes’, laid back Caribbean eating and drinking, and we were invited along to have a taste.
As usual, the atmosphere in Turtle Bay doesn’t disappoint. I love the Caribbean beats that continue to play in the background and the team are so friendly and welcoming, we were greeted with a nice big wave from the manager in the kitchen!
To start, I decided to go for one of my classic favourites, Crispy Okra. I’ve banged on about these before so I won’t go on about them too much here. They’re delicious panko coated okra topped with mango mole and jerk mayo. Click here to discover just how much I love these.
Next, I decided to go for Turtle Bay’s very first vegan burger, The Kernal Vegan. Sweetcorn patties are given a Caribbean twist with vibrant flavours and spices, roasted red peppers and sweet onion chutney. I loved this meat-alternative. The patties were lovely and crispy with a bit of bite, even meat-eaters would love this one as it is still a substantial burger. The bun was soft and fluffy and the chutney complimented the patties perfectly. In my opinion, this has so much more flavour than a meat burger.
It’s not just the Kernal Vegan that is new to Turtle Bay’s burger menu. The Hot Chick’in Burger (below left) is a panko crumbed chicken fillet served with fresh grilled pineapple, mature cheddar, gem lettuce, tomato and topped off with jerk mayo and hot sauce. The Street Burger (below right) is the Bay’s most traditional burger with a beef patty spiced up with jerk mayo; whilst the Shack Stack is an indulgent stack where beef burger meets jerk pork belly! Smoking Goat Burger is leaner than a beef burger and brings you the true flavour of the Caribbean. Hallo Halloumi and the Portobello Mushroom burgers provide veggies with even more choice. I will definitely be trying Hallo Halloumi on my next visit as halloumi is life!
No burger is complete without a side of fries and Turtle Bay’s special Spiced Fries do just the trick. I also ordered a side of the new Caribbean Hummus that was delicious. It has a slight Caribbean twist as it was flavoured with a delectable mix of spices, it almost tasted a little like curry – perfect for dipping your fries into. The portion size in incredible as well and could have easily been shared by four people.
Full to our bellies by this point, we just shared a chocolate and coconut ice cream for dessert, the perfect refreshing sweet after a Caribbean feast.
I never have a bad thing to say about the food at Turtle Bay when I visit. It always comes to the table piping hot, cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. The service is always quick and friendly and the atmosphere so chilled and relaxed.
In addition to what we tried, the new menu also boasts an array of new sharing plates, perfect for when you’re with a big group of friends. They come as two for £5.40, three for £8, four for £10 or five for £12. The likes of Grilled Jerk Halloumi, Curried Chick Peas, Chilli Pineapple Salad and the amazing new Coconut Callaloo make up a fabulous sharing selection. Callaloo is a Caribbean green leaf similar to spinach and, in this dish, is creamed with coconut milk. There’s also Sunshine Quinoa, Caribbean Hummus and more, plus, of course… cheesy jerk fries!
So, what are you waiting for? Get down to Turtle Bay and keep that summer spirit alive. After all, we’ll all be in coats and scarves soon!
Additional note: Complimentary meal given in exchange for an honest review and social media coverage. All opinions are my own.