Skip to main content

Review: Tayyabs Restaurant

People thought it was an odd choice for Christmas dinner when we told them we were going to Tayyabs in Whitechapel. Of course we actually went at the end of January so it wasn't really a Christmas dinner afterall.

I've heard a lot about Tayyabs. It's very popular, particularly amongst the Muslim community because all of the food is halal. If you don't book a table at the weekend you could be queuing for ages before you get one. I'd also heard some famous faces had been seen eating there, the likes of Heston Blumenthal and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli. Ok so I'm impressed so far.

When we approached the restaurant which is located on a quiet side road, I was a little surprised. It looked quite quaint inside. I dont know what I was expecting, some big, shiny, sparkly palace but it was just a restaurant. The staff were very friendly and obliging, particularly when we asked if we could move tables (they had seated us very closely to some random people. I don't know about you but I don't like long joined up tables. Reminds me of primary school). We got a nice window table (albeit a little squashy) but it was nice enough.

In our team we have 2 experts when it comes to Indian food. They picked out what would be the best on the menu and we ordered enough to share.

The waiters brought us some poppadoms and dips to start with along with our drinks. The dips were gorgeous; mint, chilli and mango chutney. We weren't waiting for long before the food arrived and there seemed to be endless amounts of it. I didn't remember us ordering so much. We had lamb chops, chicken tikka, lamb tikka, biryani, pilau rice, garlic naan, chicken and lamb curries.

Everything was very well cooked and wonderfully presented. The lamb chops in particular were well seasoned and are in fact Tayyabs signature dish. I have to admit I preferred the meat dishes to the chicken simply because chicken can sometimes be dry. After we stuffed our faces with our main meal we ordered dessert. I went for my absolute favourite, keer, which is a rice puddingy, semolina-ey type pudding topped with crushed pistachios. It was yummy.

In summary I would say Tayyabs is a lovely place to eat. The food is very reasonably priced and the quality of food was excellent. A funny story though. Me and the girls from my team decided to pop in to a sari shop on the way home. Within minutes one of the employees opens the shop door and starts frantically spraying the shop with air freshner. Why? Because we absolutely wreaked of curry. We were mortified but we couldn't stop laughing. Take my advice, if you go to Tayyabs make sure you don't wear your best clothes. Most of the food is served on sizzling hot plates and as you can imagine with a restaurant full of people and those gorgeous aromas your bound to come out a bit wiffy. All in all it was a great dining experience and definitely recommended.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone


Popular posts from this blog


So it’s been a while. A really long while actually but I’m back and I’m hoping to keep this up this time around. Where have I been you may ask. Well I’ve been here, I’ve been around, I’ve been busy but not busy writing and that is a massive regret for me. 
Today I was on a People Management course for work and as part of this course, I have to look at myself, be insightful, answer reflective questions, think about my purpose. During this time of self rediscovery, I remembered that writing is my passion. I say remembered, I never actually forgot but I’ve allowed the everyday to take over and I put my dreams and desires to the side. 
Realising this made me feel quite sad, I was so emotional I had to fight back the tears. Writing and becoming a writer use to be such a passion of mine, my fingers were always itching to grab hold of a pen or to start typing and write and write and write. 
It’s so easy to allow life to take over. We have to pay bills, we have to look after our families etc and…

Rap Wars

In case you hadn't heard yet, the latest beef on the music scene is between Diggy Simmons and J Cole.  Why?  Because J Cole apparently said he had a "thing" with Diggy's sister, Angela.  My question is this: why is there always beef in the music industry and why is it always the small small guys who want to make the loudest noise?

Whenever something like this happens, everyone jumps to the conclusion that it's a publicity stunt.  With Tulisa's sex tape it was "oh, her single's coming out soon", but not being funny, that little sex tape would not persuade me to buy Tulisa's single and Diggy's diss track, would not prompt me to buy his album.  I don't even think you can use "publicity stunt" as a reason behind any celebrity doing anything.

Beef in the industry goes back years.  I'm not going to pretend I follow it all or that I even listen to every artists music but the one war I wasn't happy to hear about, was Drake …

Count Your Blessings

For the last 4 years I have worked for charities.  I've helped the aged, supported change for those suffering with autism and I'm currently working for an emergency aid organisation.  I enjoy working for charities, I love that feeling of knowing I'm making a difference to somebodies life but I've never been the type to really sit and think about the causes I've helped to support.

Until now.

I read a blog post today, written by one of our field nurses.  This post moved me to tears and it's not the first time I've felt emotional in my new role.  This time it was different though.  The surge of emotions I felt, I've not felt like that ever before.  I felt anger that a person had to endure this horror.  I felt sad for the loss to the family I was reading about.  I felt proud of the medical staff who are working so hard across the world to make the smallest difference in these peoples lives and then I felt disgust; disgust towards all of us living our merry…