Our Evening At Turtle Bay Exeter

Exeter is currently undergoing an exciting transformation, and the Guildhall Shopping Centre is in the final stages of its £12 million transformation into a brand new dining quarter.  There are loads of new restaurants set to open, offering cuisine from all around the world! After months in the making one of the first restaurants is set to open on 23rd August!  Turtle Bay are opening their first restaurant in Devon and promise to bring a brand new, blissful Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the people of Exeter!  We were invited for a special preview evening ahead of it's opening, for a night of rum and delicious food.

Turtle Bay have 28 restaurants around the country and each is individually designed.  Their newest restaurant is bright and colourful with an instantly relaxing vibe from the moment you walk in. One of the first things we commented on as the fabulous round bar set in the middle of the restaurant.  Not only does it make a great centre piece, but it's surrounded with stools to make a really nice area to sit and enjoy some of their fabulous cocktails.

Cocktails were a very common theme for the evening...and I feel that I had waaay too any for a Thursday night! Turtle Bay offers over 40 rums sourced from across the Caribbean and has created some amazing cocktails utilising their wide range of rum.

After we sunk a few cocktails we were given a demo of some of the fabulous rums available. Adam,  Turtle Bays bar trainer was knowledgeable, fun and really passionate about his rum!

The sweet potato fries were AMAZING!
The good news is that they offer 2-4-1 cocktails during their 3 hour happy hour from 7-10 every day!

We then had the privilege of tasting some of the delicious Caribbean food from the menu.  As this was a taster session, it's worth noting that this may not be how the food is actually served when ordering from the menu.

First up was a selection of starters  There was onion, coriander, scotch bonnet & sweet corn mixed together with a dash of West Indian hot sauce to make delicious sweet corn frittas.  They were just the right balance of spice and flavour. We also had some spicy jerk chicken wings and garlic and herb flatbreads (even those had a nice kick!). My favourite part of the starter selection was the hot pepper roti- Trini-style oven baked roti stuffed with shredded cheese, carrots, potatoes & onion served with scotch bonnet & herb mayo.

From the mains we had some traditional jerk chicken and rice, which Nick loved. We also had marinated goat cooked in curry spices, scotch bonnet, sweet potatoes, citrus juice & ginger, served with sweet onion chutney & Caribbean dumplings.  The flavours were amazing with a warming spice, not for the faint hearted, 

The pudding selection was a zesty lemon and lime tart, dark chocolate brownies, banana and toffee cheesecake and BBQ'd pineapple drizzled in a delicious rum caramel sauce. The cheesecake was so rich and creamy, one of the nicest I have ever had (and I've had a lot of cheesecake in my life!)

At the tine of writing this there are only a few days to go until the opening, and I know that we will definitely be making a return! With such a naturally relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food and cocktails I can see it being a firm favourite with us and Exeter residents!

L x

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