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Food Review: Turtle Bay, Oxford Street, Manchester

After wanting to visit Turtle Bay for months, I finally took the plunge and decided to see what the fuss was about – and I wasn’t disappointed!

I have always been a keen lover of food (anyone that knows me could tell you that!) but I had yet to try a restaurant specialising in Caribbean food.

It was a struggle when deciding what to order, due to the vast selection of meals available, but eventually I settled on the ‘Chilli Squid’ (£5.10) for my starter. I had only ever had squid once before, but this was gorgeous. The flavour was just right, with the perfect amount of chilli spice coating a crisp batter. I can be fussy when it comes to fish, but the ratio of flavour to fish was enough to keep me happy.

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Did I mention the 2-4-1 cocktails?! Everyday during happy hour, Turtle Bay offers 2-4-1 on all cocktails from noon until 7pm, and again from 10pm onwards! With at least 15 variations on the menu listed at £6.95 each, I was spoilt for choice. I had the pleasure of trying ‘One Love’ (pictured below), a martini style concoction of passion fruit liqueur, Blackwell rum, fresh passion fruit and coconut – I looove passionfruit!

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After indulging on a few alcoholic beverages; I decided to keep the fish theme going and ordered the ‘Jerk Salmon’ (£12.50) for my main. It was b-e-a-utiful. Crispy skin salmon, finished with a choice of coconut or classic, hot jerk glaze (I went for classic as I’m a total daredevil). The salmon was served with fries and a salad, this consisted more of rocket leaves than anything else – which is fine if you like them! We ordered our main meals from the ‘One Pots’ menu, but the restaurant also offers a ‘Lunch n’ Lighter’ menu which features similar meals but in smaller portions.

After an overload of fish and copious amounts of alcohol, we were too full for dessert, but the puddings listed on the menu sounded delicious. One that appealed the most was the ‘Spiced Chocolate Pot’ (£4.85), described on the menu as ‘set chocolate cream, served with coconut shavings & coconut ice cream’ – yum!

The overall experience was thoroughly enjoyable; despite arriving at peak time on a Saturday evening, we were seated instantly and there were no delays in service or between meals. I would recommend Turtle Bay to anyone that hasn’t had the chance to try it yet, particularly those who enjoy Caribbean food! With reasonable prices, great service and happy hour cocktails, what’s not to love?

A copy of the menu can be found on Turtle Bay UK’s website: http://www.turtlebay.co.uk/food-drink/

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