If you’re a Londoner you may have heard of Lahore and Tayyabs, well the time has come for these 90’s stalwarts to be knocked off their pedestals. Let me start by saying, I have been a loyal Tayyabs fan for many years but my last five visits have confirmed they have lost the title of best kebab house in London.
Yesterday my colleagues and I made our monthly visit to a local kebab house; Needoo Grill was the topic of conversation leading up to our visit, excitement was at fever pitch for some. Past experiences meant Lahore’s Asian wedding style banquet and Tayyabs pushy chaotic service was not on the cards. We knew where to go to fill our meaty needs.
We ordered our usual, mixed grills all around; garlic naan, takka daal and lamb karahi and chicken tikka karahi. The chops were succulent and juicy with a tangy hint of lemon, chilli and yoghurt. The tender chicken tikka was nice and moist with lots of flavour and the perfect mix of mince in their shish kebabs to complete the grill. All served piping and sizzling hot. We tucked in, acknowledging between us the new kid on the block was the choice from now on.
Our last visit to Tayyabs was about two months ago, the collective feeling between us was that of a rushed service and food lacking their trademark flavours. I revisited again with family and concluded the poor service and their famous chops now tasting more of mutton than lamb.
This is by no means a review of the other two so called top kebab houses, but it would not be a just review of Needoo’s without mentioning the others. Needoo staff are not pushy and don’t drop the bill on the table after your last bite, they are attentive and provide excellent customer service from when you step in till when you leave the premises. The word on the street as well as chatter on the web tell the story of what is unfolding with the battle for the number one slot.
Needoo Grill does what the others used to do, all hail the new King of Chops!