83–89 Fieldgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 1JU 020 7247 9543
It’s worth heading a little off the beaten track of curry houses on Brick Lane to tucked-away Tayyab’s, a gem of a Punjabi restaurant on a Whitechapel back street. It was set up in 1972, and still has very much a family feel, run by the three sons of the original owners, but the queues tell you that it’s more popular than ever; book ahead if you can, even on week nights. The decor is a little on the gaudy side, but the authentic and full-flavoured Punjabi food is well worth queuing for – it’s a testament to the place that it’s very much frequented by locals as well as tourists.
This place has been around for a while, and has steadily grown from a small restaurant catering mostly to locals to the gaudy behemoth it is today. They used to serve lassis in tin cups which are now displayed like trophies in a niche on the wall, the waiters now run around with wireless headsets relaying orders, and you'll be rushed in and out, but the food is as spectacular as ever, prices haven't really risen much, and it's far, far better than anything on offer in Brick Lane. Don't miss out on this place if you're looking for some authentic Punjabi cuisine anywhere in East London, in particular the theatrical sizzling grilled lamb chops.
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