With the sun struggling to stay out for too long this Spring, any sign of hot sunshine and we are heading straight out the front door to make the most of it. And with summer holidays too far away, we headed to Solihull’s Turtle Bay to get our Caribbean fix.
This firm Caribbean favourite has launched a brand new menu – the first big menu enhancement it has undertaken since the restaurant came to the town. It’s a vibrant celebration of Turtle Bay’s signature flavours, all with fresh new twists, more accessible dietary options and a much bigger choice of light, healthy, high value lunchtime dishes.
Turtle Bay’s famous Jerk Chicken, Curried Goat and other traditional favourites are all staying put of course, plus a new burger menu has been added. This features a Jammin’ Lamb Burger alongside four others including the brand new Two Way Chicken Burger, a new Mushroom and Goats Cheese Burger, as well as the favourite Jerk ‘n’ Pulled Pork Bun.
Bajan Beef Cheeks make a new appearance as part of the updated One Pots menu and Slow Braised Beef Rib is a brand-new dish featuring the deliciously meaty and magnificent jerk ‘Jacobs Ladder” short rib of beef.
There’s a wider range of stunning new vegan and vegetarian dishes too. The Spiced Chickpea Ital Wrap, Vital Veggie Beach Platter and the Spinach, Aubergine & Sweet Potato Curry, are all new and all veggie/vegan friendly. There’s also a greater gluten free choice too.
Okra Ladies’ Fingers are a sizzling new side order from the Caribbean – totally moreish, vegan friendly, and you won’t find them on the menu anywhere else in Solihull!
The new Beach Salad range provides a lighter, fresher, superfood option for diners who are after quick, healthy bites. The avocado, butternut squash and mango salad can be served alone or topped with pit grilled garlic and chilli king prawns, chicken, goats cheese or even squid! Perfect for summer!
There’s a bigger emphasis on sharing too. Laid back “liming” is what the Caribbean is all about, and there’s no better way to recreate this than by grazing on Turtle Bay’s traditional cutters accompanied by a rum cocktail or two.
We had a family lunch one Sunday afternoon so we shared a few of our Turtle favourites : Garlic & Chilli Pit Prawns which were four whole shell-on king prawns grilled over a jerk pit, tossed in a mouth-watering herb and chilli garlic butter with roti flatbread.
The Jerk Pit Wings in a spicy marinade were a lovely mix of sticky and sweet in a sour orange chutney. If you don’t want the jerk glaze you can have a pineapple or coconut one – for those who prefer their spice a little more subtle!
The Grilled Jerk Baby Back Pork Ribs were tasty, served with a fresh watermelon, lime and green herb chow. The watermelon was a unique addition and again was delightful in the sauce.
Another surprise hit was the Duck Rolls; slow roasted shredded duck, with sweet onion, soy sauce & chilli, stuffed in toasted rolled flatbread, served with sour orange chutney. This dish was stand-out good!
Due to popular demand, a couple of old cocktail favourites have returned to the cocktail list – the Goombay Smash and Roots Culture. We indulged in a couple of Roots Culture – perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
I had the Jerk Marinated Lamb Rump grilled in a jerk glaze, nicely cooked and the green seasoning was full of flavour. I particularly liked the sweet potato mash it came with.
Hubby had the Crispy Jerk Skin Salmon, served with coconut rice ‘n’ peas and a super green salad finished with lovely crispy sweet pomegranate seeds. A really tangy summer dish full of Caribbean goodness!
For dessert we had the Rum & Raisin Bread Pudding – and I must declare it is one of the best puddings I have had in years! Slow baked with dark rum, cinnamon, raisins, and brown sugar. It was light and buttery and rum flavoured – what’s not to love!
We always have a great time in Turtle Bay, the interior decor screams Jamaican fun and the reggae music certainly gives it a great vibe. Coupled with great food, it’s a fun and friendly atmosphere. So head down their soon for your own slice of Caribbean paradise!