Ting Thai Caravan

Restaurants Old Town
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

An innovative menu of cheap and hearty Thai street food. Service is friendly and the atmosphere unpretentious

Few things are more pleasing than seeing a great little pop-up get the recognition it deserves, and so it is with Ting Thai Caravan. Started as a small festival pit-stop, Ting Thai began life just around the corner from where it now has permanent residence.

Once serving just four great Thai dishes, it now boasts a hearty street food menu of thoughtful innovations and taste combinations. Right at the centre of the enterprise is chef Ting. He learned his trade while serving street food with his parents in Thailand – before going on to cook for the king (yes, really). But there’s no standing on ceremony here. This is an establishment proud of its pared down, hip canteen-style vibe. Service is über-friendly; happy diners merrily eat from brown cardboard cartons. The menu is separated into rice and noodle boxes, curries, soups and ‘small bowls’, with food available to eat in or take away. Those who opt for the former can perch on stools on long wooden communal tables, rubbing shoulders with droves of locals, many of whom are students, or the odd suit on their lunch break.

Highlights of the menu (and there are many) include succulent marinated chicken dish Gai Cha Plu and The Nam Tok Nua, a fresh, spicy take on the traditional Thai beef salad. Heartier dishes, such as the moreish Gaeng Pha Talay, a seafood jungle curry, burst with flavour. Although it’s the same menu throughout the day, prices and portions go up slightly at night, so expect to pay anything from £4 to £9 as the day progresses.

The drinks menu is joyfully unpretentious, with wine offered simply as ‘red, white or bubbles’, a couple of beer choices, and a few nippy hard liquor options (Mekhong whisky, anyone?). The non-alcoholic Thai juices are also a hit, rounding off a pretty perfect cheap eats experience. Not one fit for a king, maybe, but easily good enough for hungry ’Burghers.

By: Anna Millar

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Venue name: Ting Thai Caravan
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Address: 8-9 Teviot Place
Edinburgh
EH1 2QZ
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Always have a beautiful meal here, it's so good that we are more than happy to wait in line outside, clutching menus and trying to decide from all the delicious choices. Beef Massaman curry is an absolute highlight and hard to go past, and the Moo Yang sticky pork is another favourite. Really can't go wrong with your choices, delicious Thai food at a great price, but be ready for a bit of a wait during peak times. The staff are always friendly even when it is really busy. An Edinburgh favourite! 

Tastemaker

LOVED IT!  There was a bit of a queue outside but we were kept updated with times as we waited and it moved quickly.  When people left there was a quick turnaround to get people sat down so you felt like the staff were really trying to get you in out of the rain/wind/Scottish summer. The food was delicious, we perhaps ordered a little too much as everything looked so great.  The Steak salad main course was divine, seasoned and cooked to perfection with the right level of spice.  The chicken wings were small but tasty, they are listed as a side dish and rightly so. The Thai beef salad was wonderful but do not ignore the note which mentioned that it is spicy....it is!  I am sure they would be happy to reduce the spice if required as it seems to be added during the preparation rather than marinated.  The pork skins are like fancy pork scratchings mixed with popcorn and a great addition to the table.  The seafood with massamam broth was flavoursome and devoured completely.  The service was a bit hit and miss, one girl clearly knew what she was doing and was completely comfortable dealing with several tables and orders at once but others seemed a little confused/flustered by the number of people coming through the door.  The place is small but well laid out, be prepared to sit close to the person next to you at communal tables and refill your water jug at the water fountain yourself (if you order the thai beef salad you will need this ;)).  Casual, cheap and delicious.....is there really much more that you need from a restaurant!!! 

Staff Writer

Ting Thai Caravan sure looks cool, with its exposed filament lightbulbs and queue for miles out the door, but I was expecting rather better things from their food. Everything we ordered tasted good, sure, but far less exciting than it sounded on the menu (that we'd been staring at hungrily for 20 minutes or so while we waited outside). It was affordable and satisfying so definitely worth a visit, but try to pick a quiet moment so you don't spend your whole evening on the place.