The best curry house by far that I have ever eaten in. The sheer quality of the food, both ingredients and cooking, make it the only one I want to visit, even if it is a bit nearer canteen than restaurant. Its popularity speaks volumes. I have been going there for 20 years and never been disappointed
Lahore Kebab House
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Posted: Tue Sep 24 2013
It might not look like much, but Lahore Kebab House is a place of pilgrimage for curry lovers. Queues snake out of the door at weekends, with diners travelling from afar to sample Punjabi-style tandoori grilled meat and generous portions of ghee-laden curry. Bargain prices, attentive service and a BYO policy add to the draw. Piles of sweet onion bhajia and heavily spiced lamb chops might start off a meal, before the choice velvety dals, boldly flavoured curries (many of them on the bone) and buttery nans. The house specials are worth ordering, especially the nihari and dry lamb curry, all served in utilitarian karahi bowls with minimal fuss. Decor is equally no-nonsense. Spartan and to the point, this place is all about the food. Sure, the big LCD screens blaring out IPL games or Bollywood movies are a little distracting, but the open kitchen provides most entertainment. There’s nothing better for whetting the appetite than watching an army of cooks kneading dough for the tandoor and flipping meats on the grill – unless it’s the mouth-watering aromas. Lahore is hard to beat for truly authentic, vivid flavours in a no-nonsense setting: more than worth having to queue.
Lahore Kebab House 2-10 Umberston Street
- Venue phone:
020 7488 2551
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Meals served noon-midnight daily
Tube: Aldgate East or Whitechapel tube
Main courses £6-£10.50. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge
Lahore Kebab House
- 2-10 Umberston Street
- 020 7488 2551
- 2-10 Umberston Street
- Lahore Kebab House
Average User Rating
3.3 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:4
Firstly I love this restaurant, I have been coming since the beginning of the world it seems. The old restaurant, before they spruced it up was a little better, but still this place makes a curry to die for. Because it is so busy at times the consistency drops. The slow cooked mutton for the curry needs much time, slow cooking, to become meltingly soft. In the middle of the massive, open kitchen of cookers, is the largest giant wok shaped pan full of simmering alchemical curry. At it's peak it is almost an elixir of life. My 92 year old mother will not eat at any other curry house whatsoever. If Indiana Jones was alive it would be the magical giant pot of curry he would be after. The seekh kebabs are delicious for starters with hot fresh Roti, as are the meat tikkas. Service is strange, the waiters are affable and polite but food can arrive in a strange order and you may have to nag to get your rotis with your kebabs and even main courses. Hot, freshly made Rotis act to sweep up the delicious curry gravy. The rice comes in giant portions and is delicious. If you are a meat man this place is heaven. Chicken and Mutton Chop and Keema dishes very good too. Vegetarian dishes reasonable but not the best. Still on it's day this is the best mutton curry by far.
I do not know what you know about this place but I been going to this place over 40years when it only had three tables and only four items on the menu and the food was best in UK but since your rating year ago food and customers have change. I would like you to look into history of this place. Very nice owners and staff
I've been eating here for years and bring all my mates who visit me from Liverpool. They love it as much as I do and it's never let me down
Terrible experience. Was very hungry and went to this restaurant. Very bad food - Very bad customer service (While waiting for change £0.85p the customer service guy asked do you want the change and i left the place) I always keeps tips if i am happy with the service. You dont ask for it. Bloody expensive as well. Chicken biriyani cost £8.10. Out of my own personal experience do not go there. You will regret it if you visit. I never comment on any of these review site. but after disappointment i am doing it for the first time.
Excellent Food, HORRIBLE Waiter
After writing the below review, and getting AS BAD A RESPONSE AS YOU CAN EVER IMAGINE (literally):
in which we had been called "cheapskates" for ordering tap water!, we gave the waiters another chance to redeem themselves:
Our Sunday which began well by going to a great movie, was RUINED to bits AGAIN by deciding to go to this place again:
As soon as we entered the place, one of the waiters who had been giving us a sh*t service couple of times recognised us and showed us a table near the toilet. I said we would like to sit near the windows where there were plenty seats. He couldn't disagree with me, but said "By the windows, by the windows, by the windows, by the windows" rolling his eyes with one of his colleagues.
This boiled my blood so much I would punch his f***ing face straight away, but held my nerve for the sake of not ruining my family's appetite (I had already lost mine).
After finishing the lunch, I brought what happened to the manager's attention in front of the above waiter, who suddenly decided he can't speak English, only Urdu! The management apologised which I wasn't after, but said "There must have been communication problem".
Coincidently, this review is 2 years to the day your writer reviewed this place. What a difference two years makes it seems!
When I arrived for lunch on a Sunday, I wondered if I was at the right place. No line snaking out the door, in fact only a handful of people eating in. The place is, well, large, probably seating more than 200; impossibly optimistic I would have thought.
On being seated, a little plate of salad appeared with a small bottle of still water which was not asked for. I ordered a lamb curry, rice, and 2 papadams, which was questioned by the order-taker. I realised that I had over-ordered when they turned up as they were the size of large dinner plates. A heads-up when I ordered would have been helpful. At 7 pounds 95, the main course was a bit dearer than a million other places in the vicinity (still run-down part of London's East End), but the truly outrageous charge was 3.30 (pounds, that is!) for rice!
So the profits of this place clearly fatten up on cheap to churn out rice, and no-name bottles of water (1 pound).
As for the food, it was average at best, a huge disappointment. Coming from Sydney which produces truly great regional varieties of Indian food for a similar cost (except hugely cheaper rice) I felt ripped off.
The service was verging on creepy, and the young waiters had obviously had no training whatsoever, and simply bought stuff to the table and cleared it at the end, loitering about in little groups most of the time.
Do you tip in a joint like this? Absolutely not!
I would say that any of the market stalls and bricks and mortar restaurants in the nearby Brick Lane area would be a better bet on many levels.
Avoid the Lahore unless you like expensive, bland food with low grade service.
Our Saturday was RUINED by going to this restaurant yesterday evening. As soon as we walked a waiter dumped (literally) a bottle of cold water on the table. I told him we can't have cold water as our kids were having a cough lately and asked for a tea. As he said they don't serve tea to my surprise, I asked tap water instead.He didn't listen until I finished my sentence and walked away without saying anything. I had to call him couple of times so that I could order food, and we came up to take the order he impolitely asked what I am going to have. I quickly ordered everything we wanted so that they can be started preparation straight away. But this didn't help as the waiter was adamant I waited as much as possible so he decided to go round the whole restaurant and helping other customers with food choices rather than passing my orders to the kitchen! The tap water I ordered when I entered never arrived and I had to ask for it again. He went away and instead of just bringing that long-waited water, he kept serving others. I knew then I was never going to get a service from this guy, so called another waiter, told him I didn't want to fight for food tonight and politely asked if another waiter could take over the food I had already ordered and told him that I didn't want to speak to the previous waiter. A new waiter came to me and asked what I wanted to order. I repeated myself again and told him to take the food I ordered from our initial waiter. To my disgust, the initial waiter came to my table even tough I had explained that I didn't want to speak to him. I politely asked whether he could pass the order to the new waiter. As he claimed not to understand, I had to repeat the request for the second time... After a while a manager came up and asked what happened. I explained him everything once again. He told the new waiter to check our table in every 2-3 minutes which we clearly didn't need - we JUST WANTED A JUG OF TAP WATER! Even though I didn't like his smile when he once asked whether we wanted anything I decided to tip him up to £10 at the need of the service so that the initial waiter had something to regret about. The food was excellent, apart from undercooked grilled chops which was rushed to us too quickly most probably to please us. We had already eaten some of it (cooked parts) before they took it away, so I said I'm going to pay for the half of it. We were told not to worry about it. Properly cooked chops came late, and as we had lost our appetite due to what happened earlier, I politely asked the food we couldn't eat to be packed for taking away. The new waiter didn't like to request for some reason, and took away half of the food. I expected to came back for the remaining food so that they also could be packed away by the kitchen staff. But he instead decided to serve others and after 5-10 min I had to call another waiter again with the same request... Finally he came back and I asked for a bill. He brought our bill and left straight away. after couple of minutes he came back without a PDQ machine and I told him I'd like to pay with a card. He came back, I paid tipping neither the service nor him. He saw us when we walked out, and rather than saying Thanks for coming or Bye he ignored us and loudly sang a Pakistani song as if they had won. Needless to say We had lost, the excellent effort of the Kitchen was smashed to pieces, and the Waiters had WON!
The Lahore Kebab House is no ordinary kebab house. It's huge and I've never had a problem getting a seat straight away (usually a queue at Tayyabs). It has fantastic atmosphere, the best in East London. It's got a glass fronted open kitchen, and I could watch the goings on in there for hours, especially the guys making the naan breads. The service is quick and the food is tasty, but not the best curry I've had. Reasonably priced, and a bring your own alcohol. I'm a regular and have never been disappointed. Great with a few friends or a big group
Dear all I must have gone to this place after a log time so here goes: Hospitality/Manners: Quite good and was greeted and treated well upon arrival. Food content: hmm ok not that great as I expected. For e.g. A portion for example Chi biryani or curry was rather small especially the biryani as they hardly put any chicken in there and had to ask for more pieces in which they did not refuse. The curry was nothing special but could have been better in quantity and taste so quite poor. Paneer Curry: the overall taste was not that great and felt like the paneer itself was not fresh there is room for improvement. Overall the bill was not that high but for what I had paid the food and service could do with improvement but I do appreciate that the atmosphere is very busy. So will just give the restaurant 2.5 stars
So I had heard the big debate between Tayyabs and LKH having been a firm lover of Tayyabs food, we thought we would go and check out LKH. I had read how LKH had a stripped back atmosphere, bigger tables , no queues and you didn't feel like canned tuna, which sure enough I agreed with. But despite all this, what it boils down to is a question of how good the food is? The answer is that it was extremely disappointing, so I shall justify why. The lamb chops lauded as pretty amazing were thin, lacking in heat but most importantly, lacking in flavour! At over £8 also ridiculously overpriced! The butter chicken which I only tried due to the rave reviews were instead dry, lacking in flavour, oily and lacked butteriness (go figure). The lamb jalfrezi also lacked any flavour and was dry and overcooked. The most flavour we tasted was the coriander that had been added at the end. All the food delivered had become separated with the oil oozing out on each dish. The Pakistani flavours full of richness and spices, deeply ingrained into slow cooked food with love and attention had clearly cracked it, packed up and gone back to Pakistan.The most redeeming quality LKH had was that the tandoori paratha was delicious, so I had two of these but that was the best part of the meal. The hotplates aren't hot whatsover so it defies the point of bringing them on the metal rings. At £30 for 3 dishes, 2 paratha and 1 lassi it is considerably more expensive than Tayyabs for a dirtier (I didn't want to bang on about the hygiene) dining experience. So if the price for a cheaper, cleaner, tastier and more orgasmically satisfying dining experience is to queue for half an hour and feel like canned tuna, then pack your fishing hook cos I'm a tuna!
CHECK YOUR BILL! Every time we go here they seem to overcharge for naans rice etc. Apart from that not bad, mains possibly on the salty side. Can't beat the starters though.
Absolutely fantastic Have been going with family and friends and we all love the food -especially the kebabs! The staff are consistently helpful and will accomodate any food requests No need to look anywhere else, clean, bright, cater for couples, family, and friends Wonderful atmosphere, price is just right, only request - HOT DRINKS LOL
After lots of people recommending us this place, we finally went yesterday with 2 couples of friends and our experience was really bad. We got a table in the second floor, and it was stressing and disturbing. The ambiance is terribly cold and beyond noisy. The food is ok, nothing special though, it didn't taste or look special. I guess our first impression it was a lack of hygiene. All glasses on the table were dirty and the jar of the mango lassi had still a label on (which means, they didn't even wash the jar before using it!). The order was wrong and we got charged wrongly as well. When we were finishing our meal, our table neighbours left: it was the end, we were practically in hell. A waiter was throwing plates and cutlery, making food left overs fall all over the place and so noisy that we only wanted to get the bill and leave. This guy leaved both tables next to us in such a messy state, with food everywhere. It was really disgusting specially if you are still eating. I am normally quite open and an easygoing person. But the experience at Lahore was not only bad but very unpleasant. Therefore I wont recommend anyone to go there.
Bit of a nightmare. Upstairs is so loud you can't hear the people at your own table. It took literally one hour after ordering for our food to arrive on a Thursday night. The order was wrong but who dares ask for corrections when their pace is so slow? The food was very good when we finally got it, especially lamb chops, naan, curry prawns, etc.
The best value meal in London. Don't book . Go early in the evening to be sure of a table. It's BYO but the Cote du Rhone in the offie next door is very good for £8. Starters: lamb chops & Tandoori fish. For mains look no further than the prawn curry with Pilau rice . The plain Nan is the best I have ever had. Sublime. There is much more on the menu but avoid the obvious. All for about £30. I'm a good cook & I eat out a lot. This place is in my top three of the best our great city has to offer. It's cheap, the decor is simple, the food is fantastic, the loos clean. Providing you know good food when you taste it then go! £30 for 2 to 3 people! I've paid so much more for so much worse.
I went there on a for a pre stag. First time I there no waiting, waiters were ok and the kebabs and chops were very tasty.