Ting Saboteur, the new restaurant by owners of Ting Thai Caravan opened
Ting Saboteur, the new restaurant by owners of Ting Thai Caravan, opened a few doors down from them at the end of summer offering a Vietnamese twist on the successful formula of its sister.
The unassuming dark signage, walls and windows covered with old gym bars don’t really suggest that behind the doors is a bang on restaurant, stripped back in style and with achingly cool hip hop as a soundtrack.
We were shown to our own booth for two, passing a mix of single tables and the signature sharing tables, like Ting Thai, that I’m not so keen on; result. We went straight to the Small Box & Sides section of the menu and ordered Banh Phong Tom (Vietnamese prawn crackers with chilli jam), £2.60, Ga Sa Te (grilled chicken skewers with ajard and peanut sauce), £4.40, and Goi Cuon (fresh summer rolls with prawn and vermicelli noodles), £4.40. The prawn crackers were exactly like a good prawn cracker should be; light, bright white and not greasy. The chilli jam was thick and almost syrupy with the right amount of heat. The spring rolls were also lovely, light and fresh but the chicken skewers bowled us over; the mixture of sharp vinegar in the ajard mixed with deep, delicious nuts, chilli and perfectly cooked chicken.
For mains, I chose the hearty bowl of pho named Bun Bo Hue, £7.80; a braised beef with aromatic herbs, rice noodles, mixed leaves, bean sprouts and chilli oil combo. It was a gargantuan portion - right up my street. The broth light and fragrant, every mouthful was full of unctuous meat, slippery noodles and crunchy veg with a hint of chilli.
My partner chose Vit Curry, £8.90; roasted duck with coconut milk, chilli, basil, lychee, tomato and pepper with a side of Jasmine rice, £1.60. A rich, deep dish that tasted of classic red Thai curry, and devoured in record time before moving on to the Boa Ga Boa Bun, £6.80, - he was hungry after all. The tender and crispy fried chicken served with Asian slaw, sweet chilli mayo and siracha sauce was addictively moreish. It has been talked about since and we’re longing to go back for more. With no dessert menu we were all done within the hour and wholeheartedly satisfied.
Saboteur is unpretentious, serves strikingly good street food with an exciting menu and is roomier than its sister restaurant. We’ll be back, time and time again.
Saboteur, 19-20 Teviot Place, EH1 2QZ, Tel: 0131 623 0384