Sunday, 5 October 2008
New Tayyabs, 83-89 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1JU
A research shows (i.e. Google) that this is the best curry place in London. For those of you who have been to Brick Lane in London, it might be somewhat a surprise to you. After all, every restaurants there has a banner outside saying:
All of awards were in 2007 too. Uh huh.
I've been to New Tayyab's about 3 times now, enough times to officially confirm that they are the best curry restaurant in London (2008). This is the perfect place for those of you wanting to improve the art of queuing. The queue is about 40 minutes long, you'll love it.
Once you're inside the restaurant, you're ushered to a corner where you'll stand comfortably with 20 other people or so, looking over another table's order of the day. You'll get to sniff what they're having, you'll get to duck as the trays come out, and you'll also (if you're very lucky) get to stand outside the toilet (the queue is so long that there isn't enough space in the restaurant).
Chicken tikka masala (OK OK I know it's not that authentic but it was delicious)
Sag allo (spinach and potato)
The sag allo was delicous, each mouthful of the green goopy spinach was just so ... green and lovely.
The lamb karahi was tender and mucho flavourful. I don't know how they make the lamb so soft (probably not by 24 hour slow cook - refer to second post if you're lost).
Each piece of lamb was marinated so well that even without the sauce, it had its own flavour to it. The sauce was a fabulous blend of the spices (of what, I don't know, but that's why this is a review, not a recipe) and it was just spicy enough without being like 'whoooosh and here we go'.
Recommend this restaurant? Most definitely.
Great service? I would say so.
Fabulous taste? Oh I should have had more.
Love queuing? This is the place for you.
If you like curry, come here. Total bill for 4 was about £48 (quite reasonable for town).