A huge, full-on and cheerfully cheap curry house that enjoys mythical status among Londoners and should be on the bucket list of everyone living in the capital.
We’ve featured Tayyabs every year since it opened in 1972, and every year it gets busier and busier. From its original premises in a small café, it has gradually swallowed up the pub next door. If you come here expecting a relaxing evening, cheery service or an intimate atmosphere, you’ll be disappointed: this is a full-on, massive, hectic, loud, in-and-out sort of place. Also, if you come here without booking, expect to wait up to an hour for a table. But we recommend this Punjabi stalwart wholeheartedly because of the cheapness and unreserved boldness of the food. Don’t even think about visiting without trying the fiery grilled lamb chops, which is still one of London’s best dishes. The rest of the menu is all about rich dahls and masala channa; unctuous, slow-cooked lamb curries; and good versions of North Indian staples – onion bhaji, spice-rubbed tikka, hot, buttery breads and juicy kebabs. Regulars look to the daily specials, such as Karahi lamb chop curry on Thursdays, or meat biryani on Fridays. The corkage-free BYO policy doesn’t do its popularity any harm either.
83-89 Fieldgate Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-11.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Aldgate East or Whitechapel tube|
|Price:||Main courses £6.50-£25.80. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
2.8 / 5
- 5 star:23
- 4 star:16
- 3 star:10
- 2 star:13
- 1 star:36
I have been to Tayyabs several times in the past. It's cheap, BYOB, and the food is decent. However, my issue is with the staff, in particular the manager.
It was my girlfriend's birthday and I had purchased a personalised cake and bought it to the restaurant shortly before she arrived, with clear instructions on when to bring it out. There is a £10 charge for them to bring the cake out. This is pretty steep, but what the hell; she'd love the surprise.
So here goes..
We finish our meals, my friend goes over and asks them to start preparing the cake. A waiter then comes over, clears our table, and starts setting out small plates with spoons...surprise over.
One of the waiter then walks over and brashly announces to the whole table "where is the cake?", at this point I am appalled. My friend goes over to speak to the main desk and they give him the cake in the box it came in. He explains, they are charging us to present the cake, after which the rudely agree. Then they come back to the table and ask for candles. I give them candles.
10 minutes later, surprise completely over, they bring the cake.
Then the bill comes with the £10 charge. I tell them I'd like this to be removed because of the hassle that was involved and fact they spoilt the surprise. The waiter says no, calls over a more senior manager. This guy also says no, all very rudely and aggressively. He then calls over the general manager. I reasonably state why I don't think this charge should be added, all things considered. The general manager, in a very hostile manner, out right refuses, with no explanation, attempt to discuss the point, just shouts that I have to pay the bill, "or else" as he aggressively put it.
I continued to debate the issue, after seeing these are completely unreasonable people I begrudgingly had to pay the charge, life is too short.
For a restaurant that features in Time Out, had a table bill of over £100 and had ruined a very simple request, they had the audacity to still charge £10 for bringing our own cake. I am most frustrated by the aggressive, disrespectful and outright nasty behaviour of the manager.
This is an absolute disgrace and there should be consequences to treating human beings this way, let alone paying customers.
There are much nice restaurants close by that offer BYOB and great food. I'd urge decent people to avoid Tayyabs and go to one of the other alternatives. This kind of behaviour should not be allowed to slide.
It was too busy and it seems they can't manage - the waiting time for the table is never realistic - I was told 5 mins on numerous occasions & ended up waiting 40 mins - staff were very rude throughout & the food was over cooked - used to be a great place but has gone downhill - won't be going back again
One of the worst restaurant ever I visited. Went there after seeing the ratings from timeout website but very dissatisfied and gravely disappointed with service, quality of food, cleanliness and the treatment from management when I complained.
Staff were rude, grumpy, miserable. Do not care about customer service and when I asked for the manager to complain had shocker that he was the one who was rude to us when we entered but still voiced my opinion, however he thinks he wasn't and he feels he is get too many customers and believes they are doing very good and ny complain is baseless. By the way manager called me "Bro" when was complaining- is pathetic
Please think twice before go there
Was so dissatisfied with the service, so much so that it has forced me to write a review and I am the kind of person that never writes a review.
The customer service was extremely poor, glasses set out on the table were dirty!! The waitor looked at us annoyed with our pushchairs, and says in a rude tone 'Where Am I suppose to put these?!' Then implies that we hurry up and order so that we can leave quickly.
My friends little toddler accidently dropped salad on the floor, when we in formed the waiter, he comes out with 'what do you want me to do about it?!'
Didn't even offer to replace the salad, and we didn't dare ask, as we didn't want to be rudely spoken to again. We felt like we had to rush our food and leave. Never going back there again. Definitely not worth it!! They have a reputation for their rude customer service.
PLEASE DO NO NOT GO TO THIS HORRIBE RESTAURANT!!!! THERE ARE MOUSE DROPPINGS ON THE FLOOR AND THE FOOD WAS DISGUSTING!!!!
The worst Indian restaurant ever Dirty, crowdy, noisy. Moreover, even if you booked a table you need to wait at least 30mn before being seated and 1h more before being served. TO AVOID!!!
Front of house was in tatters. Place was rammed and the staff were rude and too busy. No one greeted you on the way in, I politely let the waiter know I'd like to get a table and was told to take a seat. After 25mins in the seated area, I asked another waiter how long it would be, he rudely replied that I should 'join the back of the queue'. I let him know that I had indeed been waiting for 25mins, as instructed, in the seating area. He replied that I hadn't been waiting for 25mins, and that I hadn't been in the seating area (effectively calling me a lier) ...?!?! To add insult to injury he then said 'join the back of the queue and pointed to huge standing queue. I felt pretty annoyed that I had been mis-directed to the wrong place to wait, then told I was a lier, and rudely waved off to join a queue. I pointed out that he was mistaken, that I had followed their instructions to wait in the seated area, and assured him we had been there for 25mins, did this not count as being in the queue etc. He said no, I had to join a standing queue to get a table and then re-iterated (very rudely) that I should 'join the back of the queue' and waved me off... The food smelt terrific, but we left after this treatment. They are sadly too popular to bother with the customers, who are just numbers to be rammed through the conveyor belt. Manners cost nothing.
Never to return.
The food is below average: as an individual who comes from an Indian background and having grown up eating out at curry houses, I can say that there is nothing special about the food here.
It is 100% tailored to a customer that wants to feel like he's eating Indian, but that customer's only foolish if he's actually naive enough to believe so.
Bland curries with fatty meat - not an Indian curry that I'd recommend.
And then the service. Never have I received such poor service. Rude waiter. Rude Manager.
I cannot fathom why people still hype about Tayyabs. Believe me, there is nothing authentic about this place.
Best restaurant in London if you like spicy food! Bring your own booze and eat amazing spiced curries (meat or veggie) and have for sure some lamb chops!
Made booking from bnb. It were highly recomended by the staff. The mixed grill were rally good and it were comparable to our favorite curry house in bradford. Place were really busy. Food spot on A1 loved it.
Absolutely no idea why this place is so highly regarded. Must be for the meat. The non-meat dishes were very poor. There are plenty of Indian restaurants out there which do far better dhals and veg curries. I guess if you haven't eaten a proper curry before you don't know what to look for. For meathead students, tourists and space cadets.
SHASHI K you just said every thing I wanted to say word for word I agree !!! I don't think they deserve 1 star this Resturant owners are arrogant & img orang in every aspect of customer service skills, my only request is do not & I mean don't waste your money!! One more thing TIME OUT how can you recommend this Resturant ? Are you on TAYYABBS PAY BOOK. To do it 1 year is fine but to do it for 44 years I question your Resturant reviews!!
Horrible place to go out if you fancy have a nice time with your family. Staff were extremely rude and food was not tasty at all. I wouldn't ever want to go back.
Definitely one of the best Indian restaurants I've ever been to. The queue was huge, so I'd recommend making a reservation few days before. I wen't with a fairly big group of friends and we just ordered a bit of everything and shared. The food was amazing and we all end up being full without paying a crazy amount of money. If I had to say something against it, it's that they kind of mixed some of the dishes we oredered in a random way. Anyway, everything was delicious!
My favourite restaurant in London! The starters set it apart from all the rest and the mains are fantastic.
I have eaten here for 20 year, which is not bad considering it opened in 1972. Since then I have seen it grow from a small canteen like space to a giant increasingly popular venue. It was always a busy place, in/out hello/goodbye kind of place but since the manager left to set up next door something changed. It got bigger but the food went downhill as quickly as its popularity increased and the portions went down too. The first thing I noticed was the plates no longer sizzle like they used to, a few do, but mostly no they don't. The meat got tougher and the whole place just got worse. There are several better options around, you may have to travel also. I regret this place being 'discovered', it really disappoints and the customers who eat there generally know no better than the locals who ate there and knew instantly if something was wrong. There are some 1 star reviews here like this one and they are right. The 5 stars maybe from those lucky enough to have had a good time, but sadly these are now rarities and not the norm. Also what I notice is that the new crowd also arrive very drunk and get drunker as the night goes on, the waitstaff and manager seem to know this and they don't care therefore how bad the food gets its just poor. They should not have compromised. Curries with 3 pieces of chewy meat in it. Dhal that has lost its life. Bland bland curries for western taste buds no more how would you like your curry mild, medium spicy, just bland. Dry breads and no meat in the naans worth mentioning.
I am so sad to have lost this place, forever.
Went last night, yes its busy but who cares!! We made friends with all the tables around us and even ended up sharing drinks! Totally brilliant! You can't do that anywhere else!
The food is SO tasty. I have been to so many Pakistani places and I was surprised how good this actually was. Make sure you order the lamb chops. Eat quickly and get out.. There are other people waiting you know!!
Been a few times and liked the food but service was always a disaster. The last time I went my table was right next to the kitchen, halfway through my main a had a COCKROACH crawling 2 inches from my arm on the table!! I nearly threw up and told the waiter who try to play down the incident and offered to move table and new food. I said nothing, stood up and walked out NEVER to return. This dirty establishment should be shut down for good!
Amazing. Easily one of the best in London, need to book ahead and preferably sit upstairs as the queue can be so big it snakes around the restaurant, great portions and very reasonable, plus BYOB so win win!
The food is good. Not great, but good. Service was efficient but hurried. It was busy in the restaurant and that meant it wasn't a relaxing meal as we were basically pushed out of the door by the waiters.
Disastrous from the word go. Mixed starter as suggested by one of the sub literate staff included the so called 'famous' chops. Tough, stringy and chewy. Extremely dry chicken inedible. Mains had a slight improvement in texture meat wise. How Timeout could actually give this establishment a 5 star is unheard of.
The chops are awesome, their Dry Meat can be deliciously sour. You can have a great feast just repeating rounds of starters - chops / masala fish / mutton balls / grilled paneer (even the most ardent carnivore will like these).
Book in advance, know it will be mayhem in there, bring your mates and some beers. You don't go there for a couples anniversary meal. You don't go there if you're expecting fine indian dining.
It will be packed, hot, really noisy, and depending on what floor you're on (and how near the grills you are), all your clothes may need drycleaning.
It's a great night out, and the reviews below complaining just don't get it. Long may Tayyabs reign.
It's Exactly as the review says - The fact the word FUCKING HECTIC is in this review means it's not fake as i was a little unsure from some peoples reviews below :D
Took 10 of my friends there and this review was all i was going on and they were very impressed. Thank You Time Out, big responsibility taking that many people to dinner.
It's also BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer) Stop off at any off-licence on the way.
Spent about £10-20 each depending on how much you can put away.
The bill was £142 for 10 people.
Book a Table or you are well and truly Fucked like all the people waiting in the door.
Very average Indian food accompanied by hostile service and chaotic atmosphere. Must be commended for managing to serve an order quickly in an insanely busy restaurant and byob will always win favour with me, but sadly the poor experience means it just doesn't live up to the hype.
Exactly as described. Wonderful food: bold but simple; quick service and energetic atmosphere. We did book and were seated upstairs so avoided the queues downstairs. Overall, no complaints.