We’ve been some of the luckiest mancunians that ever lived with our long hot summer this year.
It’s the kind of bounteous, beautiful weather that makes you want to don your summer bikini, pitch up on a sun lounger and while away the afternoon in the company of a nicely chilled pina colada.
Luckily Turtle Bay have read our minds and introduced a new way of relaxing, eating and drinking in the form of cocktail tables – so you don’t have to jostle for attention at crowded bars. The service is direct to your table so you can sit back and enjoy the blissful reggae sounds that await…
When you walk into Turtle Bay (the Northern Quarter branch is located on Oldham Street) it’s almost as though you’ve stepped into a time machine and are walking around a Caribbean island.
The music is pumping, the rum flowing and the décor is a mosaic of colour, little cabanas and steel drums on the walls. I’ve never walked into a restaurant and had such an urge to have a cocktail as I have here.
The 40-strong collection of rums lend themselves to the sun-drenched (and rum-drenched) signature cocktails including the marley mojito (with green melon liquor, fresh mint, watermelon and Turtle Bay ginger beer) and the Beachcomber’s Zombie with overproof, dark, white and golden rums alongside absinthe, pomegranate syrup and tropical juices – which is hands down my favourite.
If you’re feeling extra brave, you can opt for one of Turtle Bay’s rum sharing boards – which features a quartet of rums, all served with your choice of mixer.
We opted for a few of the sharing boards to soak up all the booze. You can have the choice of:
– Jerk Jerk Platter: Marinated jerk wings, glazed pork ribs, Jamaican beef patty, chicken flatbread, sweet corn fritters & super green salad
– Vital Veggie Platter: Sweet corn fritters, crispy okra, jerk pit grilled mushroom & peppers with jerk coconut sauce, halloumi and mango flatbread, sweet plantain & super green salad [V]
– Seafood Platter: Curried fish roti flatbread, chilli squid, crispy panko whitebait, sweet corn fritters, mango mole, herb mayo & super green salad
The chicken especially was expertly cooked with a medium sauce on it. We didn’t want to go too spicy, because we could see the amazing imported hot sauces that dotted the tables.
Each mouthful brought me back to the Caribbean and the portions were very generous (the meat one would easily feed 4 people along with a few sides.)
Turtle Bay is the sort of place you come to have a night out. To drink some cocktails and eat big portions of wonderfully tasty food (the curry pots are still my favourite I have to say.) It’s the perfect example of a chain restaurant which has still managed to retain its sense of originality and uniqueness.
Next time I have the girls over to the city I’m taking them here – a tropical haven that’s reasonably priced, a ton of fun – and serving up sensational grub.
What more could you want?