30 June 2013

Turtle Bay Nottingham Review


I love going for food with friends. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, even an impromptu cup of tea and cake in the middle of day, I'm in my element where there's food involved! Back in April I shared with you all my thoughts on a recent visit to the very popular The Diner. I actually really enjoyed sharing the post with you and if it's alright with all of you, I think I might make sharing my thoughts on places of foody heaven a regular thing... well, as regular as my stomach and purse can handle! It's nice to change things up from beauty every once in a while and who doesn't like food? 


A few weeks back when I popped into Nottingham for my Origins Touch of Youth Facial and Bobbi Brown 10 Step Lesson, I met up with the lovely Tori from Tori's Tales for lunch. Well I say lunch, we soon ended up indulging in three scrumptious courses at Turtle Bay. Turtle Bay is a Caribbean resturant that creates mouth-watering authentic dishes in a resturant which looks and feels like you could have just stepped into it from a Caribbean beach. I absolutely adored the layout of the resturant, it had a true Caribbean feel to it and it is definitely somewhere I'd take friends for a tasty meal. Turtle Bay uses ingredients sourced from the Caribbean islands as well as here in the UK and the food is made to be rustic and full of flavour. 


So what did I have? To start I had the Jamaican Fried Bait (£2.25) which was basically fried squid and octopus deep fried in a crispy batter. It came served with a sweet chilli dip and a slice of fresh lemon, and has to be one of the best fried seafood dishes I have had in a long time. For main I opted for the Jerk Chicken Roti (£6) which was way taster than I expected. Hand-torn jerk chicken in a wrap with Caribbean coleslaw and fries, the perfect light lunch. The jerk chicken tasted amazing! To finish I had a dessert I wouldn't have ever figured was a favourite of those lucky enough to live in the Caribbean, the Rum & Raisin Bread Pudding (£4.85) which was actually so delicious that even writing about it is making me crave it. The perfect bread and butter pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (that I'm certain had a coconut twist to it too) was a scrumptious way to finish off our 'light' lunch. Cocktails were buy one get one free... So it was only natural that I ordered two! I opted for the classic Caribbean mojito (£6.65) and just like the food, this was absolutely delicious. Very strong, full of flavour but really refreshing too.

Overall I really enjoyed our visit to Turtle Bay and I will definitely be going again! You can find out more about Turtle Bay on the official Turtle Bay website and you can find Turtle Bay resturants in Nottingham, Southampton, Bristol and Milton Keynes. 


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  1. Ah I LOVE turtle bay, so hard to get a reservation though! The starter looks great, must try that when I next go :) x

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    1. I've not had any problems yet with getting in there! The starter was amazing! :) xo

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  2. I definitely need to check this place out, the main looks amazing! xo

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  3. This looks like my idea of heaven in a lunch! I think I might be visiting Nottingham soon! :)
    Carrie:Brighton xx

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    1. Perfect excuse to visit one of my favourite cities ey ;) :) xo

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    1. They were very strong but so, so tasty xo

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  5. Wow, that jerk roti looks right up my street!

    Sarah | Fortytherapy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's going to be hard not to have it next time I go too! It was so yummy, but I want to try other dishes too :) xo

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  6. I went recently and had the same main as you, yum! I had the spiced chocolate pot dessert and OMG I've been craving it so much since!

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    1. Delicious isn't it? That dessert sounds yum, I might have to try it :) xo

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  7. Oh god this looks amazing. Squid is one of my all time favourite foods, I really need to find a similar restaurant near by x

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    1. Mine too :) I always have it if it's on the menu xo

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  8. I love Turtle Bay! They have one in Southampton and we go everytime we go to see my boyfriend's sister.
    It's so good <3
    emmerliejay x

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    1. I'm so glad we have one in Nottingham, I'm surprised there aren't more around the Country xo

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  9. Me and James were on about trying Turtle Bay because he went for drinks there the other day and said the food looked delicious! Definitely going to try it out, providing they have good veggie options (going to check out the menu) xo

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    1. Can't wait for us to go there in a few weeks! :) xo

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  10. I looove Turtle Bay, Have been going there so much recently, there cocktails and jerk chicken are to die for. xx

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    1. So tasty, I'm so glad I went - It was my first time :) xo

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  11. ohmygosh, the food looks delicious!!! :D

    <3, Mimi

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    1. It tasted even better than it looks :) xo

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  12. I love this place for their cocktails and their amazing "happy hour", I've never had food there though, I feel I should try it at some point though!

    Sally x
    Rainydayfaces.com

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    1. You should, so yummy and really reasonably priced I think :) xo

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  13. I went to the Turtle Bay in Southampton recently with friends and loved it - the only thing that ruined it was our lazy bum waiter =/
    The food was delicious and the 2-4-1 cocktails went down a treat! Would definitely back up this recommendation! xoxo

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    1. Oh no! It's never nice if you don't have a good attentive waiter, ours was OK :) xo

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  14. Once you enter turtle bay, it tries to force its way down your throat and and wont leave. It feels false, like a white ginger Bob Marley. I ate there on friday night, and the best way i can describe it is Mcdonalds with a caribbean theme. It is cheap processed food marketed as authentic caribbean....but its not. Its poo. I had a creepy canadian waiter that resembled a stick insect, who constantly rubbed his hands together and licked his lips as though it turned him on to take my money, and my authentic caribbean food was being cooked by some portugese blokes using British recipes. The combination of all this, the gormless english staff, the shit weather, rip off prices, crap drinks, i really felt like i was in the heart of the caribbean. I ate some of the chicken, it was dry and tasteless, and lacked the sophistication or the herbs and spices or flavour of REAL caribbean food, but still cost me twenty quid, and i had to endure the canadian stick insect bloke interrupting my meal every 3 seconds to see if i would buy some more food or some more drink, or some sauces to take home or some merchandise or anything that wasnt nailed down that he could sell to me. He was relentless and his breath smelt of poo. And he was not very observant. As I spat some of my chicken out with disgust, the waiter began telling me how beautiful the curried goat was, and when i was slightly sick on my plate, he proceeded and told me that there was a special offer on drinks. I groaned in pain and pushed him away but he kept springing back like he was on a bungee cord and relentlessly attempted to sell me more of what i did not want. On the drinks menu they sell cans of coconut water for £3, usually retailing for mere pennies, so if you are looking to get ripped off then please visit. I havent ever written a review before but i felt compelled too because my experience was so shit and i waited an hour and a half for food that made me sick. This is apparently a chain of restaurants and they appear to be looking to open many more sites, so i say to you all, if you would like to have a shit fake Butlins style caribbean experience that makes you angry and physically sick and leaves you feeling personally violated, then you will love Turtle bay. Thanks.

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