Turtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant review

Turtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant reviewTurtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant review Turtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant review

My boyfriend and I love trying new restaurants and frequently eat out at the weekends (and sometimes in the week too – whoops). So when Turtle Bay reached out and asked if we wanted to review their restaurant, we took one look at the menu and booked up to straight away. We visited on a Saturday and the atmosphere was buzzing, lots of people at the bar area drinking their incredible cocktails whilst others tucking into delicious food. The interior is beautiful; various warm lights everywhere and a Caribbean reggae vibe.

 

The starters

Let’s get straight into the food shall we, starters consisted of slow roasted duck wraps (they were to die for) and crisp chilli squid. The starters certainly set the bar high for the rest of the meal, and it actually took us ages to decide which starters to go for. There’s a great range of starters from corn fritters to pulled pork, wings and chicken.
Turtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant review duck wrap starter Turtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant review calamari starter

We washed our starters down with Watermelon crush – blended fresh watermelon and ice, sounds amazing right? Well it tasted even better, I would highly recommend.

Turtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant review watermelon drink

Turtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant review

 

The mains

The mains did not disappoint either, great portion sizes that were full of flavour. I went for the Mo Bay chicken which was delicious; a creamy coconut spiced jerk sauce with plantain, onions and chicken. SO GOOD! It was supposed to come with salad but I swapped it for the slaw as I really wanted to try it. Red cabbage, onion and carrot went amazingly with the sauce.

 

Turtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant review main meal

 

Mark went for the Trinidad curry chicken, which is made from coconut milk and various spices, scotch bonnet and garlic. Served with Roti, mango and rice, he gave it a big thumbs up. Mark also decided to get a side of the cheesy jerk fries which he really liked. I wasn’t a huge fan but I don’t usually like cheesy chips as it makes them soggy.

 

Turtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant review main meal

 

The desserts

Although we were pretty full, for review purposes only, we felt we needed to try dessert (great excuse right?). We both wanted to go for the dark chocolate brownie but thought that was a bit of a cop out, especially being in a Caribbean restaurant. So we decided to share the brownie and Caymanas rum cake. To our surprise the rum cake was actually really yum. The caramel sauce was amazing!

Turtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant review brownies dessert
Turtle Bay Chelmsford restaurant review rum cake

 

Would I recommend?

YES – Mark and I would certainly go back, the food was great quality whilst feeling quite authentic. The menu has a great amount of choice and is certainly value for money, although I found it a little weird that they only had 1 vegan friendly thing on the menu. Also the interior is beautiful, I love that there are candles and warm lights scattered everywhere! You can find more information & menu on the Turtle Bay website.

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