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It's not all spicy

It's not all spicy

“How spicy is this going to be?”

It’s the million-dollar question - 10 chefs might give you 10 different answers! But that doesn’t make it easy if you’re just not that into spice!

Well, luckily for you, Caribbean food isn’t all about the heat. At Turtle Bay our focus is all on flavour – so whilst most of our dishes will have plenty of spices - like cumin or ginger - they’re not all going to knock your socks off with scores of Scotch Bonnet.

Just Ask

If you're a bit worried about spice levels - don't worry! Just speak to your server and they will be more than happy to recommend some less spicy dishes. All our food is made fresh in our kitchens, so there are plenty of dishes where the amount of spice can be less or more depending on your preference.

Wash down with a cocktail

Drinks in the Caribbean are quite often sweet as this balances out a spicy meal - the oil-based capsaicin (which is what makes things feel spicy) gets absorbed by sugar so calms the feeling. That's what makes our handcrafted cocktails the perfect accompaniment to your meal - not only are they ice cold, the sweet fruit syrups do a great job of complementing your main course.

It's all about balance

If you're a bit worried about going overboard on spice, pair your main with a sweet side for a bit of balance. A side of refreshing slaw pairs deliciously with meat or fish and also helps reset the palette if the spice gets a bit much. Plantain, sweet potato fries or dumplings are other great sides to balance out your main.

The not-spicy guide

We know it can be tricky navigating new menus if you’re not into the heat so here’s a selection of our least spicy dishes for anyone who’s not a fan of chilli…..

BRUNCH

Smashed Avo & Poached Eggs – a refreshing favourite! Topped with poached eggs to play it safe.

Vegan Yardbird or Honey Bunny Yardbird – this does come with a little hot sauce drizzled on the top, but if you ask for it without, it's the perfect non-spicy brunch dish! Lots of maple syrup and freshly diced watermelon make the perfect brunch option for anyone who's not a fan of spice. 

STARTERS

Crispy Chilli Squid – one of our most popular starters, just ask for no chilli for a spice-free option.

Sweetcorn Fritters – the fritters themselves are great non-spicy starter options but make sure you ask for the sauce on the side as this has a kick.

Trini Doubles – a delicious vegan treat, our hand-stretched roti bread is topped with curried chickpeas. They aren’t a zero on heat but it’s really just a gentle warmth from a blend of spices like cumin and ginger. Tread carefully on the cucumber chutney topping though – it’s got a tiny kick so you might want to ask for this on the side.

Pulled Chicken Doubles – a totally mild starter! Delicious diced chicken thighs, soft bara roti and lots of creamy avo and fresh pineapple to keep it nice and mild. If you want to completely avoid the spice, just ask for no jerk mayo. 

MAINS

Mo’ Bay Chicken – an all time Turtle Bay favourite, this dish has a creamy jerk sauce with just a background level of warmth to it. The sweet plantain and coconut rice and peas keep things balanced.

Fried Chicken – the ultimate indulgence, whatever your spice tolerance. Our Mac n Cheese has a kick to it, so you might want to switch this out for a side of fries.

Trini Curry Prawn – if you're fancying a rich, warming curry without the spice, this one's your go-to. Juice king prawns in a creamy and mild coconut, mango, & garlic sauce. 

Sunshine Bowls – the freshest of flavours and a super healthy non-spicy option. Just be careful with the Jerk Halloumi & Pulled Jerk Chicken as the jerk has a bit of a kick, but the fresh salad and tropical fruit perfectly balance the spice. 

Burgers – all our burgers are full on flavour and light on spice so take your pick! You can always ask for the jerk mayo or hot sauce on the side and add to your liking. 

Sides – pretty much ALL our side plates are low on spice so you’re safe with most. Just be careful with – Cheesy Jerk Fries and Jerk Halloumi. And don't be scared away from the 'spiced' fries - their deliciously addictive spice mix is a blend of spices, not chilli!

PUDDINGS

All safe from spice! Our Banana Toffee Cheesecake or Creamy Coconut Ice Cream are the perfect spice-soothers if you want a little something sweet to balance out the spice. 

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