It's Tuesday night, and you've booked a restaurant table for 7:30 p.m., only to be left standing in a queue until 8 p.m. When you're finally seated, the staff are surly throughout your meal, and try to cajole you into leaving before you've finished. Tayyabs—a Pakistani diner in London's gritty Whitechapel district—is that kind of place. So why do hordes of Londoners crowd into the eatery every night of the week? Because Tayyabs dishes up the most sublime—and possibly the cheapest—subcontinental cooking in the Big Smoke. Start with a plate of spicy, sizzling lamb chops (a mouth-watering $7.50 for four)...
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