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Turtle Bay Vegan Menu - A look at what's new for the summer

May 16, 2023


What I loved about it:

All the exciting new options on the menu!

Lots of the old favourites are still there but there are plenty of new delicious dishes to try, vegan and otherwise.


14 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL

Suitable for:

Friends, Colleagues, Groups, Birthdays

Value for money (out of 10):



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Turtle Bay Vegan Menu, lots of new dishes for the summer!

I had a lovely family afternoon recently trying out the Turtle Bay vegan menu, not to mention some delicious mocktails!

For the uninitiated, Turtle Bay is a Caribbean restaurant chain that has over 40 locations across the country, renowned for its cocktails, bright, vibrant interior, and delicious Caribbean food.

In Leeds, Turtle Bay is perfectly placed in the heart of the city on the corner of The Light, just off The Headrow, with huge windows where you can watch the world go by while you enjoy a cocktail or two.

The restaurant’s decor is inspired by the vibrant colours and textures of the Caribbean, with a focus on creating a fun and inviting space for guests. The staff at Turtle Bay are passionate about providing great customer service and they were very knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients, and keen to help.

The menu has been redeveloped for summer to include some fantastic new options, vegan and otherwise.

It was so hard to decide what to order – so often in a restaurant there are one or two vegan options, at Turtle Bay there are six NEW options, not to mention the staples that were already on the menu. I was a little overwhelmed by all the choice!

I liked the sound of the new Island Brunch Bowl, I love ackee and callaloo, but in the end I plumped for the Vegan Jerk ‘Chicken’, I was intrigued to see how the faux chicken breast compared to those that I have had before.

The dish is a marinated plant-based ‘chicken’ breast, chargrilled and dressed with the Turtle Bay jerk gravy, served with spicy pineapple chunks, coleslaw, and fries (or coconut rice).

It was the most realistic looking not-chicken-chicken breast that I have ever seen!

If you are vegan and you’re missing the stronger texture of animal-based options, I think this might hit the spot. The ‘chicken’ was succulent, the sauce and the pineapple side were nice and spicy, this is not a dish if you don’t like hot spicy food. I really enjoyed it and I think the fries were the perfect accompaniment.

My husband, who isn’t vegan, was tempted by the Vegan Yardbird, which is a lighter bite, a cute little stack of hand-rolled bara roti, with vegan fried chicken, avocado and a melon side. He really enjoyed it, but truth be told, he ordered the smaller dish thinking that he would need to help the boys finish their meals, as they usually can’t finish everything – that was not the case here. I think he will order differently next time!

The boys had the Jerk Salmon and the Shack Stack Burger. I asked them for their feedback on the food, and I was told it was ‘alright’ which is praise indeed from my teenagers. They pretty much cleared their plates, so I’d say that’s a good endorsement.

As this was a family outing, we hit the mocktails with style, they were delicious and very refreshing, the Virgin Berry Reggae was my favourite – although I would have happily tried the alcoholic versions, they looked amazing!

The new Turtle Bay vegan menu has such a wide range of mains and sides, and such a broad menu generally, there is something for everyone. Couple that with the huge range of cocktails and the lively atmosphere, it makes it the perfect place to kick back and relax with family and friends.


This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

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May 16, 2023