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  • Address:

    Tayyabs 83-89 Fieldgate Street
    London
    E1 1JU

  • Venue phone:

    020 7247 9543

  • Venue website:

    www.tayyabs.co.uk

  • 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

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    1. Tayyabs
      • 83-89 Fieldgate Street
        London
        E1 1JU
      • 020 7247 9543
      • www.tayyabs.co.uk
      • 51.517197,-0.063455

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Robin S

I have been to many low end, mediocre and fine dining restuarants in London serving Indian or for that matter any food. But, I have never come across a place as HORRIBLE as this one.
I heard about this place from freinds and went there thrice only to have a bad experience every time. I kept on giving them a chance until my third visit thinking that there must be something good about this place and I need to find out what it is. Sadly, I couldn't find one single point that why I should go back to this place and had stopped going there now. Even if I am offered free food I will still not bother to go there and spoil my evening as you can get tatsty food from even a take -away but you go to places like these expecting a good time.

The third and last time I visited this place with family to see a freind and his family on a weekend. I don't remember exactly but I think when my wife phoned to get a booking she got told that they cannot take booking for the weekend on the phone. We waited outside in the cold for close to an hour with my 4 year old son as there is no waiting place inside and people queue up from inside the restaurant to outside the restaurant in a very erratic manner. No one is supervising the queue and keeping an eye if anyone is joining the queue from in between, more so when you are waiting outside you cannot see who is taking the advantage inside. Basically, you need to sort this out yourself and the management is not bothered. This place attracts a lot of people who are here before or after or for booze so there are good chances of having a fight or altercation spoiling your evening even before you enter their premises. Finally, I succeded in getting a table on the 1st floor this time which was deafeningly noisy and thus begins another fight to have a decent family meal. Me any my friend had to take our kids out many times as they couldn't bear that sound. I ordered a mild dish for my son but it wasn't really a mild one, my wife quickly opened a bottle of water and gave water to my son. My friend opened another bottle and had water from it. The unconcerned, impolite staff there was the most painful part , they don't want to wait to take an order and if you ask them to come back in a minute they make sure that they do not come back rather you find someone to take your order. Once we finished the food he was so quick to pick up the plates without the courtesy to ask before doing so, though I didn't mind as I got too exhausted by then and wanted it to end but ideally it wasn't correct. We got our bill in front of us without any desserts asked. I felt like I was eating there for free and they wanted me out of their place quickly ! But how could I be relieved by them so easily ? Nobody then came to take the money for 20 minutes, why should I wait again for them to take the payment and give me back my change and why do I leave a tip for this service? So I went downstairs to make the payment and after I paid the bill I noticed that they have billed me for 2 bottles of water for triple the the price of what that size would cost in the market ! When I questioned the guy at the till I got counterquestioned that ' if I have ever seen bottled water being Free In Any Restaurant ' ? I told him that I can think of one restaurant ' Taste of India ' off top of my head which places free bottles of water for every table and you can ask them for more if you need more. I asked him that if the water was chargeable then why was it on my table when I did not order it, why wasn't there a small note on the table that water will be charged for , do they purposedly lay this trap for it's customers and why the waiter took away both bottles (with just one glass taken from each) without asking us in case we were supposed to pay for it ? Obviously the guy couldn't defend this with any logical reasoning and got agitated. He then had the cheek to say that I am being too cheap and offered few coins from his pocket. Honestly, it is not about money but ethics, if I have spent so much on food then I can also pay few pounds for the water as well but only if I am not being duped ! I really wanted to punch this guy in his face but simply walked away because of the family wth me.

All in all , a horrible experience and vowed never to go back and have discouraged everyone who asks me. I think one big factor why people talk about this place is that you can take your own alcohol with you which sounds very interesting and the money people think it saves them plus you get to sit and eat cheap kebabs etc with drinks.

The food is also below average and not healthy. Anything made with so much oil and ghee can seem to taste good but it actually masks the original flavours and obviously isn't healthy for anyone.
I would buy marinated lamb chops, chicken wings, kebabs etc from Haji baba butcher shop in ASDA , put it in my owen and enjoy with drinks if I want to not spend much and cannot find any other decent place. The taste and overall experience will be far better than fooling myself.


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.

Alistair S

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.

PAUL RAYMOND

PLEASE DO NO NOT GO TO THIS HORRIBE RESTAURANT!!!! THERE ARE MOUSE DROPPINGS ON THE FLOOR AND THE FOOD WAS DISGUSTING!!!!

Balette-pape

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!!!

Vincent

Tasty indian food, not so expensive. Large menu with many choice. Mango lassi is very good !

Suresh

unfortunately i think the hype exceeds the quality of the service and average food on offer... Perhaps i came on the wrong day... But generally rather underwhelmed with the food.

vern

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.

unhappy customer

Chose this restaurant for a work diwali dinner - 6 people The food was salty, small portions in comparison to other indian restaurants, overall lack of customer service. The staff shouted at one of our guests for picking up a menu from the table next to us, when it was empty. The staff were more suited to one of them 99p stores rather than a restaurant, totally clueless When we were leaving, a member of staff was overheard telling his colleague to wait at the top of the stairs incase we leave without paying - we work for a city finance organisation, - we were well dressed. I do not intend to ever visit this place again!

Unhappy

Chose this restaurant for a work diwali dinner - 6 people The food was salty, small portions in comparison to other indian restaurants, overall lack of customer service. The staff shouted at one of our guests for picking up a menu from the table next to us, when it was empty. The staff were more suited to one of them 99p stores rather than a restaurant, totally clueless When we were leaving, a member of staff was overheard telling his colleague to wait at the top of the stairs incase we leave without paying - we work for a city finance organisation, - we were well dressed. I do not intend to ever visit this place again!

Unhappy Customer

Chose this restaurant for a work diwali dinner - 6 people The food was salty, small portions in comparison to other indian restaurants, overall lack of customer service. The staff shouted at one of our guests for picking up a menu from the table next to us, when it was empty. The staff were more suited to one of them 99p stores rather than a restaurant, totally clueless When we were leaving, a member of staff was overheard telling his colleague to wait at the top of the stairs incase we leave without paying - we work for a city finance organisation, - we were well dressed. I do not intend to ever visit this place again!

sam

I booked to eat at Tayyabs for my birthday. Even though i had already heard about the poor service, I wanted to see for myself as well as taste the food which i had heard lots of good things about. As pakistani/curry restaurants go, this was probably one of the worst I've ever experienced. Reservations don't mean a thing to these people, because despite having one I was made to wait half hour for my table. They then tried to explain to me that Reservations don't guarantee the time of the booking only priority over non Reservations. The place was Dirty and uninviting! They have no concept of service and the staff have absolutely no listening or communication skills whatsoever. I ordered lamb chops for starter which were the worst I've ever had chewy and fatty. The paneer tikka bland and dry. The main course of chicken karahi was nothing to write home about. The peshwari nan was so disappointing I felt totally conned.. I couldn't believe how messy and chaotic the place was, full of students. An absolute buzz killer! I am a pakistani woman and have eaten in the best curry restaurants in England I can tell you this doesnt even come close. Will never go back here. People are duped about this place. I just didn't understand what all the fuss was about. Im totally baffled. I do not recommend it. I would never take my family here and we're not even posh.

Abdul

Very poor quality standard of food and service. Despite it being established for so long. I was born and bred in that area, nothing like it used to be when I was growing up. I myself am in exactly the same catering trade so do know fresh and tinned food. Not good at all, will not go back or recommend it.

Ganesh

Went there today for lunch. Food was ok (can't say delicious), but a bit pricey when comparing with peer restaurants (understandable by the make up of the place). The most disappointing part is the way service is provided. When asked for some pepper powder in its keg, they say they don't have any more (well, there were empty tables, at least one of them would have had some, wasn't asking for a kilo). You expect vegetables to be cut decently well, and we find whole potatoes and large (yes, LARGE) peices of Cauliflower in a Karai vegetable dish. That summed it up for me....

Ollie

Service at Tayyabs has always been... idiosyncratic now it is just terrible. Booking means nothing, waiters are extraordinarily rude, cutlery and plates dirty. The food is fine, no better or worse than many neighbourhood indians. That along with the service and the constant attempts to chisel a bit more money out of you... go somewhere else.

Ann

Went last night and the food was absolutely delicious, which is what we had expected from reading about the place. However a few things were not up to scratch: When we had been seated, having booked a table in advance, we were completely forgotten about and had to wait 30 minutes for someone to take our order. It was not particularly busy as we went early in the evening, with only half the restaurant filled up, so no reason why it should've taken so long. The service in general was absolutely appalling, horrendously unfriendly, not willing to help with explaining things on the menu, no smiles and received a begrudging look when we we asked for some more water, as if it was a massive bother to get it. In summary: The food is really good and I understand why it's a popular choice, but that's no excuse to treat your customers like dirt.

Elisabeth

This place was absolutely appalling. First of all the waiters were not helpful at all when it came to ordering food. There was no advice on portion size and they were clueless about the ingredients in the curries. When the food arrived on the table we noticed that there was some cutlery missing. It took the staff 10 minutes to find the three missing forks all whilst our food was getting cold on the table. Additionally my friend swallowed a piece of glass that was in the water. We spoke t the waiter about this but it did not seem to bother him, he just took away the glass without replacing it or apologising. Yes the food was good and it was ridiculously cheap, it did not make up for the inexcusable service. Will never come back, there are so many good Indians in East London, this one is not all that...!

kami

Rough and unwelcoming staff, awful atmosphere, below average food.

arfy

great food, great service, all the bad reviews are bullshit amazing food and i never do reviews and the hot towels at the end go tayyab you deserve your sucess

Gammo Girl

I'm giving a slightly harsh rating despite loving Tayyabs for years now, as I went tonight and took my parents for the first time, as part of our Christmas celebrations, and was sadly really disappointed. The atmosphere seemed a bit off - I don't know if its just that the people who work there are all really exhausted after another extremely busy year, but their energy levels were really low, meaning our table service was slow, not especially friendly (although not rude or uninspiring as much as other places could be) - but ultimately what really left us disappointed was the food. The meat starters were of their usual standard, but the main dishes were under par. Daal Baingun (lentils with aubergine) were too spicy, and lacked flavour - not to mention the lentils were slightly undercooked and dry, and the portion size was a couple of thirds smaller than usual (a bit annoying when there's three of you sharing). The guys in there have always been really friendly and accommodating, and I still recognise a few of them meaning they must work really hard, and I can totally forgive a sense of exhaustion especially at this time of year. I would just hate for Tayyabs' team to get a bit complacent given their popularity and for the standards to slip a bit. I want to continue going there year after year and always impress my guests with the great find!

MS

Today was the 5th or 6th time I've been here in the last few years and with every visit this place is fast becoming my favourite place to eat. The setting is really nice (when you can choose where to sit!) but it has been renovated extensively to make the place more attractive. As for the food, this is the best Indian food you will eat in London full stop! Service is good, food is amazing and location is convenient. If in east London make the effort and pay Tayyabs a visit,you won't regret it

eastendchico

I started going to Tayyabs over 10 years ago, it has always been a busy restaurant but not as crazy as the recent years. The food there is OK but a good restaurant...no!! i went there a month ago and it was a total mayhem, over 100 people were jammed at the entrance. i was appalled by what I saw, people carried in boxes of booze nonstop from the offlicense and stayed for whole night, while other people were waiting for their tables. The management (if there are any) did not seem to care. the waiter were rude, rough, mean and slow, as for service....(if not including putting your dish on your table) is none. Its popular only because of their BYOB policy and the food is actually ok...compare to those craps in brick lane. but for dinning experience, the worst ever.....

Georgia

LOVE this place! The food is always fantastic, and the staff are lovely. However, the best thing about Tayyabs is that it's a family business. The owner is so so lovely. It's so refreshing to see someone have such a perosnal approach to running a business in London. When I had a problem with an order through My Salivation (wich is awful by the way), the owner of Tayyabs stepped in and was so so helpful, and lovely. He went out of his way to make sure everything was sorted, and I really appreciate it. I think it is so important for us to support lovely businesses like this, over the big chains that seem to be taken over. With that said, once you go to Tayyabs I am sure it will become a regular eatery of yours, as it is ours. Friendly, delicious, consistent and great value for money. x

Abdul

I was extremely disappointed with this place. I think the food is over-rated and the service is appalling. I constantly felt rushed to leave by the waiters. I would not recommend if you fancy a nice relaxing night out.

Joanne

After hearing rave reviews we booked ahead at Tayyabs and arrived a few minutes late to a chaotic restaurant and long queue. Luckily we only waited five more minutes (in a restaurant overflowing with people) before we were sat downstairs, promptly receiving some poppadoms. Two minutes later we were overwhelmed by a mystery gas(?) and couldn't stop coughing, more than10 tables surrounding us were the same - all of us coughing uncontrollably and unable to breathe we evacuated to the nearest exit to wait outside for it to clear. The restaurant staff were totally unhelpful and at a loss to explain what it was. We waited out in the cold for about 15 minutes before being able to return to our tables, with traces of the gas remaining in the air, still with no explanation as to what it was. Unfortunately for Tayyabs, the waiter we spoke to was totally rude and didn't care whether we stayed or went, stated that they didn't know what the gas was and that it wasn't their fault. My friend questioned the safety aspect, especially as one of our party suffered from asthma, and the waiters attitude was appealing. We left and ventured along to brick lane where we were welcomed with open arms and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere with excellent service. Tayyabs is too busy, overrated and the staff need to realise the customer comes first, not to mention they should be reviewing their safety practices - I hate to think what would happen should a fire break out! Total disappointment.

Regular

Trading on its reputation - not its food, sadly. Been many times, service has always been hussled but the prices reasonable, so you could live with that. Unfortunately the service hasn't changed but the food has. Don't usually write reviews but based on my last few visits I feel compelled. I'm not going to go into detail about the food suffice to say its gone downhill and other reviewers sum it up accurately but I'm going the ask that the owners read this and take action as this place will only trade on its reputation for so long and then people will stop coming. Can we have the old Tayyabs back please!

Tania

Tayyabs is a local for me, and their food is excellent! However, the service is very rushed and the bill can become pricey for small portions. Although I must admit, their lamb chops and buttered nan are amazing. Avoid evenings and lunchtimes, go for a late lunch! It gets too busy!!

Bill

Two of us had lunch at Tayyabs on 20th September, for the first time, and given so many dicey reviews rather feared the worst. It was packed out, so lucky we had booked. And the tables are tiny - a bit like eating off a tray - but we found the food excellent. Obviously we weren't able to sample a lot of dishes, but the trademark lamb chops were deliciously piquant and worthy of their reputation. The other dishes, lamb sag, tarka dal, nan bread and so on - the usual standbys - were equally good. Tender meat, beautifully cooked. And the staff, often maligned, were uniformly pleasant and helpful. Plus the Tesco Metro five minutes away has a decent selection of drink. Give it a go!

Hungry person

The food is good but have to wait ages before u get served then u have to wait a long for the food to arrive. The tables are very small. Staff are clueless and seem to blank u most of time. They also make u wait a long time for the bill as there only seems to be one person who is allowed to give u the bill. Stupid policy in my opinion. Toliets are nasty u think the amount of money the make thy will inest in more then one toliet. But nah. Would not recommend at all.

Mr SJA

The restaurant is absolutely awful and too hyped up for what it actually is. The waiting staff are arrogant, socially uneducted and very rude. This will be the last time i will ever visit this horrid place.

Reshma

We dined at taiyyabs on Friday 22 June 2012 with our 2 little children one of which is just a baby of 1 year old. We got a very humiliating treatment from the guy who took our order and left us offended and hurt. We had ordered 5 garlic Japan's and after say 10 mins I requested this guy to change 1 naan to butter naan as my eldest child cannot have garlic naan. I was told in rude manner that this cannot be done and as they have to cater to so many people they cannot change to individual preferences. I said they can adjust easily as it is such a common item but again I got offensive reply. I think it's fine if this could not be changed but at least they need to learn ways to deal with customers. Even food was ordinary and nothing great. They have bad trade practices as they place water bottle on table without informing its chargeable and not complimemtry and charge whooping £2.50 in the bill. We will never visit Tiyyabs again and never recommend to others . RESHMA

benjo

Dirty, tasteless, greasy, rude and highly overated. A masive dissapointment and by far the worst reasturant i have eaten in.

Prince S

I'm sorry but I've been 2 times now. Never again! The first time I went it was dreadful. The food does not depict good quality asian/indian food. The waiters are very rude. They seat you with instantly forcing poppadoms on you without having asked them for them. I ordered some curry dishes with naans on this visit. They were smuthered in vast amounts of ghee. Which is very bad for our health and distastes the dish itself. It was flavorless, lacking the spices that you'd expect. The never ending smoke of grills practically intoxicates you causing it difficult to breathe. To add to this so call experience and food whilst your eating the waiters anxiously stand by to take plates away from you that you'd be eating out of. How rude!!! I hadn't even finished my meal yet. They once seated practically want to push you out only to get someone else seated. I went away and hat severe stomach aches for the following day. A very disappointing experience considering the hype. I'm not even being harsh. As a year a so went by, still had friends saying how good it is but instead they were all specifying the grills that were so nice. So being open to the fact that things can change for the better. Id promised myself to try the grill at some point and not to be over judgmental on one visit. I went again today, not as busy as usual. Loud to say the least, which is down to its location. I went in. Had to wait for a table as usual. Rude waiters pushing by. Nothing new there. Finally we were seated. I thought lets go for the grills. Chops seemed very popular as did chicken tikka and paneer starters. So i ordered them as well as a few samosas as that was my safety bet. If all else failed. The food finally came. Truthfully it was tasteless. The lot of it. My partner thought the exact same. Seriously below even average. The samosas I couldn't get by more than a bite as they were that bad. Flavorless and just stuffed with a not so nice potato filling. The mint sauce was just water like. As before i was eating whilst one of my food plates was just taken with food on it without having asked and whilst I was still eating. SOOO RUDE and discourteous. Then to top it off the couple next to us went only to be seated by some that were waiting. The guy slid by knocking one of our food plates off the table with his rucksack. One of the waiters apologized to them and eventually cleaned it up. Not a word was said to us, no food was replaced. It was like we never existed. As they were too bothered about bringing the usual poppadoms out to the neighboring couple. I tell you I've been to very many places to eat in London ranging from normal daily quick business lunch and dinner type meals to very fine dinning. I would not recommend this restaurant to someone who wants to try authentic good reasonably priced indian/pakistani food. Avoid it if you can. It is a waste of money!! The owners are only bothered about the money. Not the food or customers.

dp

Trading on former glory...used to be great...lamb chops still good...but service is now terrible and the curries and some of the newer dishes are worse than you'll get on brick lane...£2.50 for own branded "spring" water is toppy given that it tastes no better than tap that they refuse to now serve....stick to the grill (except the guinea fowl which tasted nasty and I suspect was responsible for me feeling ill the next day) and it is still a 3 or even 4 star restaurant. Sadly all the greats have deteriorated in recent years. At least Tayyabs haven't put their prices up as much, and lowered the quality of the meat, as Lahore Kebab house.

David

The food was good but the service was terrible. I felt like nothing more than a number being pushed through the system. We were asked for our order 3 times within the first 5 minutes and I was basically told to leave before I'd finished my drink as they needed the table. At this point the table next to us had been free for 10 minutes (but they were keeping a lot of people waiting in the main reception area). Not really impressed, they need to remember that without the customers there is no business!

Fat Leckie

Taken as impromtu treat by regular (Indian). Excellent. Despite packed to brim and sleight of hand to jump queue service was quick, food utterly spoiling. The only reason to denigrate Tayyabs is to make it easier to get a seat. There are establishments all around - mostly empty - telling or what?

DominicV

Utterly underwhelming food, nowhere near as good as its enthusiasts would have you believe - the tandoori starters may be succulent, but are far from delicious. The main course curries look and taste like a child made them at school. And the dal was the worst I've ever had - the pulses weren't even cooked through, the spicing bitter. I would have to question the judgement of people who rave about the food served here. I can only imagine that the line outside makes people think it is better than it is. Emperor's new clothes? Oh, and it is cramped beyond belief. Go elsewhere, this place is little more than a racket taking advantage of peoples' gullibility.

Warren

Love the 'White Whine' comments here....lol. Tayyabs is simply one of the best Indian restaurants you'll ever go to. Advise to simply eat the grills/tandoori, roti and salad...main are pretty good too though. Lassi is excellent. No alcohol - you can bring your own but really, can't you do without for one meal? Atmosphere is great - loud and brash. You might need to relax a little though if you're used to up tight European style restaurants. Chill out, get stuck in and enjoy. Balle balle!

Penny Taylor

Disappointing. I’m a very big fan of the Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine and was very excited when a friend told me she managed to book a table at Tayyabs (3 weeks in advance!). With high expectations I entered Tayyabs and was overwhelmed by masses of people queuing and trying to get the attention of the waiter. After around 20 minutes a waiter seated us in the downstairs area, which is very dark and less appealing than upstairs. You can find a very young and fashionable crowd at Tayyabs and you can bring your own booze. But we felt rushed during dinner, the meat was chewy and despite not ordering alcoholic drinks, we had quite a high bill at the end. I’m not coming back despite the hype around Tayyabs, or maybe BECAUSE of all the hype around it, the food does not fulfil the expectations.

Roxy

Very very rude service, average food and rushed out the door. Horrible experience Cheap but very small portions. Too full too stuffy and constant pushy waiters rushing you to eat and get lost. Terrible experience

Rahul Bhintade

Very disappointing. After hearing from a couple of friends that this place has to be seen, I went here with a party of 3 guys (me, my partner and a friend, who is a chef in a 5-star hotel in London.) Orders were taken and delivered promptly - but the guy who brought the dishes kept them all piled in front of me, in spite of a place being empty on the table. No one served us, no one was interested in whether we ate or not. The place was half empty and there were plenty of idling waiters, but each time we had to struggle to catch the waiter's eye for anything. The icing was when I finished eating and my colleagues were still having their dinner - and the waiter brought us 3 hot napkins to wash up - not bothering that the others were still eating and not asking if we wanted anything more!!! The food was nothing to crow about, the portions meagrely and it cost us 37 GBP for an experience we didn't enjoy. Sorry, but totally overrated, and coming from an Indian, the food does not taste as from the subcontinent..... Not going back.

Jeremy Creaples

I was extremely disappointed by my dining experience. The food was fine but the service was atrocious. My booking wasn't listed. I was first seated at a table where there wasn't enough room for a six year old girl let alone my capacious gut. When I was moved to a larger table I was harassed by the waiter six or seven times before the end of the meal and hurried out of the restaurant. If you want to enjoy your dinner don't come here.

Meera

My experience has been pleasant, I think this may be because I visit during the day on a weekday or early evenings. Tayyabs has to be number one choice for me. Ive bought many of my friends to this restaurant. The food and atmosphere is great. However, the downside is when you are with your friends you cant pay seperately on a credit card.

Chris

I've been to Tayyabs many times, often just for a quick takeaway as the queue is busy. Unlike most people who go recently, I am a born and bred Londoner who has been going here since the yuppies and hipsters muscled in and to be quite honest (like everything that happens when these people move in) the quality has dropped. I remember my old man taking me when I was younger. The place was shabby but there was plenty of heart. The food was fiery and mouthwatering and you'd rarely be stuck in a queue. However, after visiting there recently and seeing the posh refurb, I almost cried when I realised how plain the food tasted and how over the top the atmosphere had become. But I still come back to Tayyabs, the chicken naan wrap is still one of my favourite takeaways. If you're a yuppy or hipster you may be disappointed. You got here too late, the Tayyabs that deserved the current buzz is gone. 3 stars for nostalgic value and decent food.

Smits

This was a rubbish and a complete nonsense place. Dont waste your money and time here. We were made to wait 45mins for a table of two around hovering over other people eating. Food is cooked well but nothing outstanding, you can get the same stuff in any other indian restaurant. After a wait of 45mins standing, anything infront of you will be delicious. We also noticed that people who came after us were given a table as they happen to know the some staff. Not worth a penny. I am never ever going to go there. I still dont understand why are people willing to stand inside the restaurant in a queue for a curry with some naan bread. This was a humiliating expereince.

Alex

The greatest piece of east end Junk. Stay well clear guys do not fall for this deceptive restaurant, it may have been around for a long long time but my guess is they have lost there standard and quality somewhere along the line, now it just seems all about greed and how they can just get every penny out of you and as quickly as possible as they have more people waiting to be deceived. Food taste was poor, long wait, smelly and humid inside, horrible experience all together, they will charge you for every penny they can. All i will say is there are much better Indian restaurants within that vicinity.

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