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Turtle Bay review

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2015 at 4:18 pm

So yet another ‘late’ review, redeemed by the fact that it is made up from two visits!

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Now returning to a venue makes it sound like I couldn’t wait to get back. Frankly it was my partner’s decision as I was taking her for a cheer-up lunch after a rough day and she really liked it the first time we went.

Not that I dislike it. It’s just another corporate, chain restaurant. The decor is ‘shabby chic’ meant to look like some West Indian beach bar but from the newness of the fittings there is clearly no actual upcycling going on.

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Both times I had the jerk chicken wrap. The meat was very tasty and the sweet potato fries I had on the second visit are nice. The salad I tried the first time was plain and undressed. My partner enjoys the 1/4 chicken. The first time I was boring and had a coke but her coffee came in a glass mug with a wee bottle of milk. However we next tried the interesting options; the ginger ale which was very tasty and the passion fruit smoothie was amazing (I actually had two!). The first time we let ourselves get upsold to a side order of fried plantain. It was chewey and bland. A dish to avoid.

There are nice touches. Actual cloth napkins raise the tone and the staff were very friendly. There is also free wifi.

While it won’t rate as a reguler place for me I think it will be a success. Our second visit was a Thursday lunchtime and it was nearly full. Walking past Pizza Express and Nandos after showed them to be nearly empty. I think Turtle Bay will be a populer place for many people.

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