A Caribbean Christmas: Turtle Bay launches new Festive Menu

The meat platter is one of the options on the new festive menu

Tomorrow Turtle Bay launches its brand new Festive Menu and we were lucky enough to have a sneak peek (and taste) of what’s on offer. Let’s face it, it can get tiresome eating the same foods over the festive period; much as we love a classic Sunday dinner, you can have too much of a good thing. This is where Turtle Bay’s new menu comes in, bringing the joy and fun of Christmas get togethers with loved ones but giving it a Caribbean twist!

Featuring dishes inspired by the island life and Caribbean sunshine, the new menu aims to transform grey winter get togethers into fabulous, sunshine-inspired festive parties that you won’t forget in a hurry.

With their colourful, cosy interiors and the sweet sounds of reggae and dancehall music playing in the background, it is easy to forget the cold grey skies outside when you step into any of Turtle Bay’s restaurants, where a relaxed atmosphere and good vibes are always the order of the day.

Christmas is all about sharing and spending time with friends and family and the new Festive Menu caters perfectly for this, designed with group meals and Christmas parties in mind. In particular, the new platters on offer are a great (and very affordable) option for groups wanting to try lots of different things.

Whilst traditional Christmas meals don’t tend to be catered so much towards non-meat eaters, Turtle Bay has got this covered with fish, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options meaning that everyone can enjoy a range of foods from the menu.

So what can you expect?

First up is the Festive Platters Menu which comes in 3 varieties (meat, seafood, vegetarian) and is Turtle Bay’s answer to a laid-back, social Caribbean Christmas eating experience – all for just £9 per head. The platters are made up of the restaurants’ most popular dishes served with a range of delicious sides.

We went for the seafood platter, which consists of a mixed seafood roti flatbread, chilli squid, panko spiced whitebait, sweet corn fritters, mango mole, herb mayo and super green salad.

The fritters were nicely seasoned, sweet with a bit spice, and not at all dry. The whitebait was cooked well and tasted nice with some pepper sauce added to give it a bit more of a kick. The highlight however was definitely the chilli squid; fried but not oily, this tasted fantastic paired with the accompanying mango sauce – a great Caribbean take on calamari. The salad was really fresh and a lot more imaginative than a basic green salad, with chickpeas, kale and pomegranate giving it a crunch as well as flavour. The crispy okra which came on the side was a nice alternative to fries but had a bit too much batter for our liking.

Overall the food was milder than expected, but for those wanting more heat there is a selection of authentic Caribbean sauces on the table, including the tasty Aunt May’s Bajan pepper sauce, for added spice.

Then came dessert, where we opted for the warm dark chocolate brownie and the spiced rum and chocolate pot, each served with ice-cream. The brownie was very moist and a lot lighter than your average brownie, which was welcome after the mains, and went down well with the vanilla ice cream.

The chocolate pot at first seemed pretty average but then the spiced rum kicked in – and kick is the word; after the mild mains we had not expected so much spice and actually found it a little overpowering, even with the coconut ice cream. That said, if you like spice then this is the one for you.

The other festive options are the Lunch and All-Day menus.

The Festive Lunch Menu is a three-course Caribbean bonanza for just £15 per head. Guests can go all out with Caribbean with Crispy Okra, Jamaican Browned Chicken & Caymanas Upside Down Cake, or dial down the spice a little with Garlic Flatbread, the famous Turtle Bay Street Burger and Dark Chocolate Brownies.

The All-Day Christmas Menu with four courses for £24 per head is for those who want to go all out ‘tropical-festive’. This Island-inspired festive experience starts with a range of sharing dishes for the group to graze on, followed by a succulent Caribbean banquet of three courses including Turtle Bay’s famous jerk chicken.

Along with Caribbean craft beers and wine, there is also prosecco and champagne (it is the festive season after all!) to wash down your food, all of which can now be pre-ordered and waiting on the table as you arrive with the new drinks packages.

Now, a visit to Turtle Bay wouldn’t be complete without having one (or more) of the much-loved, signature rum cocktails, of which there are loads to choose from.

We went for the Vanilla and Passion Fruit Mojito, which was a surprisingly good combination, with the vanilla balancing out the sharpness of the passion fruit. Rude Boy – made with Wray & Nephew rum, Woods Navy rum, Barbados clove liqueur, bitters and fresh lime – was also good and nice and strong.

With it being happy hour (2-4-1) pretty much all the time and cocktails costing just £7.15 normally (which really is great value considering they are made well and super strong), Bucks Fizz won’t even cross your mind this Christmas once you’ve sampled some of these tasty tipples.

So, step away from the turkey… Christmas 2017 is all about rum, reggae and jerk, as Turtle Bay invites you to celebrate a Caribbean Christmas to remember!

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