I've been pretty remiss here, so I'll try and make that up. Mongo is right that The Tings are on the sweet side, but the ingredients were fresh and good quality.
Ting Saboteur is the more "Vietnamese" one, and I got the bun bo hue:
Besides granting that it's sweeter than it should be, this was a pretty nice soup. The noodles were not mushy and there was enough chili flavor to almost pull it off. While I wouldn't order this again, I was happy to get something with a bit of heat.
Another day I went in and asked for something with a lot of veg. Vegetables (other than mushy peas and questionable salads) are not easy to come by. The waitress recommended this: Mi Ga Curry, which while "westernized", was actually exactly what I wanted.
and yeah, it's in a fookin' box. But it's 6.80 (pounds, I don't have that symbol on my inadequate american keyboard)
After my awful lunch at dishoom (more later), I walked up and over the hill and was hungry. My bus stop to morningside from the center is right on the corner from here, so I stopped in for *something*, and got the satay. I expected it to be on a skewer, but no, it's in a box. But it was really good.
chicken, chilis, cukes, onions, peanuts. Best 4.40 I ever spent.
Ting Saboteur website: http://www.saboteurrestaurant.com/
At Ting Thai, just down the block, a similar situation, but the australian waitress was charming and a little flirtatious. I liked it.
I don't have pics, but the first visit I got the crunchy fried tofu and the thai beef salad, and the second visit the green curry. The tofu was a little dry, I was expecting an agadashi treatment ( i know...japanese), but it wasn't bad, just wouldn't reorder. The other dishes were good, and neither were too sweet, but maybe my palate was adjusting?