83–89 Fieldgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 1JU

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.

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