With 2 for 1 cocktails, exotic food and a festive ambience, you’ll be in for a treat this Christmas with Turtle Bay!
So aside from shopping the black Friday sales and buying Christmas presents, another thing on the list is – where do you go for a Christmas meal? Whether it’s a staff night out, a girly catch up or family tradition, picking the right restaurant is important. So the lovely team at Turtle Bay Middlesbrough recently invited me to try out their new Festive 4 courses menu. Yepp you read that right, 4 courses! This all day (11.30am-11pm) course menu is £24! Which to me, it’s a perfect Christmas treat without breaking the bank.
On arrival we picked two Strawberry mojitos, of course you have to try the Caribbean rum! The best part is, all their cocktails are 2 for 1 which is a bonus for a pre-night out meal.
On arrival you get to pick from the choice of Trini Chickpeas, Spicy Pork Rinds or Garlic N’ Herb flatbread. I went for the stone baked flatbread – who doesn’t love garlic bread for a starter?
If you want to hear my first experiences of Turtle Bay, click here.
For my official starter I went for the Sweetcorn Fritters. I tried these the first time I visited the Caribbean restaurant and I loved them. It’s just one of them dishes I’d never tried before, if you love sweetcorn – you have to try these!
The whole festive menu has a great variety on offer and for the main I had the Half Jerk Chicken. This 24 hour jerk marinated and pit grilled chicken came with fries, Caribbean slaw and a coconut glaze. Even though this is an exotic restaurant, if you’re not comfortable with spices (like me) it’s good they do a milder version and this was delicious. You get such a generous serving of fries and the chicken was cooked perfectly.
I have to note too, when I asked for mayonnaise I was not expecting it in the shape of a turtle – a very cute touch!
By this point I was incredible full, I could have quite happily of just had the three courses but who skips dessert? My friend decided to try the Caymanas Upside Down Rum Cake and I went for the Banana and Toffee Cheesecake. I’ve tried the rum cake before and it’s so delicious, you can just see how the sponge is soaked in the rum but my cheesecake was just perfection. The toffee sauce was one of the nicest I’d ever tried!
Now you could be thinking, I wouldn’t think of Turtle Bay as a choice for a traditional Christmas meal but why not spice it up a bit? I’m so pleased that my hometown has a lot of culture and variety on offer for food and I can see this place being the central hub for all your Christmas party meals. Like I say with the cocktail deal, you could easily book your staff night out here or a place to catch up with friends over the festive season. The bonus is, the restaurant is in walking distance of a lot of local pubs and nightclubs!
If 4 courses seems too much and to be perfectly honest I couldn’t manage it, you can always go for their Festive 3 course Lunch (11.30am-5pm) for just £15. Or if you want something to nibble on with alcoholic drinks, they do a great range of Festive Platters for just £9! Thank you again for a lovely evening Turtle Bay! I’ll certainly be popping back soon…
Have you tried Turtle Bay?