Ting Thai Caravan recently won the List Magazine best newcomer award and it is very well deserved! Strangely in this day and age though it does not have a website or god forbid twitter, although their facebook page is pretty good for any information you need.
We have been 4 times since the restaurant opened and every time has been fabulous. It’s insouciantly cool and low-key inside, with communal wooden tables, a wall of gig posters and The Stooges, The Undertones and Nick Drake on the stereo one time and some early 90’s hip hop ‘salt n peppa’ style the next time. We have always found it to be home to a real mixed crowd of people from students to office workers and everyone in between.
Ting Thai is a street food restaurant that has its roots as a pop-up, which appeared at various addresses, including nearby Forrest Road, during Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe in recent years. The soot-colored exterior is dark, the signage is understated. The menu divided into categories including Rice & Noodle, Soup Bowl, Other Box, Sides, Beer/Wine Snacks and Small Box.
We settled on three boxes to share between the two of us as starters, and a main course each. These arrived all at the same time, each in a cardboard take-away box. Nestled on a salad of lettuce, chilli and shallots, the bubble prawns are my favourite. You get 3 in the box and they are really well priced at £3.60. Sweet potato crispies were just perfect as were our chilli squid and crispy pork.
Onto mains and my Steak and prawn was really tender and tasty. A little on the spicy side and just how I like it! I had it with a coconut rice and the boy had the moo yang (£7.80, also available as a smaller portion for £5.20). Though the pair of pork cutlets were huge with a caramelised coating of sesame, honey and palm sugar. Singha beer topped off our meal and it was very reasonable at £20 per person.
I love this place for its exciting tasty food at such affordable prices in a really fun easy going atmosphere – please don’t let the caravan leave town!