new tayyab, fieldgate street, london
- howler Sep 19, 2006 12:30 PM
a bunch of visiting punjabis and i went for lunch the other day.
unanimous verdict: awful.
we ordered everything in sight: the daily special (kofta) to the tarka dal, the karahi stuff, the dry gosht and the kebabs. within an hour we were feeling the dryness induced by the vast amounts of oil we'd ingested. even the kebabs were boring - the mutton chops were dry and tasteless, ditto the chicken tikkas.
the only salvation were the superbly made seekh kebabs and the crisp tandoori roti, still the best in london.
welll ... its been a long time favourite hole-in-the wall sorta place for north indian/pakistani fare amongst londoners who pride themselves on understanding that indian cuisine isn't found in curry houses.
i always hope i'm going to get a good meal there, but alas...
I went to Tayyabs for the first time recently and I thought it was great. I had the Seekh kebab, the dry meat (wonderful) and the karahi chicken keema. My only complaint was that although I like some kick to my food, it was a bit too hot for me.
From reading posts on this and other sites it seems like they are great most of the time, but there have been consistency "issues" lately - particularly with overcooking their tandoori dishes.
When really good restaurants do this, I wonder if it's down to one individual in the kitchen or a new chef. As for the Lahore, there have been some really mixed reviews about that as well.
if you liked new tayyab, go check out gaylords on mortimer street or moti mahal on great queen street.
actually, to get a sense of how an indian household eats, go to moti mahal and stick to the vegetables: get the baingan bhartha, the alu gobi, kaali dal, crisp tandoori roti. its the best north indian cooking going on in london, trust me.
and you won't feel that nasty sick oily feeling after eating either.