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My friends, Paul and
Susie, are about to have there second child, in fact the baby due
date is tomorrow (Monday 27th August). I haven't seen them
for a while and so decided to visit them in Milton Keynes, an area
known for it's plastic cows, actually they are concrete as I was
forcibly reminded (lol hahaha) and lots of roundabouts. When I
arrived we went to Mortimer Square which is an area surrounded by
restaurants, most of them chains, like Café Rouge, Las Iguanas. We
were trying decide where to go but as Susie was almost due it was
decided not to have anything spicy, just in case. After looking
around for a few minutes it was decided to go to The Turtle Bay, a
Caribbean restaurant, odd choice, seeing as Caribbean is renowned for
being spicy, but I wasn't one to argue as I love spicy food.
We entered the large
restaurant which was surrounded by large windows and because it was
sunny the restaurant had warm and bright feel. In the centre is a
large style wooden shack bar which all the tables surrounded. The
tables and chairs are all wooden which add to the rustic feel, but it
does have a feel of a restaurant chain in the making. When I checked
out there website I saw they have another restaurant in Southampton,
so I was right a new chain in the making.
Salt Cod Fritters
The menu is extensive
with Cutter (starters), Lunch and Lighter (lunch menu or lighter
bites if you don't want a full meal. One Pots, (dishes that comes in
a pot - bet you didn't see that coming). And Jerk Pit BBQ (dishes
from a BBQ with Caribbean flavours). They also have a large array of
both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails which are on an almost
continuous happy hour of 12-7pm and 10pm-close every day.
Jerk Chicken Wings
I guess they don't see
themselves as a family restaurant as they don't have a child’s'
menu. If you do take a young child in with you it appears that if you
don't want spicy food for your child you need to order a meat dish
and ask for the spicy not to be added. We ordered a duck wrap, for
little Henry and asked for no spice as advised, but when it arrived
it was still fairly spicy..
Sweet Potato Fries
Myself and Susie order
fritters, I ordered the salt cod fritters and she ordered the
sweetcorn fritter. They were not what we were expecting, they were
more like savoury doughnuts rather than fritters. Also my fritters
had virtually no salt cod in them and in fact I pulled them apart and
only found one very small piece in each of the four fritters. The
sweetcorn had more flavour but again more doughnut than fritter. Paul
ordered the jerk pit chicken wings, which were very tangy and with a
kick, the meat was moist and well cook and I certainly had food envy.
After a disappointing
starter and a slow removal of out plates and a far wait for our main
courses our mains were delivered and we were not disappointed. I
ordered the Trini Fish Curry, which was salmon, prawns, mussels,
squid and white fish in a gorgeous curry spiced coconut milk. The
rice and peas were well cooked and complimented the curry
wonderfully. Paul ordered the Blue Mountain Curried Goat was also
very tasty, the meat was tender and the curry sauce full of flavour,
but with one little moan of not enough sauce, but fully enjoyed.
Susie ordered Jerk Chicken Roti, which was pulled jerk chicken in a
flat bread wrap which was moist with a hot kick. But not over spicy
so the baby did not kick in objection or even worse, decide to show
his/her face :-)
Blue Mountain Goat Curry
We also had some side
dishes, which I didn't mind paying extra for as the main courses were
reasonably priced. We ordered fried plantain, which were well cooked
with lots of sweet flavour. We also ordered Sweet Potatoes Fries,
there were delicious if a little greasy, but one of the highlights
for me, seeing as I didn't think sweet potato would work as a “chip”,
but it's nice to be proved wrong.
Jerk Chicken Roti
Now I don't normally
review drinks, but as it was a cocktail bar and as Susie couldn't
drink, Paul and I decided we should try as many cocktails for her. So
that she knew which cocktail tasted the best and to order once the
baby was born. Well it was the only excuse we could come up with to
allow us to try as many as we could. We tried the classic Long Island
Ice Tea, which was the best. Jamaican Mule, okay, but the ginger beer
wasn't strong enough. Elderflower Collins which was fresh with lemon
juice and club soda. Mojito, which had far to much ice so at the end
we were drinking cold water and we finished off which Tropical Rum
Punch which was okay, but we didn't like the allspice syrup, which I
thought would be nice with rum, but for us didn't work.
The staff were very
friendly and polite and couldn't really fault them. But if I was to
grumble, which means I will, they were a little too over
enthusiastic. When we sat down, one waiter took our drinks order and
then before the drinks came three other members of staff came over to
take our drinks order. It was like that for the rest of the meal, but
then when we wanted them there were hard to track down. I wonder if I
am moaning for the sake of it, because as I said they were friendly
and were very good with baby Henry.
For a small chain, I
believe the Turtle Bay has a lot going for it and hopefully they will
be a great success. I just hope they don't go like other chains that
as they become popular they expand too quickly and they lose there
charm and the food starts to really suffer. I can think of two chains
that at the beginning were very good, but I wouldn't go near now as
the food has really suffered. So fingers crossed for them and I would
love to see one in London.