Thursday, 23 May 2019

Review: Turtle Bay Solihull

I wasn’t wasting the occasion that my hair had been straightened properly, so myself and MCH decided to go out over Easter to Solihull for some drinks.  (Apologies it’s taken until now to write about it).

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The evening was ticking on nicely but it got to the point where drinks weren’t enough and a little of bit food was needed.  Normally, I have my act together and would know exactly where I want to go to eat but clearly the Bank Holiday fever had put me straight into a relax-setting so I hadn’t thought it through.  Not to worry.  Having had people tell me that Turtle Bay was “soooo amazzzzing” we thought we’d go there and kill two birds with one stone, get some food and more drinks.

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Although it is a chain venue, it doesn’t feel obviously so and the Caribbean inspired d├ęcor makes you feel instantly at ease, almost switching your mindset into ‘holiday mode’.  Graffiti sprayed art pictures in glorious tropical colours, jazzy posters and bizarrely placed rubber truck tyres as sinks in the toilets.   Tuneage pumping from the speakers started with a bit of Bob Marley interspersed with other Reggae hits from yesteryear which added to the feeling.

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I have to say, the staff are very friendly and super-keen to make sure you’re okay and were attentive without being intrusive, just as it should be.

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The food arrived in quick-time after ordering which I find is a trait of chain-venues which may suggest that things are prepared in advance rather than being cooked to order, but fair enough and of no consequence to us.  We ordered:  Hallo Halloumi (Grilled Halloumi cheese, Portobello mushroom, lettuce tomato) for me.  MCH had Jerk Chicken with coconut rice ‘n’ peas, Caribbean slaw and we both had sweet potato fries as a side order.
Both agreed, the food was fine, not overly spectacular, but fitted what we were after at that point.  My sweet potato fries were tasty in fact, solid chip style and not over-fried.  The Halloumi burger I had definitely needed the side order of fries to pad it out with but was tasty enough.

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Our cocktails were enjoyable, although I felt my Side Chick Martini, (Turtle Bay’s version of a Pornstar Martini), didn’t have as much alcohol in it as I anticipated but having the adjoining prosecco shot boosted it up.  It was a pity we’d missed the 2-4-1 happy hour slot.  MCH’s Koko Kolada (Turtle Bay’s Pina Colada) was refreshing he said and not too sweet.
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Being full, we didn’t opt for a dessert.

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Our pit stop for food had stopped us in our tracks at that point and feeling a bit full and reminding ourselves that we were no longer 21 years old with boundless energy, we decided to call it a night.
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It being “soooo amazzzzing” was maybe a review on the back of someone having the 2-4-1 experience, whereas I’d felt our visit was more soberly ‘pleasantly fun’.  It was a nice place to go,  I’d go again if the occasion was right as there are quite a few veggie options to choose from and I’d go regardless whether my hair had been properly straightened or not…………

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Disclosure:  I paid in full for all food and drink consumed.  The venue did not know I was visiting or that I am a blogger or that I would be reviewing the venue.  All opinions are my own.