My very first dinner in London was at Tayyabs. They’ve served their Pakistani-Punjabi styled cuisines since 1974. The local climate was about 2 degrees upon landing with a bout of morning snow, so comforting curries would do the trick for this evening. Tayyabs is huge in size, over many levels, but still can be at busting point with queues down the street. We enjoyed a mix of the lamb chops, kebabs, curries and naan. All very excellently priced. All prepared decently well. I liked the flavour of the curries but the serving sizes were curious. Naan was fine but the grilled meats were definitely the best part for our dinner. Tayyabs also has a good rep for covering off the vegetarian palates too so it’s an easy crowd pleaser.
We started off our evening with a selection of the meats. The four piece lamb chops (£7) and a few of the seekh kebabs (£1.10). Lamb was lovely and juicy and the kebabs were a good finger of meat that was tender and aromatic. Some of the quirks of London dining present itself here: including complimentary pre-meal snack items, but chargeable water and service fees. I guess it all balances itself, and overall Tayyabs is one of the cheaper dine out meals around town.
We had some naan bread selections, the garlic one is at the £2.20 mark. Decent fluffiness but not quite as airy as the one from Mukka that I quite enjoy, which is also a bit more potent in the garlic aspect as well.
The curries come at us quick but are at an odd sized. It’s not quite enough for a single person serving but I guess everyone gets to try a spoonful or two. The food at Tayyabs isn’t expensive by any means mind you, with the karahi chicken saag (£7.75) and the Saag paneer (£6.20). The curries weren’t as hot (in terms of temperature) as the exposed plates would suggest, but the flavours are all there and there is a rich authenticity to the dishes.
Rather than another bottle of the dollar still water we had the mango lassi. So huge! Its £5.80 and more than enough for everyone to get a massive pour.
We were fans of the experience of Tayyabs. A little puzzled towards the approach of the curriesm but the venue was a perfect resting spot for the evening with food that’s well priced in a unpretentious setting in the city. Well worth checking out for a more authentic bite.