The other day we stepped off the tube at Walthamstow Central and, without having to consult any maps, followed the music to the high street’s latest installment on the slowly gentrifying Walthamstow Central. Less than a minute of reggae later, we arrived at Turtle Bay which was already filling up, food and drinks and conversation flowing.
There was a great atmosphere and I don’t think I’ve ever been so generously and vigilantly fed and watered. Drinks included rum punches, (both hot and cold) as well as authentic Caribbean cocktails like and Wray & Ting and their take on classics like mohitos and capirinihas (pretty good plus extra sugar). The food was also fully on theme with Jerk Chicken, Blue Mountain Curry Goat, battered squid rings, baked salmon and loads more, all seasoned to true Caribbean standards – with truckloads of flavour driving sugar, salt and spice, which simultaneously feels summery and like a warming winter treat.
Troy Ellis and the Hail Jamaica Reggae Band provided the soundtrack, as guests let their hair down for a mid-week mini party. Laid Blak then followed with their fun and upbeat set to finish up. All the while, in spite it being packed, the polite and attentive floor and bar staff still managed to cater for the masses until everyone was satisfied and full… and then a little more!
Turtle Bay promises to whisk guests away to an island paradise in the waves of Walthamstow; guests can relax and enjoy a great spread of authentic Caribbean food with friends and family (and even strangers!). The staff are friendly and kind, whilst the setting is cosy and colourful; perfect for dinning with friends or getting your dancing shoes warmed up at the weekend.