Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Turtle Bay Newcastle Review

Last year Turtle Bay opened in Newcastle, in the old Co-op building outside the Gate complex and I have been meaning to visit for ages, I have heard so many great things about the food and cocktails. Last Thursday I eventually got around to visiting and we were greeted by the super friendly manager Steve and shown to a table which instantly made us feel welcome. Turtle Bay has a lovely relaxed atmosphere with reggae music in the background and a Jamaican look about it, groups of friends, couples and families were relaxing enjoying drinks or meals together. 

Turtle Bay Newcastle Review


We were served by the lovely Chloe who was really friendly and very knowledgeable about the food and drinks on the menu. She explained that it was buy one get one free on all cocktails, which are available between 11.30am and 7 pm and then again after 10 pm. As we had never visited before Chloe was on hand with cocktail and food recommendations which as a first-time visitor was really handy, especially as a lot of the dishes have scotch bonnet chilli in them. 

Turtle Bay Newcastle two for one cocktails

Whilst sipping on refreshing rum cocktails we waited for our food which arrived in no time at all. As I am not a fan of very spicy food I played it safe with my starter and ordered the Duck rolls which were delicious. The duck was tender and it came with a sour orange chutney and while it had a slight kick to it was not at all spicy.

Turtle Bay Newcastle Duck Roll Starter

The other half went for Garlic & Chilli pit prawns which looked and smelt incredible, they were in a chilli garlic butter sauce with flatbread to mop the sauce up. They were very messy to eat as the prawns came with the shells on, so a finger cleaning bowl was provided.

Turtle Bay chilli and garlic pit prawns starter

As I have never eaten Caribbean food before I decided to go for Jerk chicken with rice and peas, although I was tempted by the goat curry. I was so glad I went for the Jerk chicken as it was delicious and I would definitely order it again, the pit grilled chicken was tender and juicy and packed full of flavour. It came with a side of coconut rice and peas, Caribbean slaw and sour orange chutney. All the flavours worked so well together with just the right amount of spice to give it a kick without being overpowering.

Turtle Bay Jerk chicken with rice and peas

The other half ordered the Slow Braised Beef rib which looked mouthwateringly delicious. Served with sweet potato fries and a side of cooling watermelon the jerk spiced beef had been slow cooked and just fell off the bone.

Turtle Bay beef main

There was a range of jerk and hot sauce condiments on the table if you fancied an extra kick to your meal. You are also provided with a jug of water before your meals arrive too, although I found the cocktails to be so refreshing and perfect for sipping between mouthfuls of food. I highly recommend the Jumbled Julep and Passion Rum punch as they were so fruity and refreshing. 

Turtle Bay cocktail

We were getting so full after mains but when we heard what desserts were available we just had to order (for research purposes obviously). The banana and toffee cheesecake was my pudding of choice and it did not disappoint, the crispy biscuit base was so moreish and the triple banana and toffee creamy topping was utterly delicious.

Turtle Bay Banana Toffee cheesecake

The other half went for the Passion pie which was like a lemon meringue pie but with passionfruit instead of lemon. It was packed with zesty passionfruit flavour and delicious pastry and crisp meringue topping. It was a pudding he demolished and has not stopped talking about, safe to say it was a hit!

Turtle Bay  Passion Pie

Overall we were really impressed with our meal and could not fault anything at all, the restaurant was clean and tidy and had a lovely atmosphere to it. The service was spot on and every single member of staff we met was so friendly and welcoming. The food was utterly delicious and the two for one cocktails were a big hit too, we will certainly be returning in the near future. We enjoyed our visit so much that we have been telling friends and family that they should visit too, if you're looking for somewhere to dine in Newcastle with a group of friends, family or for date night then I recommend Turtle Bay. 

You can find out more about Turtle Bay, view the menus or see if there is a branch near you at www.turtlebay.co.uk

Disclosure I received complimentary food and drinks for the purpose of this review. 



37 comments:

  1. I love the cheesecake. It's what I have every time we go.

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    1. I loved it too, it was the nicest cheesecake I have ever had xx

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  2. We loved Turtle Bay when we went a few months ago! i had the jerk chicken too. the flavours are just so different and you can't go wrong with a cocktail!

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    1. The chicken is delicious, I would order it again when we go back xx

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  3. The passion fruit dessert and the ribs look absolutely amazing! I think we have a Turtle Bay near us which I really need to visit after seeing what there is to offer.

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    1. You really should visit, I enjoyed it so much that we will be returning soon xx

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  4. It all looks delicious. We're taking the kids tonight and can't wait x

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  5. We have one of these restaurants in Birmingham, and I don't really know why I've never been! The photos you've taken are great though and I think I'll give it a try :-D

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    1. I was exactly the same, I have always wanted to visit the Newcastle one as I kept hearing how great it was. I really enjoyed it and will be going back as it was amazing xx

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  6. The food looks delicious, especially the passion fruit pudding. There is a Turtle Bay near us in Derby so will have to try it x

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    1. It really is delicious, I could not fault anything. You really should visit xx

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  7. Oh my goodness the beef rib and prawn look amazing seriously hungry now this looks like a fab place to eat out!

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    1. It is so good, the food and cocktails were delicious xx

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  8. I haven't heard of Turtle Bay but the food looks amazing! Will have to check it out.

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  9. Oh I LOVE Turtle Bay!! We have one near us and the food is fab! The cocktails are amazing too, we've had some fab nights there!

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    1. The cocktails are such good value aren't they? I will be visiting on my next night out xx

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  10. You had me at two for one cocktails! The food looks amazing too, will have to check it out if we are ever nearby

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    1. The cocktails were fab, I highly recommend them xx

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  11. Wow this food looks so tasty. So hungry suddenly. Think it's time for my breakfast lol 😂

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    1. The food is very tasty, I am getting hungry looking at these photos and remember how yummy it all was xx

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  12. The food here looks delicious. I would love to try the duck rolls and the prawns, yum!

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    1. It really is, really generous portion sizes too xx

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  13. Ah my goodness, I LOVE TURTLE BAY! You can't go wrong with 2 for 1 cocktails. We spent a small fortune when we last went but it was oh-so-worth it.

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    1. You really can't go wrong with 2 for 1 cocktails, it is great for trying different ones out. xx

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  14. What an amazing looking meal! I love the sound of Passion Pie (lemon meringue is my favourite!). I'll look and see if there is one local to me :)

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    1. My partner said the passion pie was very tasty xx

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  15. I'm hungry just reading this! Can't wait till my braces are off so I can go to a restaurant like this and not worry about the colour of the food, I want everything you've had here!

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    1. I highly recommend you visit when you get them off, the food and cocktails are fab xx

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  16. We have a turtle bay opened near us and still haven't been. Must change that soon

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    1. Oh you really should visit, it is a nice change xx

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  17. AHH Im so hungry now!! I love turtle bay ive been to the bath and birmingham ones but not for a while. great cocktails.

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    1. The cocktails really are great, I want to revisit to try some more of them out xx

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  18. I've never visited Turtle Bay before and to be honest the main meals don't sound like my cup of tea but those desserts... Particularly the Passion Pie your other half had sounds delicious!
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  19. I would def have duck rolls too! One of my fave for sure

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  20. Wow it sounds amazing. I love Caribbean food! Jerk chicken is my favourite and I love anything with coconut! Everything looks so tasty here. It really helps when the staff are so lovely too. x

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