FOOD // Turtle Bay, Guildford: A Review | Modern Mummy

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

FOOD // Turtle Bay, Guildford: A Review

Last week, the girls and I were invited to Turtle Bay in Guildford to try out their brand new kids' menu. We headed into town straight after school, hit the shops for a couple of hours and then made our way to the restaurant to collapse in an exhausted heap and enjoy some much needed food and drink.

Despite it's brilliant location in the centre of town, just a short walk from the station and close to car parking facilities, the girls and I have never eaten there, which is bonkers really, especially seeing as we all love Caribbean food!

We booked our table for 6:30pm and arrived to a bustling restaurant, full of a real mixed bunch of people; families, groups of teenagers, businessmen and couples. My initial reaction was "how cool is this!" - a bar / restaurant that caters for everyone!

Of course I also noticed the amazing decor straight away - the restaurant was bright and spacious, the walls covered in street art style portraits and stickers, and decorated with neons, eclectic collections of bric-a-brac and mismatched furniture. It was a refreshing change from the usual family friendly restaurant chains that we go to.

As soon as we were seated, the girls were presented with Turtle Bay kids packs which were brilliant. Not just a page of colouring in - we're talking huge booklets, full of word searches and quizzes and mazes and spot the differences. They lasted the entire meal and we even had to take them home so that the girls could finish them off. The kids' menu also had a snakes and ladders board printed onto the back of it, and counters and a dice were brought out along with the crayons. SUCH a good idea! Why hasn't anyone thought of it before?

Both the kids' and adults' menus were seriously extensive. The dishes were all well described - although that made us struggle to decide what to order as it all sounded incredible, and we were all keen to try something new. There were loads of gluten free and vegan options, and this restaurant is great for those of you who, like me, are dairy free, as most of the dishes are cooked in coconut oil rather than any type of butter.

One thing I especially loved was the fact that the kids menu was two tiered; there were meals for 'little turtles' and meals for 'bigger turtles', which meant that different sized appetites were catered for. At 6 and 9, my girls are kind of in-between kid and adult sized portions, so the dishes on the 'bigger turtles' selection were perfect for them.

So what did we eat, I hear you ask!

The girls had complimentary fresh dips and dippers on arrival as part of the kids menu, plus we ordered sweetcorn fritters and crispy squid to share.

Daisy had the vegan chickpea and callaloo curry, which came with steamed rice and roti flatbread, Evie went for a half rack of BBQ pork ribs and I had the spicy jerk sirloin steak with coconut callaloo and fries. I don't eat meat often but that steak was absolutely incredible. The girls demolished their meals too.

I was too full for pudding (yes you did hear that correctly) but the girls had warm salted caramel fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream and both said it was one of the most incredible desserts they've ever eaten.

All in all it was a really fun dining experience. The menu was exciting - it was SO nice to not be eating pizza or burgers for once - and the staff were all absolutely lovely. You could tell that they genuinely enjoyed working there; they were really chatty (with everyone, not just us) and nothing was too much trouble.

If you're a family that likes spicy Caribbean food like us, then this is absolutely the restaurant for you! Although saying that, I also quite like the idea of making my way back there without the kids to take advantage of their happy hour one day soon (they have over forty different rums on offer!)

DISCLOSURE: This is not a paid collaboration, however we were given a complimentary meal in exchange for this entirely honest review.


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