Time Out says
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.
16 High Street
|Transport:||Tube/rail: Ealing Broadway|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Wed 11.30-11pm; Thur-Sat 11.30–midnight|
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Users say (9)
Average User Rating
3.9 / 5
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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 !
The most authentic Caribbean meal I have ever tasted 🍗🍖...Curried Goat, Roti, Beach Platter... And 2 for 1 cocktails 🍹
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