There are few restaurants so legendary that word of them spreads to various corners of the world. Many do this with celebrity chefs or Michelin stars, but this place has no need. Lahore Kebab House does all their publicity through word of mouth, thanks to their incredible food. I come from an international friend group, and we had all heard of the legend of Lahore Kebab House all the way back in California, Canada, Denmark, and India. It's just that good. We knew we had to go.
Lahore Kebab House is of the humblest of humble. If you don't see their small, glowing sign, you could miss it while walking down Whitechapel.
One inside, you realise just how huge the place is. It has a very homey feel, as they don't try to stuff it up with decor, as not a space can be wasted with the huge queues they drum up. The restaurant itself is massive, housing hundreds of people on multiple floors. I don't think I've ever been to a bigger restaurant. Hoards of people are seated around giant canteen-style tables. The place has a huge energy, as everyone is talking and enjoying themselves.
The menu is the only place besides their plates that they boast their greatness.
The tiniest small line on their menu recognises their greatness - "The most famous Halal restaurant in the world." Now, if you aren't very familiar with Pakistani or Indian food, it would help if you had your phone ready to google the dishes, as there are no descriptions besides the type of protein in each traditional dish.
One thing you have to order is their lamb chops. This is what they are really famous for, and after going, I can definitely see why. It is the most tender meat I've ever eaten, and they are seasoned to perfection. Trust me on this one, once you have them, you'll want to place a second order of them (we definitely did).
Everything here is served family style, so make sure to go in a big group and order a bit of everything so that you get to try it all. From lamb chops to curries to biryanis to naan, you're spoiled for choice and you'll regret it if you don't get to at least try a bite of everything.
Go ahead, dig in - its customary to use your hands.
One of the real highlights is that you can bring in your own drinks or alcohol at no charge. Even more convenient is that its positioned right next to an off license shop, you can stock up before you chow down.
Another interesting aspect is that you can haggle the price, though I wouldn't recommend it. The food is already inexpensive as is and is definitely worth the price you pay.
On the way out, make sure you try a piece of polarising paan - a traditional after dinner mouth refreshment. When you unwrap the foil, you get a leaf, dripping with a pink almost syrup-like sauce, and inside it is stuffed with various herbs and seeds. Fair warning though, paan's unique taste is not for everyone, as four members of our group ended up hating it (I quite enjoyed it though, but it is definitely different).
This is one of the few instances where I can't really sell something enough, as it is without a doubt the best Indian and Pakistani food I have ever eaten, and I will definitely be returning very, very soon.