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Whitechapel (East) / Shadwell (West) / Wapping

Ex-dockland Wapping now imports yuppies into its converted warehouses, less-gleaming Shadwell and Whitechapel keep more of the East End spirit alive. Wapping High Street is mainly residential, Whitechapel Road is more lively. Drink at Indo if you're boho, stick with The Captain Kidd if not. Tayyab's is cracking -- stick out the queues, or if curry's not your thing head to Il Bordello.


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Posted By:  Emily Schmall
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Behind a street cluttered with fried chicken shops sits the unassuming Tayyab's, whose inexpensive Pakistani delicacies have become so renowned that at 10 o'clock on a Tuesday night, the two-story dining room is jumping. The interior is austere, the food aromatic, the wait staff attentive. Reservations are essential at this Whitechapel institution established in 1972 as a Punjabi grill. The lamb chops starter, marinated in lime and garlic, is mouth-watering. The cardamom braised dry meat course is lovely and, despite the name, not at all dry. The hot, buttery naan is perfect for mopping up the mildly spicy curry. Tayyab's is BYOB so pick up a Cobra beer to wash it all down on the way.

Posted By:  Constance Mantle
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Lahore Kebab House
In all honesty, the BYOB policy of Lahore Kebab House was what originally attracted my party of 12 friends, but we left with our bellies and minds more full of delicious Pakistani dishes than of cheap drinks. You can't exactly describe is as an intimate restaurant (their Whitechapel establishment sits 350 people, and we went during Ramadan around sunset so you can imagine the debate!) but what they lack in cosy décor they make up with warm smothering flavours. The starters of spicy chicken skewers and street-style shish kebab wraps not only whetted but almost satisfied one's appetite, but nothing could stop us from completely devouring mains for lamb and spinach, bought sizzling in pewter bowls to our table, and the special of spicy lamb chop curry. The rice fluffy, the nan plentiful, our £3.50 Echo Falls barely touched.

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