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Tayyabs opened its doors in 1972 and has been outrageously popular ever since – the former café expanding into neighbouring premises and moving modestly upmarket in the interim. Crowds still queue for the top-quality Punjabi-Pakistani food offered at bargain-basement prices; long rows of tables are packed with an excited mix of locals, City types and keen foodies who’ve made the pilgrimage for the renowned lamb chops (“among the best in town”) and other scorchingly grilled meats. Pillow-soft rotis are perfect for mopping up spicy, rich karahi chicken served in a piping-hot metal bowl. Vegetable curries such as saag aloo, and the thick dhal dishes, are equally flavourful. Service is fast and perfunctory, but a BYO policy, pewter water jugs automatically placed on the table and complimentary dishes of salad show that staff at this family-owned stalwart really do care. “Mad busy, but we always get a smile”, as a reader confirms.


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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. 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 : 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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  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, 4 September 2012

    fatmanclaphand :: Tayyabs: currying no favour

    Tayyabs has an almost mythical status in London. "Should have gone to Tayyabs" is a well-known refrain to people who make the frequent mistake of having a curry on Brick Lane. I always do it when slightly worse for wear out east on a weekend. I stumble from "London's best curry house 2008" to "London's best curry house 2009", entering full of promise and cumin-inspired excitement and leaving wondering if Craig Charles awarded the restaurants their dubious titles.

    Tayyabs is different to most Indian restaurants. For a start, it's got an android app when most curry houses opt for about 3 phone numbers instead....
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 28 May 2013

    vialaporte :: Tayyabs // Whitechapel // London

    Brick Lane may be famous across the world for curry, but there’s a Punjabi restaurant around the corner that Londoners smugly pride themselves in knowing as the best. A well-kept secret Tayyabs is not, as the no-booking three-floor restaurant normally has a queue extending out the door. Don’t come here if you expect reverential service or an elegant dining room, what the repeat customers crave here is the incredibly tasty simple food, delivered by an army of waiters that whack plates on tables as quickly as the grill can go. While not in the Michelin Guide, Tayyabs certainly deserves a bib before pricer, below average...
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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. '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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