Tayyabs is a restaurant in Whitechapel that specialises in Punjabi cuisine. I went there last month for a birthday celebration. Indian food was not the first choice; the original plan had been to go to Yum Yum in Stoke Newington for Thai food, which I had really been looking forward to, but things didn’t work out. So Tayyabs was suggested instead.
Although I was disappointed about Yum Yum, I am a food lover and love to eat all types of cuisine, so did not mind the change too much.
When we entered the restaurant, it was packed right up to the doorway. This was definitely an indication of its popularity, but still frustrating. There were plenty of big groups like ours waiting to be seated. It took more than an hour for a table to be cleared for us, so when we were finally given a place, we pounced on the poppadoms, dips and salad that were set between us.
As suggested, some of us decided to share our starters and mains, because the food would be too much to handle on one’s own. We ordered shami kebabs, lamb chops, garlic naan and peshwari naan (this was deliciously sweet, as it was filled with buttery desiccated coconut) to share.
The shami kebabs were spicy, but I loved it.
The lamb chops were so good, despite a slight chewiness.
The main dishes consisted of curries, which is Indian specialty. We had the curried chicken and gosht (lamb) with shared pilau rice.
I preferred the gosht over the curried chicken.
We did not need to fill up our plates. I even began to feel my trousers getting a little tight around the waistline after the starters alone, but the meal was just so tasty.
Apart from the rowdy eaters and delayed service, I thoroughly enjoyed the food. It most probably will not come to mind when choosing somewhere to eat in the future, but I have to say that Tayyabs mastered their own very well.
Have you ever been to Tayyabs?
*This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.