11:00 PM 29th August 2018
Turtle Bay Restaurant, Sheffield
Opened in June, Turtle Bay is the latest chain to branch out in Sheffield. Situated alongside the City Hall I dare say that it would be a good place to eat if you were seeing a show there - but allow plenty of time as you will see from my review.
The theme and food served in Turtle Bay is from the Caribbean islands. The place is very colourful with plenty of reds, yellow and turquoise - it certainly gives an uplifting feel. "One Love" the title of the Bob Marley song is spelt out in neon letters as you go through the door.
Things did not start off well - we had to wait 25 minutes from being seated and ordering our drinks and for them to arrive, which seemed a long time when it was not particularly busy. Service it seemed was as slow as a turtle and we were not feeling the love!
Staff seemed more interested in cleaning the tables rather than taking orders, though some diners seemed to have their order taken before others, it depended on who took your order.
The food is cooked to order, so waiting for that was not a problem. The starters are inspired by street vendors across the Caribbean and include dishes such as Duck Rolls, Crispy Whitebait and Sweet Corn Fritters.
Garlic 'n' Herb flatbread
I chose the Garlic 'n' Herb Flatbread priced at £5.50. Tasty and with a bite it was worth the wait. It seemed like eating a spicy naan bread.
My partner chose the Doubles starter - two puffed up bara roti flatbreads, curried chickpeas, cucumber chutney and hot sauce. They say it is served on the streets of Trinidad. It probably would not cost £5.30 there and it seemed over priced for what you got.
Mo Bay chicken
My main of Mo Bay Chicken - chicken breast, creamy jerk, coconut rice 'n' peas and sweet plantain was delicious. A great combination. Priced at £10.50 it seemed reasonable and was worth the wait.
My partner chose the Sirloin Steak priced at £17.90. Served with spicy jerk coconut callaloo, it seemed that all the dressing took away the taste of the steak. It comes with spiced fries but was substituted with sweet potatoes.
Rum & Raisin bread pudding
All puddings are priced at £5.30. My Rum and Raisin Bread Pudding served with vanilla ice cream was a delight and the rum gave it a kick.
My partner chose the Passion Pie which was tangy and appeared to be fresh.
The coffee machine was broken so I can't comment on the quality of the coffee.
The food was good but let down by the slow service. If you allow plenty of time you will be fine. It is neither laid back or posh, somewhere in between I would say.
If you are going to the City Hall to see a show then the Happy Hour 2 4 1 on all cocktails would be ideal. This is from 11.30am to 7pm and from 9.30pm to close Sunday to Thursday and 11.30am to 7pm and from 10pm to close Friday and Saturday.
Turtle Bay, Unit 2, Num Building, Holly Street, Sheffield S1 2GT
Telephone 0114 312 2730