I had my first Whitechapel curry experience recently, at Needoo Grill, not the nearby and much lauded Tayyabs. Reason being, it came highly recommended to me, I had clear instructions about what to have and I wasn't disappointed.
We did have to queue for around 20 minutes on the Wednesday night that we visited but it moves quickly and gives you a chance to peruse the menu, in all its laminated and sticky glory. There's an open kitchen at the front, with a few tables and a larger dining room to the rear up some steps. Tables are turned swiftly and the whole place is full of intoxicating smoky fumes, giving you an idea of the quality of the Punjabi dishes to come.
We began with the mixed grill, lamb chops, chicken tikka and grilled lamb seekh kebabs. All were excellent. Served on a sizzling hot plate with grilled onions and a large wedge of lemon.
Also served early are the brilliant house chutneys, each nice and hot with poppadums, plain and spiced, and a green salad.
Onto mains and we both opted for karahi, gosht (lamb) and chicken. Both were amazing, deeply spiced, richly flavoured with a good thick layer of oil on the top. Karahi being the type of pan used to cook the dish, round and thick bottomed, the sauce is tomato and chilli based and was pleasingly fiery.
We also ordered garlic naans and rice, and tap water to drink. There was a lot of food for 2 people and I felt so full by the end of the evening. Perhaps the best thing is the price of such a great meal being so reasonable. We paid around £30 with service.
Loved Needoo Grill as much as I'd expected to and hope to return very soon. But I absolutely must get to Tayyabs first.
87 New Road