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Turtle Bay Preview Night Middlesbrough




No plans on Sunday? What if I was to tell you that there is a new cool restaurant opening its doors this Sunday to the people of Middlesbrough? You've got to head down and check this place out. Anybody who knows me knows I have a huge love for Jamaica after I volunteered out there when I was younger, last night brought back so many great memories for me. 






Walking into Turtle bay, you immediately get hit by the laid back, have fun atmosphere. Reggae music blasting from the speakers and an authentic rum bar with so many great drink combinations. If you just want to pop in for a drink why not grab some of the bar snacks on offer? Jerk popcorn or nuts, or my favourite which was the pork ring with reggae BBQ sauce. YUM!





Last night we got the chance to try out some of the top meals on the menu, to say I left stuffed would be an understatement. I have never bothered to have Caribbean food in England before because I kinda guessed it would never live up to the street food in Kingston. So for me I wasn't sure if I was going to be disappointed with that I got served. Obviously by the great photos you've can see I definitely was not disappointed. It's crazy how much the taste of certain foods can bring back some many memories.




We were served up an amazing starter platter piled high with sweet corn fritters, pork ribs, marinated chicken wings, and beef patties. For me beef patties were probably what I lived off out in Jamaica, I would grab one on the way to work on a morning and then again for my lunch. Out there it's as popular as your local greggs. 



We were then served up an amazing beef cheek curry filled with potato and okra, I've never tasted beef so tendered. The flavours worked well together and luckily it was a milder version of the normal Jamaican spices. I was a little bit gutted I didn't get to try the curried goat, but I suppose it's given me the perfect reason to head back real soon.



Next up was the typical street food, jerk chicken and beef ribs! Again both were amazing, the jerk chicken tasted just like it had come out of a tin can grill that they cook on in Jamaica, and the ribs were glazed in a scotch bonnet sauce that had a slight kick but punching with flavour. At this point I didn't care if I had food everywhere, I thoroughly enjoyed getting my hands in and ripping the meat from the bone.


I felt extremely special with the next meal, the chefs of the Middlesbrough store decided to cook us up something special, that being a Caribbean Parmo! Would you believe it? And honestly it was brilliant, just the right amount of flavour that you could still tell it was meant to be, it was served alongside some sweet potato slice and a pomegranate and chickpea salad. I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed the dish! 


And to finish us off we were served a platter of desserts that are on offer at the restaurant. My favourites had to be the dark chocolate brownie and the passion fruit pie. Turtle bays take on a lemon meringue pie, and it was certainly a winner!

Hope you enjoyed reading, RB 

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