A lifestyle blog bringing you fashion, music, food, and everything else that's just nice about Bristol and beyond!
We’re going to let you into a secret. There are big changes on the horizon at It’s Just Nice HQ, and whilst we won’t give too much away, we can tell you that we’re going to be getting a shiny new makeover very, very soon! And whilst for the most part a lot of the hard work is being done behind the scenes by our great mate Jack, there’s a lot of sorting of shit and planning of plans to be done, so we figured what better way to get some plotting done than over lunch?! And as if by magic it just so happened that the lovely people at Turtle Bay had recently dropped us an invite to pop in and try their new light menu, so two birds, one stone + lunch = winning!
Turtle Bay has always been a firm favourite with us here at It’s Just Nice. I hate using the term ‘a good all rounder’ to describe something as it makes it all sound so beige (and Turtle Bay is anything but that!) but Turtle Bay definitely checks all the boxes. Lunch = good. Dinner = great. Cocktails after work = fricking ace, especially if you get there before 8pm for 2-4-1! Sadly there were no cocktails to be had on this visit (BOO) as we both had to get back to the office, and after all, there was work to be done! So we settled for a Watermelon Crush and a homemade Ginger Beer and got down to business.
The lunch menu at Turtle Bay is all well under a tenner, and despite naturally gravitating to the Pulled Jerk Pork Buns, I sensibly opted for a the Goat’s Cheese, Aubergine and Butternut Squash Salad, which I wasn’t altogether that excited about. Trust me – if it was a Friday I’d be going all out and shoving my face into a rack of Jerk Ribs, but unfortunately I couldn’t come up with a good enough excuse to throw caution to the wind. Cloe, being our resident health and fitness guru, chose the Jerk Salmon salad and was a lot more enthusiastic about her choice than I was! To placate my inner piglet we decided to share a portion of sweet potato fries – they count as one of your five a day, right?!
However, any cynicism I had about ordering a salad was quickly put aside when this bad boy was plonked in front of me!
The salads at Turtle Bay are as bright as the decor, and should probably come with a little warning along the lines of “FYI – you won’t need a side because you won’t eat it, greedy guts”. They’re HUGE! I couldn’t possibly list everything that was tossed into it, but I know there was coconut, I know there was tonnes of cheese and I know there were deep fried chickpeas, as they were an absolute revelation!! And whilst we definitely didn’t need them (and definitely didn’t finish them) the sweet potato fries are a hot contender for the best in Bristol – not a soggy chip in sight!
After all of that the last thing we were thinking about was pudding, but after the lovely Aime told us we could take it back to the office, it didn’t take much persuading. It’s also worth mentioning that Turtle Bay offer takeaway, and what’s more 10% off on all takeaway orders – something I hadn’t known previously. Within minutes we were being waved off with a couple of portions of Dark Chocolate Pie and Banana and Toffee Cheesecake, which Cloe accidentally (yeah right) took home with her without sharing!
Thanks for having us Turtle Bay – you were the perfect hosts for a lunch time plotting session and we promise next time we come back we’ll take you up on those cocktails!