Pakistani Entrepreneur Turns UK’s Iconic Red Phone Box Into ‘World’s Smallest Takeaway Restaurant’

Lamb Biryani and Dal Chawal? Yummy!

(Tayyab Shafiq; Paul Goward)

A Pakistani entrepreneur has launched a small takeaway serving delicious Pakistani food in three London phone booths with plans to open further franchises across Britain.

Tayyab Shafiq, 25, rented the Red Kiosk Company’s booths, which reuses old phone booths.

(Doug Seeburg – The Sun)

Originally from Lahore, Tayyab Shafiq came to the UK to study at the University College London (UCL) four years ago. He is a qualified mechanical engineer.

“As a young Pakistan Entrepreneur starting my businesses in the UK, it saddened me that people connect desi food with Indian cuisine. I want British people to relate to the Pakistani cuisine as much as they do with Indian food,” said Tayyab in an interview with Geo News.

(Doug Seeburg – The Sun)

Tayyab says he wants to promote Pakistani traditions and bring back Pakistan’s golden sparrow image in the most iconic manner.

Located just around Uxbridge High Street, North West London, Tayyab Shafiq has been cheerfully posing for pictures for the British press.

His business venture of aromatic, mouth-watering biryanis has been covered in various British papers.

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“As there are so many Pakistanis in the UK, I had the vision to create a business representing Pakistani culture in the UK and to play my role in strengthening the bond between the UK and Pakistan, especially after Brexit when the UK is looking for new business partners. It’s a prime opportunity to re-establish the holdings in the UK,” Tayyab remarked.

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He said his “smallest takeaway in the world” serves lamb and chicken biryani, samosas, dal chawal, drinks, and various other snacks.

He gets the food delivered to the booth twice daily and uses electric food warmers to keep the food hot and fresh.

(Doug Seeburg – The Sun)

A password-protected punching pad secures the three phone booths, and Tayyab also plans to install security alarms.

South Asian and Pakistani food, in particular, has become increasingly popular in the UK with the “Chicken Tikka Masala” being named as Britain’s national dish!

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‘Beauty of the restaurant.’

There are thousands of Pakistanis in London who also offer a vast market for desi cuisine.

Tayyab accepted that the place is tiny and struggles to fit himself inside.

“That is the beauty of this restaurant. There’s no place to sit. You can only do takeaway and enjoy food in your own space and your area,” said the entrepreneur.

(Doug Seeburg – The Sun)

London’s iconic phone boxes became dysfunctional around five years ago after their utility came to an end.

The Red Kiosk Company that owns these booths then locked up most of these booths decorated them in bright red to make them a tourist attraction.

Tayyab says that he started this unique venture to give the iconic red telephone booths another life.

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