This is Punjabi food – from Pakistan……you really should sample if you are ever in London
Lahore Kebab House
2 Umberston Street, Whitechapel, London E1 1PY
- Shadwell DLR Station (0.5 km)
- Aldgate East Station (0.7 km)
- South Bermondsey Station (<0.1 km)
- Contact us:
020 7481 9737
28 reviews of Lahore Kebab House in English
Excellent food, nice hot curries. The interior is a bit like a fast food restaurant so it’s more a mates place than a date place. They don’t have a license so stock up at the off license on at the junction with commercial road (about 10m from the restaurant)!
If I am in the mood for curry this is always the first choice (and has been for over 10 years) – the kebabs are great but personally I prefer the spice and drama of the offerings from Tayyabs round the corner – but the bread and curries here are a step up. Great samosas, great naan – personal preferences and the kofte and also lamb on the bone curries. Its busy but getting bigger every year – the latest expansion has grabbed the shop next door so they now have frontage onto Commercial Road. Less pressured than Tayyabs – you can sit and take your time – you really should work your way through the curry menu…….
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Hoxton Salon, 13 October 2011:
My favourite curry house in London.
BYO and it does not matter how many people you turn up with or what time, they always accomadate you.
Delicious, do try the lamb chops, AMAZING!
It is not fancy but I like the atmosphere which is friendly and lively. Lots of families, groups, couples.
It is a bit far from the tube but worth the walk.
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Katherine, 5 October 2011:
Went again last night and devoured a plate of lamb chops like a rabid dog. I refused to wash my hands as I wanted the smell of spicy lamb to linger for as long as possible. Is this weird, or do you understand me?
They have extended the restaurant so you can now see if from Commercial Road.
Yet another humble-looking restaurant that hides hidden treasures, Lahore One is without a doubt one of the best Pakistani restaurants in town. The food is divine, although don't expect a Michelin star experience to match - the decor and furnishings are sparse but I always feel that it makes you concentrate more of the amazing-ness of the food anyway. The service always comes with a smile and staff are always willing to chat to you about the dishes in order to ensure you are 100% happy with your meal.
From the outside, this just looks like a normal kebab place, but when you go inside and upstairs, there is a massive room which is like how I imagine lunch time would look in a school in Pakistan, except with more alcohol and fat drunk men in suits, shouting.
Food is all brilliant and spicy and cheap. I was a sweaty mess until the pistachio ice cream thing (a lot like a mini milk) which sorted me out at the end.
I was here for the work christmas curry on Thursday. Service was pretty slow but they brought us a few free dishes to say sorry, which more than made up for it
Better than East is East, but not as good as Mirch Masala or Tayyab's. That's my review. The rest is pretty much the same formula as the other curry houses in the area.
Oh, they are open quite late which can be very handy :)
Dabbelju from Berlin - perhaps because he is German - misses the point. The attraction of the Lahore is that it is 'authentic' and is how you would imagine a busy restaurant in Pakistan to be. The bustle, basic decor and businesslike manner of the waiters adds to the appeal of the place, and makes a refreshing change from the obsequiousness of your average surburban curry house waiter: 'Do you want anymore pappadoms or side dishes'?
The food is excellent, especially the lamb chops - which I believe are only served on a Friday, although I may be wrong. I see the basic no-nonsense menu as being an advantage. It is not as good value as it was years ago, before it was 'discovered' by the Islington intelligentsia, but it is still reasonable value.
Was taken here for somewhere to eat because they said Brick Lane was too busy and too over priced for a decent meal.
Bit of a walk, if your going to get here from the underground, best getting off at Shadwell or Whitechapel.
It has 3 huge screens up stairs so was ideal to watch the World CUp.
THere is always someone available to take an extra order, the food is always amazing.
It is defiently one of those "hidden gems" that if it wasn't on Qype I dont think no one who wouldnt know it was there would go to.
It is BYO, so the off licence next door gets loads of passing trade from ppl running in for a cheap bottle of wine or beer.
Beware though, medium to them is like a spicy hot to me.
order wisely, =D
The most authentic Pakistani restaurant that I have ever been to in the entire country.
The menu isn't very extensive and you can't buy any booze (but you can bring your own booze) but the quality of food is top notch.
I remember going to this place over 2 decades ago when it was always packed with huge queue's outside and it was about 1/8th of the size it is now.
Since then, they have not compromised on the taste of the food unlike Tayyabs who have watered down their flavours.
In the hotly debated world of food lovers, there's one thing most Londoners hold as gospel - if you want some good lamb chops, go to Whitechapel.
Whitechapel boasts some of the oldest and most revered Pakistani restaurants in London. Many would cite Tayyabs as a favourite. These kinds of places are to the feasting Brit what good Thai and Vietnamese restaurants are to the gluttonous Aussie. And, although the Thai and Vietnamese flavours are still preferable to my Australian palate, I'm not one to knock back a good plate of lamb chops. Here, in London, go to the right places and they do them so well.
Last week, we took on a feast at Lahore Kebab House.
The first thing you notice is that it's massive and it's packed to the rafters. The whole upstairs floor was crowded with groups welcoming in the weekend with Cobra beers, spicy curries, grilled chops, and tandoori chicken to their hearts' content. At least one thing this place has over Tayyabs is that there's so much seating, you won't have to spend half your night in a queue.
We started with poppadoms, minted yoghurt and mango chutney (all fairly standard) and, the main draw card for me, platefuls of expertly grilled, marinated lamb chops (£7.50). The spicy marinade is intense, but delicious, and our first serve was moist, tender and juicy - perfect. Subsequent platefuls were, unfortunately, quite chewy.
There's a full range of curries (£5.50 each for vegie, £7.50 each for meaty) varied from mild to spicy - we sampled most of them. While nothing screamed out at me as being earth shattering, they were a cut above the curries I've sampled closer to home in the West End. Serving sizes are decent.
The huge stacks of plain naan we ordered to slurp them up were excellent.
And (halleluyah!) it's BYO, so take your booze (there's an off-licence next door) and for 15 quid per head you can feast til you burst. Just don't expect any frills - champagne glasses were provided for the red wine drinkers.
Service is brusque and not particularly personable, but when you're getting such good food at low prices, and given the number of covers, you can't expect too many pleasantries. The only hitch occurred when our waiter spilled red wine all over the shirt of one of the ladies at our table - however, they did deduct her share from the bill.
Perhaps not a location for a romantic special occassion (do NOT get any ideas TPG), but just brilliant for a big, noisy night out with a gang of like minded gluttons.
For photos see Greedy Diva @ http://greedydiva.blogspot.com/2010/04/lahore-kebab-house...
If you want lo cost great traditional food and you don't care about all the fanciness (i.e don't bring somewhere there your trying to impress on a date)
Lahore is the one fantastic kebabs and delicious curry's have never been disappointed.
This place is always busy always a good sign for a restaurant.
So if all you want is great food no frill's could recommend it highly enough.
Cheap as chips and up there with Tayyabs! Lahore is close by still really easy to get to. If you prefer a good curry then Lahore is the one. This place seriously rivals Tayyabs for lamb chops, one of the guys we went with I reckon would've finished a whole plate of a dozen lamb chops if we weren't there! save for the TV screens playing sport its all good! BYO too!
Tres tasty northern Indian /Pakistani food. Go the lamb curries rather than seafood or other options, also don't be dissuaded by staff that think you might not like something - try the bone curry and ask for a side of fresh green chillis and lemon, which incredibly lighten and bring zing to otherwise often very rich curries. Great value, very busy, happy days.
A full, in depth review can be found here with loads of pics from my visit http://cheap-eat-london.com/2009/09/05/lahorekebabhouse/
If they put in the same effort into their curries as they do to their kebabs then it would be the best curry place in town. Instead, they drown overcooked meat in bland sauces and hope their outstanding kebabs garner customer loyalty. From the popularity of the place, it works well enough for them.
I love Indian food and this restuarant has everything cooked and spiced the way i love.
Been going to this restaurant for few years now and they never let me down.
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mjcrobinson, 9 August 2009:
It’s a great place. And New Tayyabs on Fieldgate isequally as good (but over crowded)
Both these places are Pakistani by the way, not Indian. Similar for sure but don’t ever call them Indian - they’ll be very annoyed.
Lahore is the cultural heart of Pakistan. The food is simply divine. I can’t recommend enough that you go to Lahore - don’t believe the media. Its perfectly safe and Lahoris are super friendly!!
Lahores is by far and away the best kebab house in London. Some might complain they prefer somewhere more cozy, or that the waiter didn’t turn up with a silver spoon up his derriere. To me that makes as much sense as trying to watch Liverpool in the Kop End and complaining about the noise. Lahores doesn’t do cozy, or service - it does food, damn good food, at damn cheap prices.
When I came in I was shocked with the hectic buzzle. Standing there open-eyed I just started to leave again when a waiter stopped me and asked me to wait. He (partly) cleaned a table for me and gave me a sticky menu. There was a limited choice of dishes but I ordered - while the waiter gave instructions to numberous other people - without having seen the face of that bloke.
Later somebody threw a plate with a naan at me, which I had not ordered. (It’s on the house.)
My “sheek kebab” turned out to be two rolls each about six inches long (!!) for 2 Pounds with salad and mint sauce. Good taste. Also the main dish - a curry - was good, but nothing special.
Sorry, I really prefer a proper cosy restaurant, with attentive service and not a hectic canteen with waiter who shout across the room.
In the end it was not really cheaper there.
The starters are simply amazing, and the grilled lamb chops rule. I actually just go in here to eat the starters, and don’t have a main course, which annoys the staff but I think they understand…oh yeah and it’s a bring your own, which is a big plus
Outstanding place, not just the kebabs, which are among the best around, but everything here is good. They have refurbished and expanded the restaurant completely. The original place was a glorified store front. With this change, no more long waits for a table. Prices have gone up, but it went from ridiculously cheap to very reasonable.
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