Tayyabs, a massively oversubscribed Pakistani canteen located on a Whitechapel backstreet, ‘enjoys its cult status’, as one regular astutely observes. This ‘hidden gem’ is reputed to be ‘the best Pakistani restaurant in London’ & fans come from all over town to eat here, sometimes without a reservation – more fool they. The queue (‘prepare to wait up to three hours’) is as famous as the sizzling lamb chops are legendary. It is jumpable, however: a booking should reduce your wait to about an hour. Yikes. The best way to enjoy Tayyabs is in a group, so you can sample a wide range of grills, kebabs, curries & vegetables with plenty of BYO booze. The food is ‘second to none’, but ‘shocking’, ‘surly’ & ‘aggressive’ service can be the downside, & the surroundings (cramped, hot & noisy) certainly won’t be to everybody’s taste. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
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