nearly three decades ago, our family was forced to flee afghanistan after the soviet invasion, leaving family and possessions behind like many refugees before us. 

like many immigrants to america, we pursued an entrepreneurial path to channel our creativity and take part in the american dream. in 2003, we opened our first restaurant cafe bonaparte.  over the last twelve years, we added two more european-inspired venues to the popal restaurant group, napoleon bistro (2007)—now home to lapis— and malmaison (2013).

lapis has been a dream a long time in the works. here we cook the flavors of our childhood, and fill the kitchen with scents of a distant home. we invite you to join us around our family table and savor the flavors of our history. 

Lapis - Family Owned Restaurant - Washington, DC