Summer at Turtle Bay
Oh boy, have I got some delish food to share with you today. Prepare yourself for some serious food envy (sorry). I was kindly invited along to Turtle Bay in Chelmsford to try out their new summer menu last week and it did not disappoint! I first visited Turtle Bay for their launch last year where I basically sampled ALL of the cocktails and danced late in to the night to their wonderful reggae band. This time we popped along for lunch on a gorgeously sweltering Saturday. The sun was shining and we were in the mood for some good food and some fruity cocktails.
I just want to start off by pointing out that I’m not the best with spice. I like a little bit, but not too much – I like to still be able to feel my lips, y’know? So I was a bit nervous to see if my tastebuds would still be in one piece after our visit…but thankfully they were! Turtle Bay has a mixture of dishes with some being milder than others, and cleverly, you can choose the glaze on your meat from creamy coconut, to fresh pineapple and spicy classic jerk. This gives you some control over the spice factor.
We kick-started our lunch with 2 for 1 cocktails (which means they work out at about £3.50 each which is pretty cheap!) Raspberry Reggae was first on our list to try and it was the perfect summer cocktail – fruity, fresh and zesty. I’m not kidding when I say I could’ve had another three of these. I often find some cocktails are too sweet and syrupy but this was just right and hit the spot. Our starter arrived – the Just Jerk Platter. Oh my. Look at the size of it. I’m gluten free but I managed to find plenty of options and our waitress was so helpful. The marinated jerk wings and glazed ribs were my favourite, and my boyfriend loved the Jamaican jerk patty and sweetcorn fritters.
For mains, I went for the avocado, butternut squash and mango beach salad -the perfect summer choice! I love light lunches when it’s hot. I asked for the grilled jerk chicken topping which was cooked to perfection and it wasn’t spicy at all. It had a lovely flavour which went so well with the mango in the salad and it was a good helping too. Nathan got straight in there and went for the street shack burger (which he demolished in minutes – how do boys eat so quick?) The burger looked AH-mazing. Like packed to the brim with pulled jerk pork, beef burger, pork rind and sweet red onion chutney. Their jerk pit BBQ and one pots also sounded incredible if you’re looking for more of a main meal.
To finish, we shared the spiced rum and chocolate pot with coconut ice-cream. I’ll be honest, it blew my head off a little! But the flavour was insanely good and it was so gooey and chocolatey – my favourite type of pudding. The coconut ice-cream was lovely and refreshing, and went perfectly with the spice. We also finished off with a couple of Caribbean Pimms (also pictured at the top of this post). I tried these at the launch last year and remembered just how delicious they were! It’s like a normal Pimms but with some ginger and lime for a Caribbean zing.
I would seriously recommend Turtle Bay if you’re looking for freshly made cocktails and delicious Caribbean food! I’ve made myself so hungry writing this post. And editing the photos. Literally drooling over here. The decor is also amazing and has such a fun Caribbean/reggae vibe to it – there’s really nowhere like it round here! Have you been to Turtle Bay before?
*This post is in collaboration with Turtle Bay but as usual, all opinions and ramblings are my own!