Turtle Bay is synonymous for Caribbean food, cocktails and good nights out. When I heard it was launching in Norwich I knew it was time to get excited! I was lucky enough to be invited along to the Turtle Bay Norwich VIP preview last night to sample their food and cocktails ahead of the grand opening on 30th August.
On arrival we headed to the bar to sample their rum punch. If you know me, you know that I love rum! Naturally I was pleased to discover the huge selection of rum they had around the bar! My favourite cocktail of the night was ‘one love’ – their special twist on a pornstar martini. It was fruity, sweet and more-ish!
You couldn’t help but notice the cool vibe and incredible decor. There was a very chilled, yet upbeat air about the place. Reggae tunes were playing the background, the welcome was warm and friendly – all that was missing was a beach, the heat and an epic caribbean sunset! The graffiti style artwork, exposed wood and quirky tables all caught my eye. The dimly lit fairy lights, tyre sinks and camper van all added extra special touches to the place.
The food, however, is something I’m on the fence with. I’ve mentioned plenty of times on here that I’m gluten free, so of course that’s my main concern when eating out. I’d mentioned it in my RSVP and I was assured that there would be things I could eat (contrary to the lack of information on the website.) Whilst the lovely Norwich Blogger ladies were all served sharing plates of yummy looking food, the gluten free offerings were rather underwhelming.
I was served the Jerk Prawns to start – they were ok. If I’m honest they seemed a little bland for Caribbean food. For my main I tried some of the goat curry – it turns out I’m a bit of a fan of goat now! It was lovely and tender.
If you don’t have any dietary requirements or food allergies – I would recommend trying out the food. If you do – I’d be wary and I honestly wouldn’t feel comfortable recommending it. For such a large chain their gluten free offerings seemed quite poor. From what I can tell online, it used to be a whole lot better! (I’ll update this post if I hear anymore about Turtle Bay Norwich’s gluten free offerings.)
On the whole, I had a lovely evening catching up with some wonderful bloggers. Turtle Bay Norwich would be the perfect place to catch up with friends over a cocktail or two. If you’re a fan of spice and fancy something a little different to the norm, book yourself in for some Jerk!
Will I be back when it opens on Tuesday? Yes – I’ll certainly be popping in for cocktails, it seems like the perfect chilled out place, to start a night out!
Are you a Turtle Bay fan?