COLLIERS WOOD | SW19
Founded by Garfield and his wife Desiree, Ting N Ting is a local Caribbean restaurant found in the historic Merton Abbey Mills, located along the banks of the River Wandle on the borders of South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood.
Before his restaurant, Garfield appeared on a few food-related TV shows, which included winning an episode of Ready Steady Cook, and being invited to create a ready-made chilled meal to be sold in Sainsbury's, raising £10k for BBC's Children in Need.
His aim is to introduce fine Caribbean foods (whether from from Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados or any of the Caribbean Islands) to the masses. And they're doing a good job, standing the test of time in that same spot for an impressive 15 years.
All their mains come in at £7.90. Their mutton curry is the award-winning one they produced for Sainsbury's (but using lamb instead), with tender chunks of quality mutton, seasoned with a mix of classic Caribbean herbs and spices, and cooked to medium hot. Their jerk is another favourite, with the meat grilled on their constantly smoking BBQ out the front.
If you have some spare change, try some of their patties (£1.50 each), saltfish fritters (£1.75), or fried plantain (£1.50). The restaurant has seating for about 20, with many people in the local area popping in to take away.
Words and photography | Leyla Kazim