Turtle’s Paradise spices up Bargara food scene

Turtle’s Paradise Café, Restaurant and Bar
Jaimon Mathew and Alexy Joseph at Turtle’s Paradise Café, Restaurant and Bar.

Three Bundaberg men are bringing their Indian food culture to Bargara after the recent opening of Turtle’s Paradise Café, Restaurant and Bar.

Established recently, the venue offers food from “the land of spices” and is open from Tuesday to Sunday at the Bargara Berries precinct off Hughes Road.

Turtle's Paradise, Bargara
Jaimon Mathew and Alexy Joseph with staff Kat Goretic and Katrina Bacon at Turtle's Paradise, Bargara.

Owners Jaimon Mathew and Alexy and Deepu Joseph decided to take on the new venture after recognising a gap in the market.

“Through the week we offer an Australian menu and on weekends we serve our Indian cuisine,” Jaimon said.

“We cook the food here ourselves, from scratch. There is nothing artificial, it is authentic Indian.”

Alexy said the trio were born in the South Indian state of Kerala and their food was unlike anything available in the Bundaberg Region.

“Our flavours are very different,” he said.

“I don’t believe anyone else in Bundaberg does this kind of food.”

The pair said they would be offering up a range of curries and other traditional meals from the café with plans to extend their services into the evenings.

“Currently we open from 8am to 3pm – functioning as a café,” Jaimon said.

Indian curry, Turtle's Paradise
One of the delicious traditional Kerala curries from the Turtle's Paradise cafe.

“We will soon have our bar licence and we are planning to open Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner as well as any type of functions.”

They said their restaurant catered to everyone.

“We just thought we could do something different and we have seen the potential of this place,” Jaimon said.

“It's a great spot for families, for our elderly diners and also kids; there is plenty of area for them to play.

“It is away from the hustle and bustle, it is quiet and tranquil.”

To find out more about Turtle’s Paradise Café, Restaurant and Bar, visit the Facebook page here.