By Matt Wilkinson

There’s a slice of the Caribbean right in the heart of Brixton, and it goes by the name of Turtle Bay. As we stepped through the doors of this lively Caribbean restaurant, we were immediately swept away by the vibrant atmosphere that encapsulates everything Rum, Reggae, and Jerk. From the moment you arrive, Turtle Bay’s commitment to creating an authentic Caribbean experience is evident in every detail.

Our entrance into this tropical haven was orchestrated by Shez, the energetic manager on duty. With a warm welcome, Shez ushered us to our seats, setting the stage for an evening filled with tantalizing flavours and rhythmic beats. As we worked our way through the menu she guided us to the recommended culinary wonders that awaited, setting the tone for a night of Caribbean delight.

The vibrant decor of Turtle Bay is a feast for the eyes, awash in the colors of the Caribbean. The lively music that fills the air completes the immersion, transporting you to the sun-soaked beaches and lively streets of the islands. This isn’t just a restaurant; it’s a celebration of Caribbean culture, and every detail, from the decor to the playlist, reflects that commitment.

One of Turtle Bay’s standout offerings is their daily happy hour, a generous affair of two-for-one cocktails that extends until 7pm. They also offer bottomless brunch, a daily extravaganza with two hours of unlimited cocktails, prosecco, draft beer, and mocktails all for just £33.70 per person. The tropical cocktails, each a vibrant hue of the rainbow with a distinctive rum kick, set the stage for the delicious adventure that awaited.

Arriving for our 6pm reservation, we dived straight into the dinner menu, eager to explore the culinary treasures Turtle Bay had to offer. Our choices included the Crispy Chilli Squid which was a mouthwatering introduction to the evening. The blend of textures and flavours danced on our palates, leaving us excited for what lay ahead.

The star of the evening was the Goat Curry, a dish that showcased Turtle Bay’s commitment to quality and authenticity. The slow-cooked goat, raised in Dorset and marinated in aromatic spices, green seasoning, and scotch bonnet, was a testament to the restaurant’s dedication to using fresh, high-quality ingredients. Each bite was a journey through Caribbean flavors, a symphony of spices that left us craving more.

To complement our main dishes, we indulged in side orders of Spiced Fries and the Chicken Roti Wrap. The Spiced Fries were the perfect accompaniment, adding an extra layer of flavor and crunch to the meal. The Chicken Roti Wrap, filled with succulent pulled jerk chicken, smashed avocado, pickled veg, crunchy lettuce, and mild jerk mayo, was a festival of textures and tastes wrapped in a warm embrace.

As we savoured the last bites of our meal, we couldn’t resist trying the Baby G, a beach shooter that promised to aid digestion. Crafted with Wray Cream and Tia Maria, this concoction was a delightful conclusion to our  visit, offering a sweet and satisfying endnote.

The staff at Turtle Bay were more than just servers; they were vibrant participants in the lively atmosphere that defines the restaurant. Their friendliness and energy added an extra layer of enjoyment to our experience. The bustling bar, alive with the creation of colourful cocktails, was a testament to the dedication Turtle Bay has to delivering not just a meal but a memorable experience.

The background music, a fusion of reggaeton and Caribbean beats, created the perfect soundtrack to the experience. It was a seamless blend of rhythms that further transported us to the heart of the Caribbean, making the dining experience at Turtle Bay a sensory journey.

In conclusion, Turtle Bay in Brixton isn’t just a restaurant; it’s a celebration of Caribbean culture and cuisine. From the moment you step through the doors, you are immersed in a world of vibrant colours, infectious rhythms, and mouthwatering flavours. With a commitment to quality ingredients, an inviting atmosphere, and a menu that pays homage to the diverse culinary traditions of the Caribbean, Turtle Bay is a must-visit for those seeking an unforgettable dining experience.

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