Recently, Kirsty and I took a trip to a new food contender in Aberdeen! Tango Turtle is situated on Little Belmont Street and is one of the very few places that serve Caribbean Inspired delicacies. Caribbean food is something that neither Kirsty or I had ever really experienced before so we jumped at the chance of going in for a sneak peek!
It’s quite discreet on the outside and if it weren’t for the funky, brightly coloured sign outside then you would probably miss it entirely. Once you get inside you’re greeted with some very fun rainbow stairs up into the restaurant.
The restaurant itself is filled with multi-coloured decor and murals which really gives it a warm, welcoming and homely vibe. I absolutely love it! Tango Turtle is full of character and get’s you into the Caribbean mood for sure!
Choosing what to eat was ridiculously difficult for a few reasons. 1. there was so many options 2. we had never heard of half the menu before! We definitely had to do some googling of ingredients – just to be safe. Eventually, we decided to grab 3 dishes from the Small Plates Street Snacks menu. We went for the;
Buss Up Shut Taco with Beef
Bajan Flying Fish Cakes
Chargrilled Jerk Chicken Roti Wrap
Each dish was incredibly delicious and I would highly recommend them all. You can order these as single starters or you have the option to choose 3 for £12, 4 for £15 or 6 for £20.
Again for the mains, we both struggled to choose from the delicious array of choices! I couldn’t decide if I wanted a curry, a burger or a wrapito – the choices seemed endless.
In the end, I decided to go for the Curry Lamb Pot, which came with rice and roti bread. I don’t even think I can explain to you just how yummy this dish was. The lamb was cooked beautifully and it just melted in your mouth. The flavours were balanced divinely and it had a small hint of spice to it too.
Kirsty opted for the Curry Chicken Pot, similarly to mine this came with rice and roti bread too. She let me have a taste of her dish and again it was perfect. A nice balance of spices and chicken that was still juicy!
We were advised to have a side of Fried Plantain, something neither of us had ever tried before. The only way that I can describe these is that they taste exactly like fried bananas but sweeter??
On my first bite, I was definitely taken back by the texture but after few they were scrumptious! I think I’d rather have them as a dessert though rather than a side, purely because of their sweetness. Plus, I reckon they would be amazing with some ice-cream!
What did we wash this amazing variety of food down with you ask? Well… We chose a few flavours of the KA Caribbean soft drinks. We went initially chose the Black Grape and Fruit Punch flavours and after our starters we were kindly given a can of the Pineapple flavour too! Normally I wouldn’t talk about a can of juice but with these I absolutely have to. Why?? LOOK AT THE FREAKING COLOUR OF THEM!!
I have honestly never seen a more neon coloured drink before. I don’t even want to think about the sugar content of these! They tasted brilliant though and I’d say that the Pineapple flavour was the favourite!
Like the drinks, the service isn’t usually something I really mention in my food reviews but this time I want to. We received amazing service while in the restaurant. Each waiter was very tentative and kind and also helped us choose our food by recommending their favourites and explaining the ingredients too. We visited at lunchtime so it wasn’t overly busy yet the waiters were constantly on their feet making sure the restaurant was running smoothly. The service alone makes you want to go back again asap!
I highly recommend heading along to Tango Turtle in the near future if you can. The quality of the food is excellent, the staff are very friendly and you’ll leave with the biggest food baby you’ve ever had – what more could you want?!
To check out the full menu or to book a table click here.
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