Houston >Food & Dining > Pasha Restaurant
2325 University Blvd, Houston, TX | Directions 7700529.714825 -95.413865
Mon Closed, Tue-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sun 11am-11pm
Neighborhoods: South Central, University Place
We recently visited Pasha and enjoyed a most delightful lunch. The owner and wait staff treated us as if we were their houseguests. The atmosphere was pleasant and low-key with lots of space between tables. But the food... OMG... best Mediterranean food I've ever had in Houston. We shared the appetizer sampler plate and honestly it was more than enough for a meal for two people. We ended up taking most of our meal home and had it for dinner... and it was just as good warmed up as it was in the restaurant. We'll be back... and often.
Best Turkish Restaurant in Houston – Pasha is without question one of the best restaurants in Houston. The food is absolutely delectable and the service is second to none. My husband and I first went to Pasha in 2005 and have been regulars ever since, sometimes eating there three and four times a week. The food is always fresh, mouthwatering and prepared with extreme care. The owner, Mustafa, is an absolute pleasure to be around. He takes the customers preferences and satisfaction very seriously and takes immense pride in the quality of his food.
It is very difficult to find restaurants in Houston that make vegetarian or vegan dishes and not only understand but cater to the particular preferences of some vegans. The vegan options at Pasha are plentiful and absolutely amazing. Our favorite dish is the mixed vegetable plate, which includes an assortment of vegetables in the most wonderful sauce, served on a bed of seasoned rice - absolutely scrumptious. The veggie pide is light, yet filling, tasty, but subtle at the same time. The humus, babaganush, tabuli and ezme are an absolute must to try. The texture of the humus and babaganush is perfect, flavors are rich yet subtle. Another favorite of ours is the dolma, again, perfect combination of flavors, great texture – it is impossible to eat just one. Our favorite treat on recent cold days is Mustafa’s lentil soup – absolutely wonderful.
At Pasha the food is wonderful, the environment is relaxing and comforting, the service is impeccable, but our highest complement for this wonderful restaurant is they are consistent! They do not have off days where the food is not as good or the staff is not as attentive. For five years we have always received the best food and service possible and are extremely grateful. Thank you Mustafa for everything!
DELICIOUS - A Weekly Must for Us! – My boyfriend and I absolutely love Pasha food! We go here at least once a week. The environment is homely, authentic, and the workers, including the owner, are welcoming and friendly. The food is incredibly delicious-- a few days ago, I tried the sultan kebab and it was to DIE for; eggplant puree topped with tender, juicy lamb and rice on the side. Some of our other favorites are the menemen, Turkish pizza, and of course, hummus and pita bread!
owner's is rude – when the food is not nice, and you say it, owner has a temper. He does not try to get the feedback. He was not nice at all when we asked him the gyro had a hard to chew pita in it.
Delicious! – This was my first time to eat at a Turkish restaurant, and I loved it! I ordered the doner durum, lebni and hummus... all of which were fabulous and fresh. I will definitely visit Pasha again!
Eat Like A Sultan, Dine Like a Pasha – Pasha Turkish Restaurant is a cozy little house that has been converted into a restaurant to cater to the surrounding Rice community. Located on University Blvd. between Greenbriar Dr. and Morningside Dr., Pasha caters to a variety of tastes and wallet sizes. Recommended by publications like Zagat, Texas Monthly, the Houston Chronicle and My Table, Pasha is open only for lunch and dinner, with a menu for each.
The lunch menu caters to those stopping by to get a quick bite to eat. Menu items are downgraded slightly in size and are less expensive than at dinner. Try the creamy mashed chickpeas, tahini and garlic hummus as an appetizer to go along with a free order of unlimited, freshly-baked brick oven bread and olive oil infused with rosemary and ground black pepper. Also delicious are the Dolmas, delicacies of fresh white rice, crushed pine nuts, chopped onions and Turkish spices stuffed inside a rolled grape leaf.
For a real taste of the restaurant, Pasha offers a Meze Platter. This platter combines the best appetizers that the restaurant offers: hummus, meze, baba ghanoush, tabouli, eggplant salad, Dolma and labneh.
While the kebabs are all wonderfully seasoned but not overpowering, the real jewel of Pasha lies in the Doner Durum. The Doner Durum is a very simple yet elegant dish comprised of gyro slices rolled in a very thin layer of dough served in a rich and creamy yogurt sauce. Though decorated with tomatoes and herbs, this dish is not aesthetically appealing; nevertheless, it tastes incredible.
If all this sounds like too much, try the lunch special offered Tuesday through Sunday until 3 p.m. It consists of an entrée with either the soup of the day or the Turkish salad made with freshly cut tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, red onions and parsley and sprinkled with a light lemon oil dressing. The entrée choices include selections of seasoned and marinated chopped or ground meat and vegetables served on a soft bed of lightly flavored rice.
If that does not fill the void in a hungry stomach, Pasha prides itself on its oval Turkish pizzas. These are sauceless creations that combine traditional Turkish cuisine with mozzarella to create a delicacy that is not only delicious but also appropriate to eat with a knife and fork. The restaurant also offers a selection of wonderful sandwiches and wraps for those on the go.
For the dinner menu, Pasha unveils its signature dishes in its specialties section. Dishes such as the Yogurtlu Kebab present diners with choices of chargrilled lamb, beef or chicken kebabs ladled over soft pita bread topped with a zesty garlic yogurt sauce.
Other specialties include Menemen, a stew of sautéed tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, feta cheese and eggs served on a bed of rice, and the Patlican Kebab, wonderfully marinated and chargrilled eggplant with light pepper and skewers of ground beef and lamb.
Save room for dessert. Pasha has a very light and flaky baklava, a sweet and crunchy Tel Kadayif, a creamy and flavorful rice pudding called Sutlac and an amazing caramelized flan dusted lightly with cinnamon.
Pasha usually offers all of this to customers for about ten dollars per order for lunch and fifteen dollars for dinner, but with the HedgeHopper Card, orders are discounted ten percent. For great food, great prices and a comfortable dining area, check out Pasha Turkish Restaurant and see what you think.
A winner! – have been meaning to enter this review for a while. Ate there several months ago. I can't describe how great the food was. Authentic, fresh, etc. Just excellent. The service was top notch too!
Amazing food, unbeatable service – I am part of a student group at Rice University that requires catering every week. Originally, we had hoped to get a different place to cater each week, but after we tried Pasha for the first time, we were hooked. They have the most delicious, authentic Mediterranean food I have had in Houston, and I have lived here for almost 20 years.
Their food is amazing, but the service is what keeps me coming back. The people are fantastic, and they are always great about recommending something new (and, of course, tasty).
Whether you are looking to cater an event for 30 or spend a nice night out with a friend, Pasha has everything you can ask for – food, great atmosphere, and friendly prices.
Best Turkish food – The food here is fantastic and the service is great. We love the bread that they give you before the meal. The ambience is also great.
Great food, Great serivce, friendly and helpful staff – We've been meaning to eat at Pasha for a while. We did this evening, a spur of the moment decision, and were so pleased that we did.
The food was excellent, lots of variety, very fresh, tasty. The staff were excellent, polite, helpful.
All in all a 5* experience. We'll be back for sure!
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