Sunday, 16 July 2017

Review: Turtle Bay Liverpool, Hanover Street *

A few weeks ago, I was kindly invited along to try the Caribbean tastes that Turtle Bay has to offer.

After opening just over a year ago, Turtle Bay rests on Hanover Street, in what I like to call the 'Restaurant Strip'. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Red's True Barbecue and Yard & Coop, Turtle Bay is a Jamaican food hotspot, attracting crowds on even the quietest of Wednesday nights.

Turtle Bay Cocktail

My friend Brittany and I made our way to Turtle Bay just in time for Happy Hour, so obviously we started with a bunch of cocktails.

Turtle Bay Liverpool Cocktails

I don't know how it happened, but I'm suddenly a rum drinker. I've never really liked rum, but it's only been in the last few months whilst Dave's been getting into cocktail making that I've ventured into rum based drinks. I went for two strawberry daiquiris before even ordering.

Our waiter was lovely and attentive, but a few of the staff were a little bit overbearing at times. When we arrived, I had my massive DSLR out, so I wasn't exactly inconspicuous about the fact I was there to review the restaurant. When the waiter asked, and I told him I was a blogger, it was almost like the news had spread like wildfire and suddenly everyone was on top of us. I normally wouldn't mention it, but it did make me feel a little uncomfortable and I was reluctant to take any photos of anything because I caught the staff staring at me on more than one occasion. 

Turtle Bay Liverpool

I wasn't in the mood for a massive plate, so I ended up ordering the Kingston Pull Pork Toastie, with Caribbean coleslaw and fries. Brittany was vegetarian at the time (now vegan) and decided on the Mushroom and Goat's Cheese Burger. They were both really good portions considering the price! Anything from the 'Lunch 'N' Lighter' menu was a set price of £7, which I do feel is a little much for a toastie, but it was absolutely delicious. The pork was tender, and there was just the right amount of cheese so it wasn't overbearing. I would probably pay £7 for this meal, but I can see why people would be put off. I mean, it is a toastie.

For dessert, I opted for a chocolate brownie. I mean, just look at it. It was so soft, gooey and rich that I could probably have eaten about five if you had given me a chance. I'd highly recommend it. It was £4.95, which again is a little steep for a brownie, but I loved it.

Turtle Bay Liverpool Brownie

Turtle Bay Liverpool Interior
Altogether, our meal would've come to just over £50, including our cocktails. If you're looking for somewhere new to try in town, I'd definitely recommend going for an evening in Turtle Bay. They also have a restaurant on Victoria Street, so there's always room to squeeze you in!

If you liked this, you'll love Wahaca, Liverpool One.

(Disclaimer: I was invited to Turtle Bay for a review, in exchange for a subsidised meal. All opinions are my own. For more information, please visit my Disclaimer and PR)

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