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Turtle Bay’s New Menu Review

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Local food blogger, Ellen Manning from Eat with Ellen, tells us her thoughts on Turtle Bay’s new menu…

 

I’m no stranger to Turtle Bay – I’ve been enjoying the delights of its cocktail happy hour (or should I say hours, since they have two each night) for quite some time now. Every time I’ve been I’ve looked at the menu, looked at the plates of food coming out to diners and said, ‘I really must try the food here’. Not just because of the fab cocktails, funky music and gaudy decor. But because I really do like Caribbean food. Years ago on a work trip to Tobago I fell in love with the simply, spicy food we were treated to, followed by an affair with the beachside jerk pit when Mr M and I holidayed in Jamaica. And lucky for me, there was a pretty good jerk chicken stall in Brixton when I worked in London where I could reminisce over lovely beaches, great people and happy holidays.

 

The closest Turtle Bay to me is in Leamington Spa. You’ll find it in Regent Court, a pedestrianised road full of foodie outlets and the place I recently tried my hand at sushi-making during its ‘Fiesta of Flavours’. We tootled along on a Wednesday night to check out their new menu and found a pretty busy, bustling restaurant with a few people enjoying cocktails but most there to dine.

 

It really does have a great ambience – fun and funky with the bar in the centre and seating all about. We sat up in a raised area which proved to be a great vantage point to see everything that was going on, as well as giving us the feeling of a little bit of privacy that you often want on date night.

 

It would have been rude not to start with a cocktail, so I tried out Turtle Bay’s espresso martini while Jamie couldn’t resist a Red Stripe to help him with his deliberations. We definitely needed some help – everything on the menu appealed to us. From jerk dishes to ‘one pots’, a load of fab-sounding starters, burgers and even salads, there’s something for everyone.

 

In the end we had to enlist the help of our waitress (whose name I can’t remember but she was absolutely brilliant – I know, a complete contradiction but she really was good). She suggested we go for a classic – the ‘Just Jerk’ platter that would give us a taste of everything.

 

It certainly looked like ‘everything’ when it arrived – a rainbow of colours and flavours all laid out like a feast fit for a king. Marinated jerk wings, glazed pork ribs, jerk beef riblets, Jamaican beef patty, sweetcorn fritters, spiced popcorn, herb mayo & super green salad.

 

The jerk wings were amazing, and the beef patties were a favourite of mine, while Jamie loved the ribs and the spiced popcorn. We both agreed that while pretty on the plate, we weren’t that bothered about the super green salad – I mean, who wants salad when you’ve got so much lovely meat on offer?

 

For main course Jamie didn’t struggle to make his mind up, going for the slow braised beef rib, served up with sweet potato fries and a watermelon, lime and coriander chow salad. You can opt for one of three different jerk glazes – classic, pineapple which is more fruity and coconut which is more creamy. He went for the first and wasn’t disappointed. The meat fell off the bone, the spicing was just right and he really enjoyed the sweet, refreshing watermelon salad, especially with its fresh coriander.

 

His only comment – not a complaint but an observation – was that it wasn’t quite the huge portion he had been expecting, and if he hadn’t had a starter didn’t know if it would have filled him up. You can take whatever you like from this: a) that the Mannings are greedy gutses and like big portions, b) if you don’t like being fed gut-busting meals then you’ll be happy to know you get a far more reasonable size at Turtle Bay, or c) always have a starter. Up to you.

 

I was adamant I wanted one of the ‘one pots’ and toyed with goat curry but decided on one of the new additions to the menu – Bajan Beef Cheeks.  I love beef cheeks anyway, cooked right, and these definitely were. For six hours apparently, and marinated in Caribbean spice, okra, potato, garlic, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, coriander & toasted coconut.

 

It did, indeed, come in one big pot with steamed rice and a roti flatbread on the side. The flavour was deep and warm, with the aniseed of the star anise shining through yet never overpowering the rich, meaty beef cheeks. It’s the perfect comfort food yet with a twist thanks to the addition of the punchy spicing. Delicious.

 

We definitely weren’t going to do dessert, but given that I was there to try some of the new dishes on the menu, it seemed important to for a complete job. As soon as he saw barbecued pineapple on the menu, Jamie was dead set on it. A simple dessert really – caramelised and grilled with a rum caramel sauce and coconut ice cream.

 

It’s probably not the most aesthetically pleasing dessert we’ve ever tried for this blog, but don’t be fooled. It was the perfect combination of sweet and refreshing and Mr M – not usually a fan of alcohol in desserts – said the rum caramel sauce was a great addition.

 

I was tempted by one of the newer desserts – ‘Passion Pie’, a kind of twist on a lemon meringue pie. Being quite full, I wasn’t too sure how much I’d enjoy it, given that I’ve had a fair few lemon meringues in my time, but was taken by surprise at how well executed and slightly different from the norm it was.

 

The pastry was buttery, sweet and crumbly, the passion fruit curd sweet and rich and the meringue just how I like it. Squishy and soft, with just a hint of crunch on the top. Add to that some passion fruit sauce and fresh mint and it was a winner.

 

As we left there was still a healthy buzz about the place. I loved the casual fun of Turtle Bay – a great, versatile place for a meal with friends, family or just the two of you. The food was great – not over-complicated which was refreshing (given I spend quite a lot of time eating fancy food) and full of big, bold flavours.

 

The final tick in the box was the service. They have a slightly familiar style that could feel a bit weird elsewhere but really works here and just adds to the friendly feel that makes Turtle Bay somewhere that puts a smile on your face. Again, I just can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try it!

 

Ellen was invited to Turtle Bay to try some of the new dishes on the menu. The meal was complimentary but she wasn’t asked to write a positive review.

 

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Deliveroo Mondays

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Mondays just got a whole lot better with our Deliveroo Mondays competition! On the first Monday of every month we’ll be giving you the chance to win £30 worth of credit for Deliveroo, so you can order food from your favourite Regent Court restaurant from the comfort of your own home! Choose from Cote Brasserie, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Gusto, Las Iguanas, Prezzo, Wagamama, Yo Sushi and Zou Bisou.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page to enter.


EVERY DAY IS A CELEBRATION THIS AUTUMN AT LAS IGUANAS

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The new Autumn menu bursting with boldly spiced flavours launches on 26th September 2017, introducing 15 delicious additions, offering vibrant new colours and tastes of Latin America alongside old favourites.
The menu at Las Iguanas is carefully developed and served up by a team of skilled chefs who love cooking from scratch; discovering unique flavours and inspiring recipes from across Latin America and bringing them to life through high quality, fresh ingredients. The new menu additions are no exception. Luscious new Ipanema Mussels – cooked in a lightly spiced lime, coriander and coconut sauce and served with ciabatta will tantalise those taste buds whilst the Seco de Cordero – Peruvian style slow cooked lamb shank in a golden ale, red wine and Amarillo chilli sauce, served with roasted sweet potato mash and crispy chilli and onions is a meat lover’s dream. If meat isn’t your thing, Las Iguanas are Vegetarian Society approved and a new attraction is the Cauliflower and Corn Quinotto, a perfectly cooked Peruvian-style quinoa risotto with smoked cheese, roasted cauliflower and charred baby corn, topped with puffed quinoa and crispy chilli.

If there’s room for dessert, you can continue your journey through the Latin continent with a Banana Empanada, where traditional pastry is hand- filled with banana, sweet plantain and delectable dulce de leche. Served with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of rum-flavoured syrup, this is relaxed dining at its best. If truly tropical is your thing, the Piña Colada Mess will energise your taste buds; Piña Colada ice cream is served with caramelised pineapple salsa, crispy pineapple pieces and toasted coconut chips… definitely a dessert that will have you daydreaming of Copacabana.
So on to the cocktails… Las Iguanas have turned Happy Hour in to ‘Happy Days’ for Autumn, with all cocktails now available 2 for 1 ALL day, EVERY day*. It’s a game changer. Las Iguanas commit to using premium spirits, including their own award-winning artisan Magnifica cachaça distilled by the de Faria family near Rio, and there is something for everyone, with 14 newbies on the list. Try Mezcal Watermelon Smash, a winning combination of Olmeca Tequila, Bru-Xo Mezcal, watermelon, mint, cucumber and lime or the Latin American take on the classic; a ‘Golden’ Porn Star Martini, compromising Gosling’s Gold Rum, apricot, Funkin passion fruit, vanilla and pineapple with a shot of cava.
Celebrate spending time with people you like with a host of new sharing drinks. Alpaca Punch will bowl you over; El Dorado 3 year old Rum, falernum, passion fruit, lime and cranberry, topped up at the table with a showy bottle of Freixenet cava for 4-6 to share. Or dive in with the new Tropical Fishbowl; Beefeater gin, Sauvignon Blanc, passionfruit, elderflower, Ting and a few finned friends swimming around for 3-4. Barrel o’ Caips is a giant version of the signature Caipirinha cocktail made with Las Iguanas Magnifica cachaça and fresh limes, perfect for 3-4 to enjoy this Brazilian classic.

* Cocktails available 2 for 1 all day every day apart from Royal Festival Hall and Stratford where times vary and in Scotland where they are priced differently in line with local licensing law.

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Find out more

www.iguanas.co.uk


Dining in style at Gusto-Review by Ellen Manning

Check out the fantastic review of our Gusto restaurant by local foodie Ellen Manning > http://www.eatwithellen.com/2016/10/gusto-leamington-spa/


Brunch is now being served at Gusto! Pop in from 10am-12 noon.

Brunch is now being served at Gusto! Pop in from 10am-12 noon


Shoppers urged to support Independent Retailers at Regent Court

This month, Regent Court is celebrating Independent Retailer Month, and is calling on all residents to rediscover their local retailers and show their support to independent traders.

July marks the UK’s third Independent Retailer Month, aiming to highlight the importance of smaller, local independent retailers and increase footfall in town centres. The campaign helps create impact, connect consumers and communities and demonstrate the benefit of local shopping.

With over 25% of Regent Court’s traders being independent, Regent Court is urging shoppers to keep it local with visits to stores such as Lille Perle, Zou Bisou, Bar Angeli, Chequers and Rosie’s Vintage Tea Shop. Stats show that for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy, a small contribution that can make a big difference to local retailers. Shopping with independent businesses also allows shoppers to buy more unique products, receive better service and have an all-round more positive experience.

Shop owner Allison Triggs from Jewellery store Lille Perle said. “Our store has been created as an exciting alternative to the established high street jewellers. Offering unique designer items of jewellery, in beautiful surroundings, our independence allows us to select highly individual hand crafted pieces that are sourced directly from top British designers, which are impossible to find on the high street or even online.’’

Alison and Kevin opened their store back in September 2015; choosing Leamington Spa for its long established independent retail sector and reputation for a high level, personal shopping experience. Kevin added ‘’We chose Leamington Spa as the location because of its small-town friendliness, where families want to come to settle and to raise their children, and where all generations live harmoniously alongside one another. As a destination, we also found that people travel in to Leamington Spa from surrounding larger towns and cities to experience a more personal level of service whilst spending their money. ‘’

Shopping with an independent retailer supports local traders, their suppliers and the people they depend on to run their businesses. To find out more about Independent Retailer Monthplease visit http://www.independentretailermonth.co.uk.


Regent Court welcomes new restaurant Gusto!

Leamington Spa has a new arrival in the form of the beautiful new restaurant Gusto. Inspired by the traditional grand cafes of Europe, Gusto is all about making the everyday exquisite. Follow the link for the full menu! http://gustorestaurants.uk.com


NEW AMAZON LOCKERS

A new service in Regent Court are Amazon Lockers which give shoppers a self-service delivery location to pick up their purchases.

The lockers are located between GBK and Zou Bizou in the management corridor.