Founded by Aziz Noorani, Chef Faisel Ahmad, and Aftab Bawani, Lasbela Restaurant reflects the finest standards of Pakistan. The atmosphere, the interior, the food and even the dinnerware are contemporary while reminiscing all the way back to the fabulous palaces of the Mughal Dynasty. “This is an experience,” explains Aziz. “It’s a celebration of Pakistani culture, tradition, religion, music, art, architecture, and history through our cuisine.”
“There’s a common misconception that Pakistani food is similar to Indian,” continues Aziz. “It’s not. Our cuisine is prepared according to the values and guidelines of halal. There’s nothing complicated about halal, it merely refers to the humane slaughtering of the animals…resulting in superior taste. We prepare a variety of proteins, including lamb, goat, chicken, beef, and seafood (both fin and shellfish). Aromatic herbs and spices give the food a very rich flavor.”
Chef Faisel says, “The base of our food is 400 years of Mughal history. I’ve fused that base with local flavors using a variety of cooking techniques. There’s something on the menu that everyone can identify with and relate to.” Selections include appetizers, soups, salads, barbecue entrees, grilled entrees, currys, rice items, desserts, and both traditional and trendy drinks. All food is always fresh, never frozen.
Lasbela is currently the only Pakistani white tablecloth fine dining restaurant in the United States. Aziz studied at the Culinary Institute of America. He earned a Master’s Degree in Hospitality and Marketing and has more than 25 years experience in the industry. “I searched the United States for the perfect place to open my vision. I selected Sugar Land for its diversity and opportunity.” Launched just over a year ago, Lasbela boasts a 4.9 star rating on Google with nearly 1,500 reviews. The wall-of-fame at the entrance is peppered with local, national and international celebrities. This is a happy, happening place with something going on every month: live jazz, standup comedy, karaoke, and holiday celebrations. “We celebrate traditional holidays and local holidays,” says Aziz. “Check our website, Facebook or Instagram for upcoming events.” Loyalty cards and Lasbela Club memberships are on the horizon and will include access to a variety of privileges.
Dining is open for both lunch and dinner. Lasbela offers to-go, delivery, and catering tray options. For special events, Lasbela can host up to 60 people in its private room, and up to 250 people in the banquet room. Catering is also available, including outdoor “live” backyard catering that’s “barbecue to plate.”
“We wanted to bring something different to this community, the community my family and I call home,” says Aziz. “When you stop in, ask for me. I can’t wait to meet you!”
Lasbela Restaurant and Catering
13849 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478