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2014 3 Apr


von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | Comments off

Thanks to Manafonista Bob I ended up in the Indian quarter of London town. Tayyabs is a fantastic Indian restaurant, in its own peculiar way. It opened its doors near Brick Lane in 1972, and every year it gets busier and busier. From its original premises in a small café (so I read in a magazine), it has gradually swallowed up the pub next door. If you come here expecting a relaxing evening, cheery service or an intimate atmosphere, you’ll be disappointed: this is a full-on, massive, hectic, loud, in-and-out sort of place. Also, come here very early, or, without booking, expect to wait up to an hour for a table. But I recommend this Punjabi stalwart wholeheartedly because of the cheapness and unreserved boldness of the food. Don’t even think about visiting without trying the fiery grilled lamb chops, which is still one of London’s best dishes. The rest of the menu is all about rich dahls and masala channa; unctuous, slow-cooked lamb curries; and good versions of North Indian staples – onion bhaji, spice-rubbed tikka, hot, buttery breads and juicy kebabs. Regulars look to the daily specials, such as Karahi lamb chop curry on Thursdays, or meat biryani on Fridays. (83-89 Fieldgate Street)

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