With Adam working away, weekends are always something for us to look forward to. A couple of weeks ago we’d arranged to go back to one of our favourite restaurants in Middlesbrough for an evening of cocktails, Caribbean food and good music. I’ve talked about Turtle Bay* a few times on my blog already, from when the Caribbean restaurant first opened in Middlesbrough to their tempting 2 for 1 cocktails offer but they’ve recently launched a new menu to encourage social eating – Caribbean style of course!
We started our evening with some cocktails at the bar. Adam had been looking forward to having a few of his favourite cocktails – the Ting Wray (£7.25). Unfortunately due to the recent menu change, the Ting Wray had been removed from the menu but the bar staff were happy to accommodate and make one up for him. The Ting Wray is a combination of Wray & Nephew overproof rum, crushed lime and Ting grapefruit crush. The Wray Sour (£7.25) has stepped in place of the Ting Wray on the new menu – a mix of Wray & Nephew overproof rum, blue curacao and lime juice, great if you like a more bitter style of drink!
I’m more of a sweet and fruity cocktail drinker so I started the night with Side Chick Martini (£7.25); just like the classic pornstar martini and served with a side of prosecco. Unfortunately I felt like this cocktail just tasted like orange juice, you couldn’t taste the alcohol (dangerous!). I much preferred the Raspberry Reggae (£7.25) and the Electric Boogie (£7.25).
Turtle Bay have introduced Rum n Tonic (£4.95) which features six high quality rums perfectly paired with premium tonics by Double Dutch. Also added to the drinks menu is the Beach Shooters (£4 each) which are miniature rum cocktail shots. For the designated drivers, pregnant women and those who simply prefer not to drink alcohol, they can enjoy a whole new alcohol free section (£4.50) which 2 for 1 during Happy Hour too.
Moving on to our main course, we both ordered a burger. As part of the new menu, Turtle Bay have a brand new burger section featuring six new burger combinations, one of which is a high street first – the goat burger! Adam ordered the Smoking Goat Burger (£8.50) which was really lean and full of flavour! It came with rocket, tomato and hot sauce and it’s the only restaurant on the high street to offer this kind of burger.
I went for the Hot Chick’in Burger (£6.50) which was a panko crumbed chicken fillet topped with fresh grilled pineapple, mature cheddar, lettuce, tomato, jerk mayo and hot sauce – a taste sensation! Although I wouldn’t normally associate pineapple with savoury dishes, I decided to give it a try and it really complemented the whole burger. The pineapple was lovely and juicy and helped to cool down my mouth from the hot sauce.
All of the burgers come on their own giving you free rein of what sides you would like to add and the choice to customise your burger if you wish. We decided to pick four sides plates for £10 to accompany our burgers. We ordered the Dirty Curry Fries (£2.90), Cheesy Jerk Fries (£2.90), Curried Chickpeas (£2.90) and Bara Roti (£2.90).
When our food arrived to our table we had a right feast to tuck into, creating a more social dining experience. The Cheesy Jerk Fries were my favourite side dish followed closely by the Dirty Curry Fries. Adam really enjoyed the curried chickpeas and loved dipping his burger into it!
We just to say managed to squeeze in a dessert where we were both tempted by the new Salted Caramel Brownie (£5.30) served with vegan chocolate ice cream and coconut shavings. Despite this being a vegan dessert, you would never have guessed it, the chocolate ice cream was surprisingly tasty too. Perfectly indulgent without being too sickly and making us feel sick, the brownie finished off our meal just nicely.
Turtle Bay is a restaurant that always manages to succeed in bringing a whole variety of tasty dishes full of flavour to the table. We are yet to be disappointed with a meal from here, so much so it has encouraged us to pick Jamaica as our honeymoon destination so we can eat our weight in Caribbean food but until then we will keep going back to Turtle Bay!
32 Corporation Rd | Middlesbrough | TS1 2RX
*Complimentary food and drink provided by Turtle Bay in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer for more information.