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Tayyab -- London

Steve R. | Jul 1, 2005 10:46 AM

On recommendation from good sources, and since we have an unlimited weekly travelpass to use, we went out to Whitechapel (northeast'ish) for lunch at a place called Tayyab. Was expecting it to be a storefront quick food spot, but found a good looking, informally decorated large space with friendly professional service instead. I am absolutely no expert on this, but I've eaten various Indian foods for a number of years in NYC. Everything from the original Jackson Diner (when first taken over from a Swedish diner about 20 years ago) to small family run places like "5 Star Punjabi" in Long Island City, which is barely a taxi stop with good butter chicken and garlic naan. At any rate, Tayyab absolutely impressed me. Of course, the 2 of us couldnt sample too much during one lunch, but what we had was excellent and very inexpensive (a welcome relief to us). The mutton kebob app. was very flavorful meat with subtle spicing that built up; the lamb with lentils (daal gosht?) was also choice meat without any of the greasiness that cheaply made dishes can have; the chicken dish was similarly tasty and the sweet lassi was very large, thick and cut the spices nicely. The naan was a large freshly baked loaf, well made. Very happy couple -- only 16pounds for the 2 of us & quite full. Anyone interested, its the District Line to Whitechapel & the address is 83 Fieldgate St. Facing the hospital on Whitechapel, walk to the right side of the hospital (toward the gherkin) and Fieldgate begins parallel to Whitechapel one block away. Turn right a half block.

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