The taste of the deep south has landed in Solihull as Caribbean-style restaurant Turtle Bay open its doors today (May 31)
Observer reporter Aisling Kiely spent the night at the brand new restaurant and put the vibrant menu to the taste test.
Myself and Caitlin – who can just about handle a korma – were invited along to take a sneak peak of the new restaurant’s collection of fiery food.
Handed a Bahama Mama on arrival – a rum punch cocktail made with a sweet banana liquor – we knew we were in for a treat.
Perched on stool at the bar – with a full view of over 40 types of rum on display – we bagged the best seat in the house.
Surrounded by veranda seating, mellow reggae music and a full wall of retro speakers – it was hard to believe we had just stepped off Solihull high street.
No longer parched but peckish, we delved into the succulent white bait fish and moorish deep-fried chick pea appetisers scattered around the bar – and waited for the rum masterclass.
As an infrequent rum drinker, it was an experience to hear about the restaurant’s colossal collection – ranging in heat, spice and sweetness.
All clued up on our cocktails and pleasantly refreshed, it was time to get settled in front of the beach-shack style kitchen and get our teeth stuck into the fiery food.
First up, a platter of jerk chicken wings, sweet corn fritters and hot pepper roti – and a call for another sweet cocktail to soften to blow.
With the heat under control and my ears no longer burning, I mustered the courage to tackle the next course – curried goat with sweet potatoes and Caribbean dumplings.
It’s a dish which tastes much better than it sounds – believe me.
The tender goat – which shares a similar texture and taste to lamb – melted in my mouth and will definitely be on the cards for next time.
Bursting at the seams – we had to take a breather to make way for the platters of desserts and it was so worth it.
Barbecued pineapple, rum-infused sponge cake and a Caribbean twist on the traditional bread and butter pudding – every single bud was brought to life.
All in all, the authentic restaurant is definitely worth making a song and dance about and is bound to add some spice to Solihull.