When a new Caribbean restaurant promising beach shack and street food inspired dishes pops up in Manchester it would only be a matter of time before I tried it out. So I did this weekend. After hearing lots of good things about the Turtle Bay chain I had high hopes and I wasn't left disappointed.
We sat at the bar whilst waiting for our table and with a glass of Caribbean Pimms in hand I was more than entertained with the energetic bar staff, had it not been raining outside I could have easily been fooled into thinking I was really at a beach bar in Jamaica (maybe that's a bit far fetched but you get my point!!)
Having pondered over the menu for a good while (it's not often I am overwhelmed with choice), we settled for the garlic flatbread to start.
Garlic bread can be so overrated at times but this one was in a league of its own, the garlic butter was melted perfectly on top and laced with a gentle kick of chilli. I loved how they finished it off with rocket and a lemony vinaigrette dressing *sounds strange but it worked*
For mains I went for the Pulled Chicken Bun and Tim went for the Double dipped steak with sweet potato fries. I enjoyed everything about mine apart from the meat, I do think this was down to personal preference though as Tim tried it and said it was good. The chips were plentiful and dusted in an amazing spicy coating and the coleslaw was award winning, not too mayonaisy and I was pleasantly surprised by the raisins and parsley?
Tim (a well travelled steak eater) thoroughly enjoyed his although I can't vouch for this as I hate red meat....it looked good though!
So here we save the best till last. I had my heart and eyes set on the toffee and banana cheesecake (with rum caramel sauce) before I had even tucked into my starter and it was everything I hoped it would be. A couple of years back me and Tim had a life changing bannofee pie in Gibraltar and up until this weekend it was the best desert we had ever eaten, it has now slipped to 2nd place.
I would definitely recommend Turtle Bay to anyone who visits Manchester. It is lively, has great staff and amazing food...all without breaking the bank.
Have you been to any of the Turtle Bay restaurants?