From Okra and Plantain Chips to hearty dumplings, spicy curries and a light passion fruit meringue dessert… we were spoilt for choice as we tested out Turtle Bay's new menu featuring some old favourites and new dishes.
We ventured down to Turtle Bay Leeds, inside the The Light on The Headrow. And inspired by the social Caribbean tapas style dining - I was accompanied by my vlogging friends Sarah Louise Bryan and Amy Downes as well as my husband and Chef Chris Hale.
My favourite type of dining is sharing plates as I like to try a bit of everything. So for starters we went for a meat platter with duck rolls and a vegetarian platter because on our table we had a “try it all” chef and me, a Veggie.
These were indulgent and tasty with a range of dipping sauces on the table. It was happy hour which includes alcoholic cocktails and non-alcoholic - this suited the drivers and non-drivers amongst us.
Next up we went for the one-pot mains with sides to share. I had a delicious and spicy Vegan chickpea curry and rice. I couldn’t finish it all as I had eaten so many of the starters but it was hearty and delicious all the same.
The staff were super attentive and friendly, I’ve not received as good customer service for a very long time (a big thanks to Bar Manager Nat, Bar Man Dan and new waiter Ryan for looking after us!).
We finished off by sharing a passion-fruit cake and chocolate brownie, the passion fruit was Sarah’s “favourite dessert ever.” I opted for a coffee before we made our way back home.
If you want somewhere with a great vibe and somewhere to drink, eat and socialise with friends… this is the ideal place to spend the night.
Here’s the official low-down:
Smashing small plates and inspiring sides makes for social Caribbean tapas style dining – eat what you want when you want.
· New burger menu – goat, halloumi and vegan.
· New One Pots including two vegan options.
· Vegan, low carb, gluten-free, paleo, low-alcohol – all bases are covered.
Turtle Bay’s new sociable dining menu has just landed and it’s all about ‘anything goes’, laid back Caribbean eating and drinking.
This is a menu that will unite the food tribes – from strict vegans to the most carnivorous of meat lovers, from the adventurous food explorer to those who would like something small to enjoy with a cocktail, the new Turtle Bay collection will feed the whole crowd. The rule book has been thrown out of the window, and menu hacking is the order of the day.
There’s an abundance of small plates, sides and cutters made for endless possibilities - say hello to easy, breezy Caribbean eating and drinking. All of this is inspired by island life – it’s about grazing, socialising or grabbing a working lunch, a chance to escape from the grind and embrace Turtle Bay’s beach shack experience.
The new Lunch n Later collection embodies this spirit perfectly – made for laid back lunches, quick bites or an after dark compliment to cocktails. These Caribbean twists on classic lunch dishes include West Indian Wraps, Kingston Toastie and the gorgeous new Jerk Chicken Flat Bread. It also includes a brand new Burger section. Six, all-new burgers come served in a toasted bun and start at £6.20.
The Kernel Vegan is Turtle Bay’s first Vegan burger – sweetcorn patties are given a Caribbean twist with vibrant flavours and spices, roasted red peppers and sweet onion chutney.
The Hot Chick’in Burger 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 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!
Hallo Halloumi brings together a dreamy combo of grilled halloumi and succulent Portobello Mushroom - likely to be popular with veggies and meat eaters alike.
Smoking Goat Burger is the high street’s only goat burger. Goat’s sweet, delicate flavour makes for a tender and delicious burger – leaner than beef and bringing you a true flavour of the Caribbean.
All burgers come on their own leaving guests to choose from the abundant new side plates and cutters, and customise their own bun for a bespoke burger experience.
The new side plates are a real star of the show, with vibrant flavours and unique dishes – these are little plates of heavenly food that make for fun, individual meals.
They come as two for £5.40, three for £8, four for £10 or five for £12 and they’re so vibrant and diverse that they make for a great dining experience all of their own. 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 – gorgeous and vegan to boot. There’s also Sunshine Quinoa, Caribbean Hummus and more, plus, of course... cheesy jerk fries!
All this sits alongside Turtle Bay’s famous cutters selection where Caribbean social fans will find all their favourites – from Sweetcorn Fritters to Jerk Pit Wings. Perfect again for hacking with sides and burgers. Plus the Salad selection all come vegan with a ‘create your own’ element whereby diners can then customise with jerk chicken, halloumi, chilli squid and more.
The gorgeous One Pots menu now has four new slow cooked, simmering Caribbean curry dishes to choose from – two of which are vegan! Curry Prawn is the mother of all seafood curries with whole shell-on king prawns slowly simmered with mango, sweet potatoes, tomato, garlic, ginger and Caribbean spices. Curry Salmon is a lighter, coconut curry with a kick and like the Curry Prawn is served with steamed rice and roti flatbread.
The Chickpea and Callaloo Curry is a vibrant vegan sensation – curried chickpeas and coconut callaloo make a really exciting new option for meat and dairy free diners. Meanwhile the Aubergine Curry is another light and fragrant vegan option.
The jerk pit BBQ is as fired up as ever with signature Jerk Chicken served alongside a host of other meat treats like Baby Back Ribs and Belly Pork.
The new drinks menu sees Turtle Bay’s biggest update yet and even more opportunities for everyone to get involved.
Their new Beach Shooters are a collection that allow guests to sample the signature beach shack rum cocktail vibes as a taster – perfect for those wanting that little cocktail addition to their experience without going the whole nine yards.
Plus there’s a new way to drink rum as Turtle Bay introduce Rum n Tonic. This new range features six specially selected, high quality rums perfectly paired with a collection of premium tonics by Double Dutch.
There’s a whole new Alcohol Free section too – and great news for drivers, abstainers and pregnant women alike, these are 241 during Happy Hour as well.
So, unite your foodies, grab family, friends, colleagues and lovers and make sure you’re amongst the first to experience the hottest new menu around.
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