If you're down South Wimbledon way with a yearning for some home style Caribbean cooking then Ting n Ting is where it's at. Nestled by the River Wandle at the old Liberty Print works (Merton Abbey Mills) it's an unexpected haven where those lucky enough to have been to the Windies will have their memories stirred and those who've not been as fortunate will sit dreaming of jetting off as soon as their wallet will let them.
Host and cookhouse captain Garfield, one-time winning guest of Can't Cook Won't Cook, who once described his occupation as "chicken jerker" has you covered. Born in Grenada Garfield was introduced to the culture shock of Britain in the late 60s by way of a school match of rugby in the snow. The world's moved on and his Caribbean food is as now as British as the revered curry.
Anything between a fiver and a tenner will see the expected options ticked off. Jerk pork or chicken, spicy beef, mutton curry and the odd exotic fish dish all come up to muster. Vegetarians don't fret - roti, callaloo, plantain and the old fave rice and peas will do you just fine and his sweet potato curry is a thing of beauty.
Time it right, Fridays in summer sees his resident record deck cranked up, the Red Stripe and Carib flowing along with old school dub and a raucous hand of dominoes. Just don't be in a rush, it's the kind of place where "easy now" ain't just a pleasantry, it's the entire MO.
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