I went to Tayyab's for the second time last night with some friends. My first visit was back in January, and I thought it was better than average, but not great. I like their chicken tikka masala especially, because the chicken is grilled and tender, and the sauce is not overly creamy. On this visit, I again liked the chicken tikka masala - it's a pretty good rendition. But everything was merely "pretty good" - nothing really stands out, and I would imagine that there are dozens (if not hundreds) of restaurants within 5 miles of Tayyab's that offer pretty much the same thing foodwise.
Tayyab's is definitely a scene. Even on a Monday night! There are a lot of waiters. Lots of tables packed together. Lots of people who are convinced that the food here is much better than anywhere else.
Banana lassi is quite good, but it doesn't taste like yogurt at all. I think it might just be banana milk, or perhaps it has a very small amount of yogurt? One of my friends had the mango lassi, which tasted similarly milky (and not yogurty).
We had 3 sikh kebabs, a chicken tikka, young pumpkin, aloo palak, chicken tikka masala, garlic naan, regular naan, and rice. No big complaints about anything, but nothing very positive to say either.
So, has Tayyab's gone down hill? Is it just surviving off of its hype? Or maybe it was never that good? I am thinking that it might be similar to Burma Superstar in San Francisco - this place was always really popular, had a line out the door, and was quite trendy but still reasonably priced and had professional service. The food was sometimes really good, but then perhaps started to slip, perhaps as its popularity with tourists and non-chowhounds (people who eat where they are told) increased and they started to be the most frequent customers.
Burma Superstar and Tayyab's are both better-than average restaurants - prices are pretty good, service is efficient.....but perhaps both have now lost something that made them both so popular to begin with?
Anyway, I'm pretty much over it. Next time someone suggests Tayyab's, where should I propose we go instead?
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