Sunday, 30 September 2012

Review - Tayyab's

Moving into house has been a mixed bag. To begin with, I was very pleased to see the flat is really big and light and roomy. Then I was stressed at all the unpacking and the expense from having to buy stuff to make the House a Home. Then I was pleased again because I made a pie (it was far too salty and not a patch on the first time I made it but that was three years ago) and felt homely and thrilled at London. Then I was again stressed and despondent because there was no hot water and the dishwasher broke and I was upset by my filthy floor and broken vacuum. But then it turns out the filth was actually ingrained in the carpet so won't come off on my feet and I bought a small mirror and I felt happy again. This happiness is occasionally boosted with little bursts of remembering I don't live in Sutton Coldfield anymore. These are exaggerated when I think of all the places which I read about and wanted to go to but couldn't because London's a big place and even being there for a day didn't mean necessarily eating somewhere I'd read about. One of these places was Tayyab's. I've read about it on various food blogs, Tome Out and been recommended it by the creepy old guy from the unnamed law firm's vac scheme. And now I live a twenty minute walk from it! I went after a day of trying (and failing) to sort out Internet and then being in a distressed strip at all the things that weren't quite right about the flat. We'd booked and that was a wise move since it was so busy. We ordered lamb biryani, karahi chicken saag, lamb tikka kebabs and pumpkin curry side dish. The usual poppadoms, relishes and salad came too.

As indian subcontinent restaurants go, this was a cut above the rest. It's true that it emulates home-style cooking of the region: the dishes are priced so you can get a range of different dishes as you would at a meal at home. And the style is reflective of home cooking too, nothing too flashy; good, honest, strong flavours. The relishes made your tongue dance with chilli and spice. Unfortunately, the place suffers from overhype. While a cut above most restaurants of its ilk, I didn't think it was as overwhelmingly great as the reviews (framed and stuck on the walls) vowed. It still very much deserves a recommendation, as well as being better in quality than all the other crap Indian places, it's cheaper and BYOB. NO CORKAGE. All the above cost £25 and fed two to the brim. It's second only to Aziz in the rankings of 'Indian subcontinent restaurants which Ari's tried'.

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