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‘The hordes aren’t (yet) queuing around the block’ at Whitechapel’s Needoo Grill, but the inference is they soon will be. This ‘dirt cheap’ Pakistani canteen was opened by a former manager of local
legend Tayyabs. After three years of trading, the place still can’t escape the comparisons with its ‘more famous cousin around the block’. Luckily, Needoo doesn’t come off too badly. The lamb chops
may not be ‘quite up there’ but the poppadoms, kebabs, wide selection of vegetable curries & daily specials such as meat pilau & lamb korma are of a consistently high standard. The venue
itself, all hard, shiny surfaces in red & black with ‘Bollywood blaring from the big-screen TV’, isn’t pretty, but it is relatively ‘low key’. Friendly service is a selling point. Needoo Grill
is BYO & corkage-free, so bills are low even ‘after eating like royalty for an hour’.
Tayyabs is my favourite Indian restaurant in London - I've been more times than I can count and despite invaribaly leaving painfully full and stinking of curry and frying meat, I don't seem to be able to keep away. However, sometimes it's nice to try something new...Just around the corner, Needoo Grill is run by a former manager of the Tayyabs enterprise, and having heard rumours that the food is just as good, I happily tagged along when my boyfriend's team headed there for a blow-out meal.As with Tayyabs, the tandoori starters are king, and our table made the compulsory over-sized order of sizzling lamb chops (seriously,...
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