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forgot its name tho. tayabs? that one.
It's great but it's mainly the grilled meats and stuff. For actual curries, it's a bit lacking. It's because it's Pakistani cuisine, not Indian, so it's different.
They're not all just the same you racists.
and i'm not just saying that for indie points
Go to Needoo's round the corner instead.
but also the shit ones on brick lane and barnet high street.
the best one is Indian Zing in hammersmith.
Bit busy these days and full of city-types though.
Another snobbish generalisation there creeping through :D
it was fucking amazing.
and another i called when i was at my mums a few years ago still had my name down. you can't argue with customer service.
Fair enough. I didn't try any on Barnet High St.
I quite like Bay Leaf in Whetstone and Rajah Sapphire in Friern Barnet. Not that you asked :D
can't remember the name.
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not ventured in to a lot of places down there though. Where does everyone like on Brick Lane?
which is no bad thing.
They are all much of a muchness down that way tbh tbf...
and show footage of prince charles once saying about ten years ago that 'this is a jolly decent curry' or something?
especially good for vegetarians
Really good value too.
Made the mistake of thinking that vegetarian = not as filling and drastically over ordered. Still only came to about £15 each though.
Any curry house where you have to book in advance can get fucked (see subject line).
was listening to CiP yesterday, got well nostaglic
absolutely crazy. saw those videos on youtube as well from the gig at the deaf institute. feels like yesterday
I really miss watching noise bands at Levenshulme Bowls Club.
the good old days
I think it's Jazz + Indian to boot. Forget its name.
I do like how every restaurant along Brick Lane has some dubious "best curry in London" honour printed on the window
I like how they're advertising the fact that they place music in their restaurant. Classy.
I think it's only every second Saturday or something, but they have a live band while you're eating.
it's looks SO bad.
The outside is so plain I usually walk past it and then have to double back when I realise I've gone too far
Anyway, ALL Indian restaurants look terrible from the outside. And the inside generally. All about the food.
The one that proclaims itself as favourite of the The Darkness?
It's not so bad, pretty average. The owner is a bit of a character too.
The Empress on Leman Street is also rad and has a much deeper menu. Not quite as cheap but still very reasonable.
walking past there tonight, might grab a cheeky bhuna on the way home.
or get 13494 bagels
reminded me of the the time me and my mate from home came down and wandered down brick lane of an eve. walked past one of the curry houses
curry guy: 'yes, sir, curry for you?'
my mate: 'nah we're alright thanks'
curry guy: 'how about something else'
my mate: 'no thanks we're fine'
'how about some weed?'
Tayyabs easily the most overrated - genuinely don't know what folk see in that place...
Ganapati is pretty special too:
Soulless atmospehere (altohugh a VG bar). Great food.
Mint Leaf Lounge in the city (just on a lane between London Wall and Old Broad Street) is amazing. Expensive, but they do a good value business lunch set menu thing.
...which is unfortunate as the people I work with only ever want to go there or the aforementioned Tayyabs. Also, they don't do any of the offers that the Westminster one does.
aren't what I'd call curry houses.
...only really represent good value if you take advantage of one of their specials. Fortunately, they are almost always available.
They are indian restaurants.
Ganapati was terrible the one time I went. Truly awful. Tasted nothing like proper south indian food.
The restaurant itself does do their posh dishes takeout but the main Babur takeaway place is a different group of people. Still really good but you often have to wait for aggggeeeeesssssss.
If you can, go into the restaurant itself; properly amazing. They do a voucher on the site where if you eat before 7 / after 9 you get half off your food. It's the wine that ends up costing you loads so cut corners there and it's not too crazy costly!
can't remember its name. It's pakistani food and it's great.
the owner is a family friend of ours
The food *was* good, but I think we must have waited for nearly an hour to get seated and waiting in a melee of entitled suits and hipsters doesn't make for a pleasurable experience.
Was a bit dark in the restaurant below as well.
I've only ever had an ok time (in terms of food, service and/or ambience) at tayyabs. very mediocre (although the lamb chops are good).
Where do I cash in my indie points?
if so, i've been there. south london ish? yeah, i went there years ago mate. years.
Had a brilliant curry in one of the Sri Lankan places there.
totally forgot the name, which is odd as that is one crazy name.
where they served up a rubber chicken under one of those big silver platters with a lid things to my younger brother.
great bunch of lads.
or is this real? i want to go
on the curry road or whatever you call it.
"Off to the pizza house" just doesn't work. Conversely, you never get a curry hut.
Definitely one of the best curry places there.
is the best i've had aside from taayabs. that aside it's also mighty cheap.
is it BYOB?
no boozes on the menu - further detail on it's goodness down there somewhere from hexagram.
You can book
Complimentary pickles and popadoms
The classics plus some chef specials
Sitar instrumental cover song soundtrack
straight from the freezer.
My family used to be regulars at canons tandoori, canons park
They used to have this as a desert http://staricecream.co.uk/node/25
Also used to give complimentary after eight mints. Great lads.
I even went to a mexican restaurant the other week that did the same desserts.
though I don't care if they are scented or not, they just have to be hot enough to be rendered unusable.
and then immediately, inexplicably cold.
already drunk from the pub.
though I prefer BYOB over a five quid pint of Cobra.
I prefer a place that has a license to sell alcohol.
Cheap nimbu paani
Instrumental versions of bollywood songs
and all having a go at one another.
"Do you want any vegetable side dishes?" when in a party of 20 LADS
Inexplicable dark brown, sometimes sepia, window tint
with TV's Jeremy Spake giving them the thumbs up. JEREMY SPAKE.
can't believe i used to watch that show.
Not a big fan of curry.
Terrible website, but this place is great:
Close to Tayyabs, and a good back-up. Food-wise, it's more standard tandoori but done well across the board. Really nice tikka paneer, and three kinds of dhal. No booze, but it might be BYO.
The place is pretty massive, and only seems to get filled on a Friday for its buffet night. Never had trouble getting a seat, food has always been (b'')b
Indie bonus: like Tayyabs, it's close enough to Brick Lane that you can say 'let's not go there for a curry, I know a better place nearby'. Only you can get a table right away, there are fewer suits/hipsters and they aren't trying to turn your table as fast as they can.
ZaZa's needs more love, it's what all the places on Brick Lane ought to be
Whitechapel - Needoo, now that Mirch Masala has burnt down
Euston – Raavi Kebab
Tooting – Mirch Masala
I've never been to Southall. Where's good there?
Massive place, lots of room, amazing food, good takeaway too. South East ftw
Well, it was a year ago.
First 6 months of living there I tried EVERY dish. Often we'd be the only people in there. Then it won a Michelin Bib and unsurprisingly people started acknowledging it was in fact pretty amazing; trouble was it looked a bit average from outside. Appearances can be deceptive...
It was /okay/, but I didn't think it was anything that special. We went on a Saturday night and we were the only people in there too, which was a bit odd.
You'd think being Saturday it'd be rammed. I've always had great meals there but dining out isn't my forte. I'd probably struggle to know if what we were eating was proper top notch or just pretty good. Plus I've not been in over a year so maybe the chef has changed / standards elsewhere have improved.
Probably helped too that we wandered in not expectingmuch but left well chuffed.
Chilli lamb chops?
The subtle coriander grilled chicken dish?
The caramelised carrot chutney?
The veg thali?
The cardamom rice pudding?
They were all pretty damn wicked...?
Perhaps they'd given the chef the night off because it was so quiet.
as long as my cousin doesn't marry and remove me as sole beneficiary.
I get free meals whenever I visit. Pity the chefs are no good and I have to make excuses not to eat. But that's me because the place is big hit with the locals.
Makes Tayyabs look very mediocre.
get the bog roll in the freezer before you go
Always the chance of seeing the odd MP as well...