#MartyEats: Turtle Bay New Menu Review*

Turtle Bay Norwich has launched a new menu, following feedback from the customers. I personally didn't have any problems with the previous one, but I'm always happy to try new food! Maya very kindly invited me to come in and review it, so the meal was free of charge - the first time this has happened to me, a bit mind blowing really. We had fantastic service from the head waitress, whom I believe was called Evelyn, and Tom also checked on us a few times. But then again, the staff is very attentive to all their customers, so it was a no-brainer.

If you've never been to Turtle Bay (I haven't even heard of it until it opened here in Norwich last August), it's a restaurant full of Caribbean inspired dishes and drinks. Turtle Bay’s famous Jerk Chicken, Curried Goat, and other favourites are all staying on the menu, but 15 new dishes and 7 new drinks have been added the menu now has more veggie/vegan options than before. As my friend Lillie and I had plans to go out for cocktails that evening anyway, we decided to kick off our night with those exactly. We tried the Rum Negroni and Roots Culture. The negroni was very strong - not a surprise, since it contains Old J-rum, Campari, red vermouth, served over ice. Lillie and I were both fans of Roots Culture, however. Supposedly it was on the menu before, but I don't remember seeing it. It contains Uncle Wray overproof rum, strawberry liqueur, raspberries, lime, and lemonade. We had way too many of those. Both cocktails are priced at £7.15, or they're 2-4-1 during Happy Hour!

(Rum Negroni - left, Roots Culture - right)
For a starter, we decided to go with the Just Jerk Sharing Platter, which, by the way, is really filling. At only £13.95 it's definitely worth it. It comes with marinated chicken wings, glazed pork ribs (which I think we didn't actually get...), jerk beef riblets, Jamaican beef patty, sweetcorn fritters, spiced popcorn and super green salad. The beef patty and fritters were out favourite, but the salad was a little disappointing. It was dry, that's all. Could've done with some dressing. Turtle Bay also offer a Vital Veggie Plater. This has sweet corn fritters, crispy okra, jerk pit grilled mushroom & peppers with coconut glaze, pepper roti, bara flatbread spiced curried chickpeas & cucumber chutney, herb mayo & super green salad.

A new burger menu has been added. And if you know me, you know I'd be all over that. This features a Jammin’ Lamb Burger (which I decided to go for) alongside four others including the brand new Two Way Chicken Burger, a new Mushroom and Goats Cheese Burger, as well as the favourite Jerk ‘n’ Pulled Pork Bun. I'm a massive burger fan so I'll definitely be going back to try the rest. The lamb burger was great, pit grilled and came with Caribbean slaw and spiced fries. You also have the option of going for the salad, which well... I didn't go for haha. The burger is priced at £10.95 and it's definitely worth the price considering it already comes with the sides. The only downside was that the bun fell apart, but that's not the end of the world.

Lillie decided to try the Slow Braised Beef Rib, another brand-new dish featuring ‘Jacobs Ladder” short rib of beef. You can choose your own choice of glaze; classic (spicy), pineapple (fruity), and coconut (creamy) which is the one Lillie went for. It comes marinated in sweet onion chutney, served with sweet potato fries, and watermelon, lime, and coriander chow salad. She said she really liked it, and she devoured it like a champ. 

Lastly, the dessert. My favourite part of every meal. Despite being extremely full from our starter and the mains, we knew we had to try the sweet stuff. I went with the Passion Pie - a passionfruit meringue pastry served with passionfruit sauce. Yum. Sickly, but oh my god how yummy. Will definitely have again. Lillie is a big cheesecake fan, so her choice was the Banana and Toffee Cheesecake, which was also amazing. The desserts are priced at £4.95, which is reasonable considering I couldn't even finish my portion.

As I've already said, the food and the service were fantastic, so I'll definitely be heading back soon. I really want to try the Two-Way Chicken Burger and Bajan Beef Cheeks One Pot. I really recommend the Norwich branch, as I've not been in a friendlier restaurant for quite a while now.

Have you ever been to Turtle Bay? What dish do you recommend?

Love, Marty x

*Turtle Bay invited me for a review and the meal came free of charge