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|Address:||83 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1JU|
|Tel:||020 7247 9543|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm|
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I've been going to Tayyab since I first moved to London 8 years ago and have never been disappointed – it's vastly superior to the identikit restaurants on Brick Lane (which is, admittedly, easier to get to being only a short stroll from Spitalfields/Liverpool Street and in a nicer area), which I would never choose to go to.
This Saturday was one of the very few occasions when I didn't manage to get a reservation (they were fully booked) and we queued for 20 minutes to get a table – however we were lucky compared to people who turned up after us, at one stage the queue wrapped the whole way around the restaurant! I would strongly recommend making a reservation to avoid hanging around.
Having said that, the food is still wonderful and we enjoyed it all the more for having had to wait. I went with 3 Tayyab Virgins who were all hoping for plain old Chicken Tikka Masala but then gave in and decided to branch out – and were amazed at how much tastier the food was than their usual curry haunts. The lamb chops for starter are amazing, so soft and juicy, really flavoursome and the masala fish went down a storm. For main course the four of us shared 4 naan (their peshwari naans are the best in the business, light and fluffy and not the greasy, doughy lumps you often get at other places), 2 rice, the dry meat (which isn't dry at all, it just means there isn't much sauce), the chickpea chana, karahi dhal gosht (lamb and lentils – divine!) and the chicken keema. We ROLLED out the door, fit to burst, with our leftovers in a little takeaway bag and there wasn't a peep about chicken tikka masala… It helped that we paid £20 each for a pakistani feast.
The three Tayyab Virgins were converted and are all dying to go back. Yum!
PS it's BYOB so stock up before you get to Fieldgate Street to avoid wandering around and being overcharged for Cobra, like we were.