Tayyabs

Price guide: Budget

83-89 Fieldgate Street, London, E1 1JU

Price guide: Budget

The famous neon sign

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

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#108 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.5
3.5
Ambience:
3.2
3.2
Service:
3
3.0
Location:
2.5
2.5
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Stag / hen parties, Nightlife

Expert review of Tayyabs

This 36-year-old family-run Pakistani restaurant has become a London icon.

A hit amongst City workers and east London residents for years, Punjabi restaurant Tayyabs hit the national headlines when Zagat’s revealed it had been awarded more points for food than most of the UK’s Michelin-starred restaurants. The cooking is not as consistent as that might suggest, however, and you may be faced with long queues for tables even if you’ve booked, but it certainly beats anywhere on Brick Lane, London’s famous strip of curry houses.

Food and drink: 

Grilled meats, produced using fresh, home-made marinades, and herb-packed kebabs are the signature but Tayyabs also serves a range of curries and vegetarian dishes. The breads and dals are very good. Look for the weekly and daily specials, and the counter of colourful homemade sweets.

Ambience: 

Once inside, there are few hints that the place is a former pub (in fact the restaurant started in the greasy spoon next door). Modernisation has brought bright orange, mustard and red tones, streamlined chairs, a Bollywood soundtrack and a shiny stainless steel open kitchen. It can be rowdy: you’ll be dining with City workers as well as east London residents, students and people from the Pakistani community across the capital.

Service: 

Tends to be (understandably) rushed.

Location: 

An uninviting Whitechapel backstreet.

Price advice: 

The prices are a key attraction. The average spend is £18 per head but you can pay much less if you choose carefully. You can bring your own alcohol too, and there’s no corkage charge.

More information on Tayyabs:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Indian, Traditional
Address:
83-89 Fieldgate Street, London, E1 1JU
Telephone:
020 7247 6400
Website:
http://www.tayyabs.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun noon-11.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Tayyabs? Would you recommended it?