Perfect For: Big Groups BYOB Casual Weeknight Dinner Literally Everyone
PHOTOS: Karolina Wiercigroch

ou know the scene in Godzilla where people are trying to flee into an air raid shelter and are kicking and punching to squeeze every last body in? That’s what the queue to get in is like at Tayyabs. Not to reserve it or to put your name down, but to physically get to the damn table. It’s sweaty, exhilarating, and actually kind of fun.

Truth be told, it doesn’t actually take that long to get seated, and once you do, you’ll understand why we love Tayyabs so much. The Punjabi food is as authentic as it gets and people have been coming here to have a good time for years, long before East London meant eating gourmet thin-crust pizza on a rowing boat on the River Lee. It’s Perfect For getting lairy and having an unpretentious night over a few platters of sizzling lamb chops, and absolutely worth enduring the District Line to Whitechapel for.

It’s BYOB, so make sure to grab a few cans of Red Stripe at the off-license around the corner before squeezing past the scrum. Because in the movies, it’s always a matter of life and death. And at Tayyabs, lamb chops are life.

Food Rundown

Dry Lamb Curry

You need curry on your table at Tayyabs, and the dry lamb curry is a can’t miss. Mop up the sauce with plain rice or bread.

Karolina Wiercigroch
Mixed Grill

Order this and watch your friends wrestle each other over kebabs and the legendary lamb chops. We wouldn’t blame them.

Karolina Wiercigroch
Lamb Chops

Instead of the grill, you could just get a sizzling platter of chops. Lots of places have made lamb chops trendy, but Tayyabs is still the daddy.

Keema Naan

Think that artisanal sourdough you had the other day was good? This bread has meat in it. 1-0 Tayyabs.

Karolina Wiercigroch
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