Tayyabs

Halal, Indian·
££££
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Bronze Award
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London, E1 1JU ·Website ·Call020 7247 9543

SquareMeal Review of Tayyabs

Bronze Award

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Standing in line at venerable Tayyabs, it’s impossible not to wonder if it’s all worth it. But, once the queuing is over (factor in an hour), you’ll soon forget the hassle as the sound, smell and (finally) the taste of those sizzling hot tandoori lamb chops assails you. Since this “manic” family-run canteen started life on its east London backstreet in 1972, it’s been gussied-up just a little (the new bronze chairs and latticed screens actually look pretty smart), but it remains one of London’s favourite low-budget eateries, as popular with families and students as it is with rowdy City parties and mates on the town. Of course, you must have the lamp chops, but don’t overlook the biryani specials, “amazing” pumpkin curry and the better-than-it-sounds ‘dry meat’. Tayyabs is BYO, so choose something spice-friendly to go with your nosh. “Quick service” is exactly what’s required too.

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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Cuisines
Halal, Indian
Ambience
Cool, Fun
Food Occasions
Byob
People
Group dining [8+]
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Location for Tayyabs

83-89 Fieldgate Street, London, E1 1JU

020 7247 9543

Website

Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm

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38 Reviews 
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Anon

Overpriced and cheated on the bill
09 June 2021  

Food is really bad, over priced and over charged me. Always check your bills before you pay but I won't be going there. 

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Anon

Overpriced and cheated on the bill
09 June 2021  

Food is really bad, over priced and over charged me. Always check your bills before you pay but I won't be going there. 

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Anon

go in the afternoon
18 December 2020  

at night tayyabs is a victim of its own success however if you can go in the afternoon it really is a great experience and the food is fantastic

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Alex G

Old school rules
13 February 2019  

Any restaurant that not only opened in 1972 but has expanded its premises since then must clearly be doing something right. That there are often customers queuing (an hour’s wait is apparently not abnormal) is further testament to Tayyabs. Based on our recent week night visit – which fortuitously did not involve any queuing – the reason is very apparent. It has nothing to do with the insalubrious venue/ décor, and everything to do with the food: which was top-quality and delivered at compelling prices. My comrade and I dined at Tayyabs for ~£20/head and came away highly contented. The culinary angle is Punjabi cooking, where lamb is the main meat under consideration and the emphasis is on either grilling or slow-cooking it. The restaurant’s lamb chops (priced at 4 for £7.95) have assumed an almost legendary status in some culinary circles and I was informed that no meal at Tayyabs was complete without sampling said dish. They lived up to the promise, delivered to us dark and sizzling, spicy and smoky to taste with a comforting chewiness. Combined with tender chicken tikka pieces and a pleasingly sweet seekh kebab, the starter selection would have been enough for many. Nonetheless, we resolutely pushed on to mains. Diners get to choose from around a dozen meat and a further dozen vegetarian options as well as a range of specialities including a novel daily dish. I went for the latter, as much as anything since I had never sampled curried quail (pictured) before. The meat was wonderfully tender and melded seamlessly into the chilli-infused sauce. A thumbs up too from the chicken and spinach main selected by my comrade. The tables are cramped, service is performed without much love and the venue can get very noisy, but none of this matters when the cooking is this good. There is no alcohol licence at Tayyabs so there is the added bonus on being able to bring your own booze: a sure-fire method for improving the evening.

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Gad M

Disgraceful Service! Aggressive and hostile treatment from senior management
20 November 2016  
I have been to Tayyabs several times in the past. It's cheap, BYOB, and the food is decent. However, my issue is with the staff, in particular the manager. It was my girlfriend's birthday and I had purchased a personalised cake and bought it to the restaurant shortly before she arrived, with clear instructions on when to bring it out. There is a £10 charge for them to bring the cake out. This is pretty steep, but what the hell; she'd love the surprise. So here goes.. We finish our meals, my friend goes over and asks them to start preparing the cake. A waiter then comes over, clears our table, and starts setting out small plates with spoons...surprise over. One of the waiter then walks over and brashly announces to the whole table "where is the cake?", at this point I am appalled. My friend goes over to speak to the main desk and they give him the cake in the box it came in. He explains, they are charging us to present the cake, after which the rudely agree. Then they come back to the table and ask for candles. I give them candles. 10 minutes later, surprise completely over, they bring the cake. Then the bill comes with the £10 charge. I tell them I'd like this to be removed because of the hassle that was involved and fact they spoilt the surprise. The waiter says no, calls over a more senior manager. This guy also says no, all very rudely and aggressively. He then calls over the general manager. I reasonably state why I don't think this charge should be added, all things considered. The general manager, in a very hostile manner, out right refuses, with no explanation, attempt to discuss the point, just shouts that I have to pay the bill, "or else" as he aggressively put it. I continued to debate the issue, after seeing these are completely unreasonable people I begrudgingly had to pay the charge, life is too short. For a restaurant that features in Time Out, had a table bill of over £100 and had ruined a very simple request, they had the audacity to still charge £10 for bringing our own cake. I am most frustrated by the aggressive, disrespectful and outright nasty behaviour of the manager. This is an absolute disgrace and there should be consequences to treating human beings this way, let alone paying customers. There are much nice restaurants close by that offer BYOB and great food. I'd urge decent people to avoid Tayyabs and go to one of the other alternatives. This kind of behaviour should not be allowed to slide.
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Zoe W

17 April 2014  
Can't say more than the whole experience was horrendous. The queue for a table is exceptionally long and the manager will just seat his ‘special’ guests when they just walk in making ya wait even longer in line. We sat behind a table of ten young city banker guys who where all making themselves sick at the table on purpose and the staff refused to do anything! We left and the guys where still allowed to throw up at their table! Food was tough and chewy and the chicken, and jamb all tasted the same. It is like bring in a school canteen with people pushing and shoving and not a great experience at all. First and mart times will ever eat there! How can they slow people yo throw up and kept them still be in the restaurant with people eating all around them!
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The worst indian restaurant ever
16 February 2014  
Dirty, crowdy, noisy. Moreover, even if you booked a table you need to wait at least 30mn before being seated and 1h more before being served. TO AVOID!!!
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Monika S

Best Pakistani bites
27 August 2013  
Tayyabs is a quick-eat, casual Pakistani restaurant and can be found a stones throw from the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel (near Shoreditch, worth venturing to). This is not the place for lounging around over a curry and the decor is a little brash. Also, prepare to queue unless you go at odd hours eg 5pm or earlier and fill your boots with some of the best and freshest Pakistani food in London at exceptionally reasonable prices. Once in, order hot, buttery, fluffy naans, anything from the sizzling grill (Tandoori chicken and lamb chops are a must for carnivores), daal begum (spicy mini aubergines and daal) and spicy keema are the highlights. The hot sauce with the poppadums should be marketed on its own, it's that good. You can bring your own alcohol or slurp on chilli-quenching mango lassis. A Brucie bonus is that they offer a takeaway service (collection only).
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Pankaj P

Nice one
19 April 2013  
will visit again for dinner.
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Farooq S

Rude waiters, awful food, terrible experience, waste of money and time
01 April 2013  
Visited with the family last night. Staff was unwelcoming and rude. Food was below average. Very noisy place. Would never go back again and would not recommend to anyone.
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