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Our Afternoon at Turtle Bay Cardiff.

 A bar, seating, bright colours.

Yesterday Warren and I were alone in Cardiff, the little ones were at my mother's and we had boring bank stuff to sort... Once we'd completed our list of 'jobs' (mostly involving taking tickets with numbers and waiting around moaning whilst other people tried to jump the queue!) we wandered around in search of lunch.

Warren spotted a new (to us!) place called Turtle Bay, located on St Mary's Street. We headed in and had a nose at the menu and immediately we agreed this was where we'd be eating lunch! We were shown to an area of the restaurant that has a wall covered in speakers- I didn't get a photo of this, so I'm a bit gutted, but even more reason for you all to go in and have a nose, it's worth it!

We were advised to try one of their cocktails and we ended up choosing a strawberry daiquiri and it was DELICIOUS!

A pink cocktail.

Pink cocktail.

The cocktails were two for one and they were amazing. We were also given some water to accompany the cocktails and food, nothing was too much trouble for the friendly and energetic staff.

Two spicy sauces and a jug of water.

When it came to ordering lunch we were given lots of suggestions. Warren chose the Street Burger and, with help from the staff, I went for the Jamaican Browned Chicken Hot Pot (and dumplings).

Whilst we waited for our food we had time to take the place in... Wow is all I can say. I was actually quite gutted George wasn't with us, he adores Bob Marley and the ambience of the restaurant is one of a chilled out Caribbean vibe. Every inch of the style and design seems to have been carefully planned out, from the quirky tableware to the brightly coloured walls and table tops.

A brightly coloured bar.

When our food arrived we were blown away! The portions were generous and it all looked visually stunning.

Fries and burger.

Warren's burger was exactly how all burgers should be; fresh, chunky and full of flavour. However, for both of us, it was the browned chicken hot pot that stole the show!

Rice, onion, stew.

It had so many flavours running through it my tastebuds were in heaven! The chicken fell off the bone without any effort at all (trust me, I'm terrible with a knife and fork and I only used a spoon for this!), the flavours were warm and spicy and it is probably the best meal I've ever eaten out.

We were so impressed with Turtle Bay, we are hoping to go again soon and perhaps start off there early on in the evening before heading out for the night in Cardiff. There's also an option to order take out!

I really can't recommend this place highly enough, get down there and enjoy the Caribbean vibe, it's well worth it.

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