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Famous for its queues and its legendary lamb chops, Tayyabs brings together hungry locals, bellowing suits and slavering foodies. Extended upwards and outwards over the years, this massive Punjabi-Pakistani canteen is a fast and furious blur of waiters and keyed-up diners but fans still insist it’s ‘worth the wait for the table’. The above-mentioned chops are a must-have (likewise the kebabs, tikkas and mixed grills), while the unappetisingly named but tender ‘dry meat’ has as many advocates again. Veggie dishes are also well worth a punt (try the excellent pumpkin curry or dhal), and accompanying breads are impeccable. The service, alas, doesn’t seem to be getting any better; ‘nagging’ and ‘rushed’ on occasion, it remains Tayyabs’ Achilles heel. Bargain prices are its saving grace, and the corkage-free BYO policy cuts costs even further.


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  1. Published : Tuesday, 10 June 2014

    London Zef :: Tayyabs – Fieldgate St, London E1

    The famous (in London) Tayyabs has been one of my curry mainstays for a few years now. But, it has been a while. The opportunity presented itself recently so I jumped at the chance. However, expectations can be a bitch and my memories of this place differed from my recent experience.

    There were issues with timing, the general state of cleanliness and the service received. The whole place seems to be covered in a film of grease, everywhere (I think a major clean is required). With regards to the staff, it felt as if a large number of them were suffering from P.M.S. (not rude per se, just moody). Altogether...
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  1. For most Londoners, Tayyabs needs no introduction. Away from the tourist trap that is Brick Lane, this Whitechapel stalwart has been serving up inexpensive, quality curries and grills for years. A lot of words have already been written about Tayyabs, so rather than my usual prose I’m going to experiment by writing this review in haiku – the terse but evocative form of Japanese poetry...
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  1. Published : Monday, 8 April 2013

    inher30s :: Tayyabs, the Rajah of the Indian

    Tayyabs, a short walk away from the usual hubbub of Brick Lane, has built itself a bit of a reputation as the best Indian food in London. The prospect of the much famed queues has always put me off though, however when our team at work organised an early 5:30pm dinner, we managed to get a large table and off we went.

    The place was largely deserted when we arrived, however it filled up at high speed. Clearly those in the know know to get here early. Tayyabs is famously BYO, contributing to a very low cost per head!...
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  1. I lived in East London for most of my life; Whitechapel is all too familiar to me. The destination was Tayyabs, a family run Punjabi restaurant since 1972.

    It’s not a very easy place to look for hidden in the backstreets of East London; even I was scared walking around by myself in the dark. I had to make a trip to Tesco beforehand, as Tayyab allows you to BYOB, selecting red wine for our feast...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 19 February 2013

    sexdrugsandbaconrolls :: Tayyabs

    We have heard a lot of positive reviews about Tayyabs, an Indian restaurant in Whitechapel that has been around since the 70’s. It is not an easy task creating a name for yourself in Brick Lane/Whitechapel area as if you have ever been to that area you will realise there are just so many Indian restaurants in that area, competition is rife...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 18 April 2013

    [FEAST to the world] :: Tayyabs, Whitechapel

    The first rule about Tayyabs is : You do not go wearing your best outfits. You will come out smelling like you just had a one week no holds barred rendezvous with the sexiest grilled meat in the world.

    The second rule about Tayyabs is : You do not go alone. You will be tempted to over ordered and therefore you need the extra mouth to eat it all...
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