Turtle Bay opened its Caribbean-inspired Norwich doors back in 2016, and quickly became a firm favourite for a fun night out, renowned for its cocktails and spicy treats. Fast forward to 2018 and the food scene is no longer quite as simple as it once was. With vegetarian and vegan diets on the rise, restaurants have needed to adapt and I’m pleased to say that Turtle Bay has risen to the challenge.
Visiting on a busy Friday evening, I took the chance to try out their new plant based dishes…
Since becoming vegan I’ve realised how a good menu makes all the difference to a good dining experience. Turtle Bay’s menu has clearly marked options, from the starters to the desserts and cocktails, so you can easily scan through the menu to find vegetarian (V) or vegan (Ve) options. It’s refreshing to feel at ease when dining out – there is no need to interrogate waiting staff or feel unsure as to what you can actually eat!
Food highlights had to be the Chickpea and Callaloo curry and the Kernal Vegan burger. Visually vibrant and perfectly spiced these dishes are a great addition to the menu. The selection of side dishes to accompany the mains are also a real treat – from Jerk Halloumi (vegetarian) to a Chilli Pineapple salad (vegan), you can create your own flavour combinations to suit.
It’s fair to say though that the large number of vegan cocktails to choose from was perhaps the highlight of my evening! Cocktails are mixed free flow at the open beach inspired bar and whilst rum is the main ingredient for many, you can now switch that out for Vodka or Gin if you so choose – again options are very clearly marked.
It’s a great place for a fun night out with friends; the atmosphere is buzzing and the cocktails are very drinkable! And, with its new menu, it’s fast becoming one of the most inclusive restaurants in town, whatever your dietary requirements or choices.
Turtle Bay, 8 Swan Lane, Norwich, NR2 1 HZ | 01603 305300
In the East of England, you can also find Turtle Bay in Chelmsford, Milton Keynes and Peterborough.