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I have been longing to visit this restaurant for some time after hearing it and seeing many friends check-in on their facebooks. I have always loved caribbean food, especially oxtail and ackee & salt fish being my favorite! Lamb pattie too! mMmm...
When entering the restaurant, it was bigger than expected. They were playing chillaxing Reggae type music and the staff appeared to be friendly. We were promptly seated by the receptionist as it wasn't too busy at 5pm.
I've ordered myself the Grace Coconut Water from the Caribbean Softs section. When our drinks got served, they gave us unopened cans and glasses of ice. That was a bad decision on management part to be serving drinks in that manner. It does leave an impression, just not a good one! To me, it shows laziness and lack of thought, especially if they want to upmarket the caribbean style cuisine. If they going to use canned drinks, the least they could have done was fill the glass behind the bar and out of sight. Sorry, cans are just hidious in restaurants!
Sadly...very disappointing and having paid £4.95 for a thin looking pattie that doesn't even look house made. A pattie that could have bought in Lidl would probably tasted the same for a fraction of the cost.
Same again, £4.95 for something so tiny. Smaller than a duckwrap from M&S and the only distinct taste was the mango sauce. Nothing special!
Just hope the mains would change my thoughts...
The Jerk Lamb BBQ that came with mashed sweet potato and Coleslaw. The lamb was perfectly cooked with a light pink in the middle. Just how I like it! Meat was soft and succulent and the mango chutney went well with it. Sweet potato complimented the meat with a slight sweetness to the palate.
Blue Mountain Goat Curry with flatbread and rice. It was deliciously spicey. To the point my ear was numb ringing a little. It will probably be too spicey for the majority, but I love it. The flavours were balanced and gingery, not salty at all because most Jamaican eatery over do it with the salt. The meat could have been braised maybe another 30mins to soften it.
My belly was satisifactory full, but the overall the experience was below average due to the soft drinks, overpriced starters and it's portion size, even though the staff service was good. I don't think I'll be visiting again anytime soon unless they make some changes to the areas pointed out. But with every new businesses, I do wish them to stay for the long term. Finding the right balance in quality, staff service, price, experience and the word to sum it all... Value! :)
Turtle Bay Caribbean Restaurant
Address: 81-91 John Bright Street, Birmingham B1 1BL, England
Telephone: 01216 431 303
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