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Tayyab’s – 04.01.09

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Tayyab’s Kebab House
89 Fieldgate Street
Whitechapel
London, E1 1JU
http://www.tayyabs.co.uk

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Killa Kebabs! Chicken tikka, mutton tikka (lamb), lamb chops =]…

The best kebabs and curry on my tour of the UK.  This indian/pakistani place has casual dining with fantastic curries, breads, rice, and kebabs.  We came midweek around 7pm and waited in a queue for over an hour before we were seated.  Never have I seen a wait like this for Indian food.  It was well worth it.

The menu is somewhat brief but anything you order will be good.  As we hungrily drooled over the menu, sizzling plates of spicy kebabs hurriedly shuffled by in the very crowded restaurant.  We salivated as we inhaled the intoxicating odor of grilled kebabs only to reel and cough as the spices lit our sinuses up.  The snaking trail of kebabs to its final table was often accompanied coughs and choking of nearby eaters “taking a hit” of the spicy aromas.

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naan-thing like the real thing
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Karahi gosht (lamb curry), daal karela, karahi chicken , karahi bindi (okra)

Having mistakenly thought I just ingested a whole chili pepper, the caramelized red onion garnish adds a intense sweetness to offset the power of the curry.  Curries were served and probably freshly prepared in the same rustic metal bowls.  Order any dish with lamb, fantastic.

If you’re in London and like curry and kebabs, you MUST eat here.  If you’re not in London, plan a pilgrimage.  It is easy to see why Tayyab ranks among the top asian eateries.  Good price for great food, attentive service, and packed at all times: all indications of a great restaurant.

Tips:
Reserve to avoid the insanely long queue.
Ordering the kebabs is a MUST for your carnivore and vegetarian friends.
Walk down nearby Brick lane for London’s version of curry mile.
Check out 99 club, hip lounge with drinks and live music.

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Kebab and Curry Connoisseur

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Dave and Mas chowing down on curry like only Brits can

King Kebab – 03.27.09

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King Kebab
59 Tavistock St
Bedford, MK40 UK

Greasy spoon?  Check.
Indian take-away?  Check.
Late night hungry visitors from abroad?  Double check.

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Like the Exxon Valdez oil spill, but worse

Worst.  Indian.  Ever.  OMG this food was bad.  So bad that it was good in a strange way.  Great food to laugh at how horrid it was.  It was a miracle we didn’t get sick.

We couldn’t tell if our order was chicken bhuna or jalfrezi.  =O Shocking I know.   Saag paneer was the worst saag I have ever had and I had to come all the way to UK for it.  It should be renamed saag cheddar.

Check out other places on Tavistock Road before eating here.

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Korean Kebab King

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Bad curry…and lots of it.

Shere Khan – 03.24.09

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Shere Khan
50-52 Wilmslow Rd
Manchester, M14 5TQ

Curry Mile, Manchester.  I wish there were more places like this in the states: a concentrated area of all things asian and I’m not talking about Chinese or Korean.  Indian, Pakistani, Afghan, Turkish; all vying for your business and patronage.  Back -alley take-away shops to polished trendy dining, they have it all.  Shere Khan has bright colors, clean lines, and bright lighting.  Definitely not a traditional Indian place.  While it is well known that UK is the birthplace of chicken tikka masala, this was not the place to try it.  I’ll be looking out for the greasy spoon take-away at 4pm for the most authentic experience.

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Excellent poppadums and chutneys

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The Chicken Jalfrezi and Karahi Chicken were excellent.  You taste all the spices and herbs used in the freshly prepared dishes.  Chicken chunks were perfectly moist and tender.  No scary pool of mystery oil floating on the curry.  We  kicked it up a notch by asking for green chilies on the side.  HOT and full of flava; just like what I look for in a woman.  Just kidding but not really.

Waiters were helpful and attentive.  Contemporary decor and hip style make it a great place to take your Afghan acquaintance, Desi date or throw a Pakistani party.    Great Indian food in England with German friends Alex and Sven.  Namaste.

Hin-bru

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Janam Fast Food 03.23.09

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Janam
78 Portland Street
Manchester M1 4QX
United Kingdom

The UK has more curry greasy spoons than NYC has sushi joints.  It’s no wonder, there are a lot of south asians here.  More often than not, patrons stumble into these places under the influence of something and craving salty grease.  Janam is a perfect example of just such a late night fix in Manchester.

The chicken kebab was minced chicken but it barely resembled food.  The large naan wrapping looked great but was stale like a flat tire.  Stuffed with some pieces of mystery chicken and loads of salad (aka cole slaw), the only memorable thing about the meal was the chili sauce.  Yowza, it was H-O-T.  I guess Manchester folks like their hot sauce atomic.

I barely finished my sandwich with my mouth and stomach on fire.  Dave gave up two-thirds done.  We should have suffered Ghandi’s revenge but were mercifully spared his wrath for yet another day.

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David, Eatclub Director of Marketing

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