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Judging by the queues, this iconic family-owned Punjabi/Pakistani restaurant must be one of the most popular curry houses in town. "Great-tasting food, quick service, buzzing atmosphere and BYO... what more could you want?" asks a fan, and he's not alone. Tayyabs has been doing a roaring trade since 1972, and whether you pitch up on Tuesday lunchtime or Saturday night, it always delivers – with an added party vibe in the dark, jam-packed basement. Standards haven't slipped a jot over the years and punters still rave about the sizzling tandoori lamb chops, the rich karahi chicken and blisteringly hot 'dry meat' – all emphatically spiced, deeply flavoured and perfectly cooked without overdosing on the oil. The puffy roti bread is also "as good as you get in the best home cooking". Tayyabs is "crazy busy", but we still love it.
Tayyabs is one of those Indian restaurants that everyone raves about, mainly for the lamb chops, so I thought it was time I popped down a side street off the Whitechapel Road (a rarity for me) to try it out.The place is staggeringly massive; there are dining rooms galore, all packed full with tables and punters. By 7:30pm the queue was huge. We were plonked next to two boisterous ladies and even though it’s BYOB, and they hadn’t, the words ‘pissed as farts’ sprang to mind...
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'The Lamb Chops,' he said. 'The best lamb chops ever.' Well, yes. They were... really, really, really good. I wouldn't usually go for Indian and order lamb chops. But at Tayyabs, you must. They're delicious. With some secret Indian ingredient, they are succulent and spicy and you just have to forget your Western manners and gnaw every bit of the meat off the bone. Located on Fieldgate Street in Whitechapel, this traditional Punjabi restaurant is a destination restaurant. Off the beaten track from tourists, the place is packed with businessmen, city boys and, most importantly, lots of 'locals' - Asian families....
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Tayyabs Indian in Whitechapel has to be one of the most talked about restaurants in London. First opening its doors back in 1972, this Punjabi creation has had queues spiralling out of its doors and down the road since anyone can remember. Thankfully you can now book and don't just have to turn up in the hope of a table. That said the place is so huge on the inside you'll never be waiting for long. It's like an Aladdin's cave inside - but without the treasures. There's seating upstairs, downstairs, round the corner - they've even got some next to the toilets. With so many people making their way through the doors...
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