Sampling the fiery flavours of the Caribbean
As Turtle Bay opens a restaurant in Staines, went along to its charity launch to see what was on the menu for diners
CARIBBEAN Turtle Bay has opened in Staines.
The popular chain, wellknown for its exotic cocktails, reggae music and spicy cuisine, held a special launch event last Tuesday to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust in Sutton.
Diners at the High Street venue only had to pay for their drinks and were asked to leave whatever they felt their food was worth.
All the money raised from donations was then matched by Turtle Bay and donated to the charity, which educates and supports teenagers fighting cancer.
Sam Horswill, general manager, said: “It’s business as usual. We have got our happy hour at the bar and full food menu available – the only difference on the day is that we are supporting our local charity.
“It’s a nice way to start links with the local community. We are hoping to raise around £6,000 to £7,000.”
Talking about his favourite dish on the menu, he said: “The jerk chicken is incredible.
“We marinade it for 24 hours then lay it down on the jerk pit barbecue and in the middle of service the flames lick up the flavours on the grill.
“The chefs finish it off with a jerk glaze.
“It’s super hot with beautiful rich flavours and really succulent chicken. That’s restaurant officially what I am having for lunch today.”
Customers started arriving at the restaurant as soon as doors opened at 11.30am.
Lunch-goer Barbara said: “The atmosphere is lovely and the staff are really good.”
Her partner, Peter, added: “We were a bit apprehensive, bearing in mind we are a little bit grey in the hair but it was really welcoming, which was nice to see.”
The lunch service was so popular that the queue extended out the door and staff had to turn away hungry diners at one point.
Skilled bartenders showed off their cocktail-making techniques, while the kitchen staff rustled up spicy feasts to satisfy customers of all ages and appetites.
The food at Turtle Bay offers a vast choice of bold flavours and rustic dishes, all inspired by the laid-back, social outlook of the Caribbean.
The menu includes Cutters (inspired by beach shacks and street hawkers of the Caribbean Islands – perfect for sharing over cocktails); the Jerk Barbecue Pit (just as fiery as it sounds); One Pots (rich, slowly simmered and uniquely Caribbean) and Lunch and Light (a briefer encounter with the Caribbean).
As well as serving delicious Caribbean cuisine, the £800,000 restaurant also has a rum cocktail menu featuring a collection of 40 varieties.
The opening day had a really lively atmosphere, with reggae music playing and cocktail juggling – all in aid of a good cause.