Aladdin Kebab House opened Sept. 2 in Willis. In doing so, owners Sheikh and Nasreen Iman created a mixture of Pakistani, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine drawing from their homeland and heritage to craft a menu of variety, flavor and spice.

Mariam Imran, their daughter, said it's been her dad’s dream to open a restaurant.

Mariam said Aladdin Kebab offers cuisine not often found nearby in northern Montgomery County. This is why they wanted to make the food more accessible, she said.

“There’s not a lot of Middle Eastern/Pakistani people here, and we wanted to introduce this type of food to people who are not of that race,” she said. “People love this food, but they have to drive all the way to The Woodlands or Houston, so this time, hopefully, people won’t have to drive that far.”

The Iman family moved to Montgomery in 2007. Mariam said her father, Sheikh, is originally from Pakistan and her mom, Nasreen, is from Syria.

“My dad loves food, and this has always been his dream,” she said. “He’s the one who wanted to make this style of food accessible to more people.”

The menu features items such as chicken biryani, a spicy rice made with bone-in chicken; beef seekh kebabs, ground meat on a skewer roasted over an open flame; and chicken malai boti, chunks of boneless chicken marinated in a cream sauce.

Other items include the traditional beef gyro wrap; hummus and naan; samosas, a fried triangle pastry filled with meat; and kheer rice pudding for dessert, a mixture of rice, sugar and milk flavored with spices, nuts and rose water.

Mariam said everything in the kitchen is made from scratch and cooked by Sheikh and Nasreen.

“When you come and eat here, you are literally getting home-cooked meals,” Mariam said. “Everything is cooked fresh over the flame. It’s going to take a couple minutes to make, but it’s worth it because you’re getting homemade, authentic food. It’s hard to find this anywhere else.”

Mariam said she hopes more people will become aware of the restaurant and the quality it offers. Aladdin Kebab House also offers service via Doordash, Uber Eats and GrubHub.

“We’re here, and we hope people will come and try us out,” she said.

Aladdin Kebab House

13721 FM 1097, Willis


Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun. noon-8:30 p.m.