So, by now some of you may have noticed the newest restaurant and bar which has popped up in Sheffield City Centre. Turtle Bay has been fully booked almost every night since it opened on 3rd June.
It’s in a prime location on Holly Street, just opposite the City Hall, perfect for Friday night cocktails or an impromtu meal.
Last month myself and Josh were lucky enough to attend the Turtle Bay Sheffield branch launch event, which was a super fun party featuring live music, cocktails and a chance to sample a few bits off the menu. Since then I’ve been invited back to sample a proper meal with my Mum, so today I’m going to share with you what I thought of the Caribbean cuisine we tried.
I just want to quickly start off by saying that the staff in the Sheffield branch were super friendly, nothing was too much trouble and it really was service with a smile. They were also super happy to offer advice on the menu, so fear not if you don’t cope well with spicy food!
What’s on the menu at Turtle Bay?
Firstly, let’s talk drinks. Turtle Bay is primarily a rum bar- I didn’t know so many rum’s existed! However I decided to be a good daughter and drive so that Mum could try out a cheeky cocktail. She went for the Marley Mojito (the pink one)which also happed to be on 2 for 1. Whilst I opted for a Passion Fruit Cooler, which was delicious and totally made up for the lack of alcohol in it.
The menu really does has something for everyone, whether you be vegetarian, vegan or a lover of meat, glazed in jerk sauce. Neither of us struggled to pick any of our 3 courses, because everything sounded so tasty.
In the end for starters we chose Trini Doubles and Crispy Chilli Squid. Trini Doubles, which are vegan, are roti flatbreads served with curried chickpeas. I can confirm they were delicious, and I could quite easily have scoffed them 4 times over. They were a great introduction to the level of heat in the sauces, not too much but with enough flavour to pack a punch. Mum assures me that the squid was gorgeous and she would 100% order it again.
Now onto mains, and this is where I really struggled to decided because I was torn between the Jerk Chicken Breast or the Jerk Pit Salmon. In the end I went for the chicken, and luckily Mum chose the salmon so I got to try out both. The chicken breast was succulent and the jerk sauce was just the right amount of heat for me, the was also plenty of rice so a very sizeable portion. There are 2 types of jerk sauce to choose from so you don’t get overwhelmed or you can go for more spice. I went for the creamy (milder) option and really enjoyed it.
I also sneaked a couple of bites of the salmon- I think if I went again and wanted to try something other than the chicken I’d choose this. The 4 grain salad looked the picture of health and the salmon melted in your mouth.
Now, the big one, the one you’ve all been waiting for. The pudding. Well we both chose the same for our final course, it was an easy decision. It just had to be the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Oh my god. This was divine, just the right amount of sweet alongside a dollop of salted caramel ice cream. I would go back just to devour this dessert all over again. It’s safe to say we cleared our plates pretty quickly.
So there you have it, a little overview of Sheffield’s newest, spiciest menu. I bloody loved it. What I really like most about Turtle Bay though, is the relaxed and fun vibe. I would love to go here before a night out because the music is great, it’s vibrant and exciting and the cocktails are not too shabby (I tried them at the launch).
So let me know in the comments below if you have visited the Sheffield branch and what you tried. Or if you’re planning a trip, what takes your fancy from the menu? I’d recommend booking ahead for an evening meal, at least for the next few weeks as it’s proving so popular. Also remember to sign up for the Turtle Bay App to earn “loyalty turtles”when you spend £7, to redeem against food and drink.
*Turtle Bay invited us for a complimentary meal and drinks for review but all thoughts and opinions are my own*