Andaaz has always been about the food. And more.
That the restaurant is situated in the heart of the Walled City, nestled between the Mughal-era Badshahi mosque and the city’s traditional red light district, is no accident. The area is steeped in history and is home to some of the city’s finest architecture. The Andaaz building itself was constructed nearly a century ago. In acknowledgment to this, the ground floor serves as a mini museum; dedicated to artefacts from a bygone era.
No single country can claim ownership of this region’s culinary delights. The Subcontinent offers a rich tapestry of diverse culture, in terms of language, customs and religious heritage. This extends to food. as well. Andaaz takes pride in showcasing authentic fare from all across Pakistan; serving up traditional menus from Hunza, Waziristan and Kashmir, to name a few. We invite local chefs to Lahore and have them train our staff. In return, our team schools them in the art of Punjabi cuisine. It remains our overriding objective to put Pakistan on the food map both at home and abroad.
This commitment to sustainable vocational instruction runs deep. We hire exclusively from the local community; including the most marginalised, such as sex workers transgenders. Indeed, 95 percent of Andaaz’s staff had no formal work experience before coming on board. We have trained hundreds of people; many of whom are currently working in hospitality establishments in and outside the country. This has been achievable only because all have been educated in the science of food preparation.
We invite you to join us on this journey.