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Turtle Bay

Restaurants Ealing
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The first London branch of a Caribbean chain, serving very good food in buzzy surroundings.

There might be a chill in the air, but the Caribbean sun has just risen on Ealing’s High Street. Turtle Bay is a cocktail bar and buzzy restaurant with beach shack chic, calypso beats and kick-ass comfort food. We dropped in for Friday lunch soon after it opened, and it was rammed.

The room is dominated by a large central bar dispensing potent rum cocktails. With its brightly painted corrugated metal and distressed wood it looks a bit like Nando’s. 

The menu is heavily seasoned with dishes using Jamaican jerk marinade: dark, glistening chicken wings impressed us with their sizzling scotch bonnet chillies, which were underpinned by a blend of ground allspice, cracked black pepper and warming cinnamon. 

There’s a sizeable selection of stews – curried goat with carrots and potatoes, or a vegetarian warmer of sweet potatoes, mixed beans and greens enriched with coconut milk and dumplings. We loved the Trinidadian fish curry with its ginger-chilli-onion broth, studded with tender squid and prawns. The only blip was a lacklustre shrimp and mango wrap, which faded to insignificance in the face of other, boldly spiced choices.

Desserts embrace tropical fruit, molasses, spice, chocolate and rum. Barbecued pineapple rings, dunked in rum-caramel sauce, gave this simple sweet a grown-up spin. 

This branch is the latest addition to a ten-strong chain, but is the first to open in London. There are big bucks riding on its success. Even if we can’t make it to the Caribbean for a sun-kissed break, at least we can find tropical warmth and spice in autumnal Ealing. 

By: Roopa Gulati

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Address: 16 High Street
Ealing
London
W5 5DB
Transport: Tube/rail: Ealing Broadway
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50
Contact:
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 11.30-11pm; Thur-Sat 11.30–midnight
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4 out of 5 stars

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First of all I like to eat good food at restaurants with friends and family from time to time. That being said the experience is ruined if the food is an UTTER DISAPPOINTMENT at the Turtle Bay in WALTHAMSTOW.

Let me elaborate, the drinks were poorly made, tasted watered down as if they were placed on the side allowing for the ice to melt. To add insult to injury, one had hair in it...Ewww! gross.

The dishes we ordered were VERY DISAPPOINTING ! Jerk ribs, best described as incinerated had no seasoning including NO SALT with sauce poured over it, NOT COOKED with sauce.

The curry goat had more potatoes than meat, with the meat very fatty with very little taste.

All in all a disappointing experience ! raised these concerns with the management as a result our meal will not be charged.


Avoid Walthamstow, never again ! 

Tastemaker

This is a great fun place to hang out in a group and enjoy some pretty decent Caribbean food. The food I had was full of flavour and spicy and the waiter was warm and friendly. The dishes took a while to come out and I suspect they were a chef or two down but it was Sunday afternoon, so probably more staff on a Fri or Sat evening. 

Because we were relaxed and having a good time, it didn't matter too much. It was a special occasion for a friend, so we ordered generously, with starters mains and cocktails as well as a couple of great puddings and it came in under £30 per head, which is very reasonable. 

I would definitely go back to this place and I will absolutely be making room for dessert! 

Tastemaker

This is probably the first truly Caribbean restaurant I have been to in the UK. A great place for a group outing, full of atmosphere, a good cocktail list and lots of space for big tables. The food is lovely, very authentic in flavour and full of sweetness and spice. For lunch, I love the Jamaican cheese toastie with West Indian Mayonnaise or the jerk chicken wrap. Just enough heat for my liking! The one pot dinners are delicious too and good value for money. Whatever you go for, make sure it is accompanied by the scrummy spiced fries. Absolutely delicious!!


If you can save enough room, the desserts are fantastic too. The bread and butter rum pudding with vanilla ice cream in particular is divine!!

Tastemaker

If you're thinking this is a great place to go, you're right. If you're thinking that the Brixton branch is a great place to go before a gig at the Brixton academy around the corner, it may be a different story. If you don't like rum or beer you're out of luck drink wise, if you do you'll have a great time working through the rum list. When I went there were not enough people on the bar and it took long time to get served, at time it felt like you were being ignored, and at least two people got shouty angry about this while I was there - however the service when you got it was friendly, warm and easygoing. For food, I ordered two side dishes - plantain and cheesy jerk fries - which hit the spot but took 50mins to arrive. Luckily, the tunes and the nice atmosphere mean you could hang out here for hours (and might have to). I would definitely come here again, but I'd make a booking and make sure I had nowhere to be for at least 2 hours.

Tastemaker

I haven't been to the Ealing branch, been a few times to the Walthamstow, but will be reviewing Brixton as the latest new addition.

Turtle bay has something for everyone, whether you like exotic cocktails, or tasty mains or just a sticky dessert.

As a British Caribbean, the food isn't as authentic as home cooking but like I said, there is lots on offer.

I've tried the jerk chicken (which isn't great to be honest) the curry goat, escoveitch fish and they are all very decent. But my favourite has to be the jerk salmon, with sweet potato fries and salad. Always done to perfection and Brixton is no exception.

The main issue I've had with the Brixton branch was service. When we arrived, despite there being plenty of tables near the front of the restaurant (and having booked) we were plonked in the back quarters and were the only diners here for a while. When we asked the host to move, he obliged but then it never happened. Secondly, when we ordered drinks, we waited literally 20 minutes for them to come and then had to send them back as they were not made well and tasted disgusting. Thirdly, after 20 mins from ordering, only one starter arrived as well as one main dish (for the same person) and the others were nowhere to be seen! Eventually, this was sorted but did dampen the experience. We were having to constantly wait around for service, to order, for food and drinks; it was just really annoying!

So Turtle Bay Brixton, food is good but sort out your service!


The most authentic Caribbean meal I have ever tasted 🍗🍖...Curried Goat, Roti, Beach Platter... And 2 for 1 cocktails 🍹


Oh my gosh, this place is amazing! The salt fish pattie and Jerk ribs are the best I've tasted.

Tastemaker

Turtle Bay in Walthamstow is a new addition to the chain and appears to be doing great business here in E17. I've visited several times and heartily recommend the cocktails especially during happy hour. In truth it's more like happy hours as you can get 2 for 1 cocktails from opening time to 7pm and 10pm til close 7 days a week! At £6.95 each i've happily begun to work my way through the extensive menu. Try the Bray Bramble it's luscious! Beware the service outside though as it is haphazard and random. Waitresses seem to appear and disappear without acknowledging customers outside. I ended up ordering at the bar inside and was told they don't offer drinks service outside although they do if you're eating. It wasn't like that when i first went and there are no signs to indicate this so i remain in the dark. The food looks tasty but i haven't gone there yet - note to self to extend my spice receptors and plunge in.

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