Last week we had the marvelous opportunity to try South African cuisine at Peli Peli in the Houston Galleria. We tried some exciting, new flavors that we absolutely LOVED!
Fun Fact: Peli (also known as Piri Piri or Peri Peri), which means Bird’s-Eye Chili, is a spice that was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th Century on the plains of Southern Africa.
Neither of us had ever had South African cuisine before, so we had no idea what to expect. We came with an open mind and we were definitely surprised by the exhilarating combination of flavors.
Did you know that Peli Peli is the only South African fusion restaurant in Texas and one of the few restaurants in Houston to have at least 4-star ratings in every online food and drink website? If that is not a good sign to come check them out, I don’t know what kind of food you are into 😉
What is cool about Peli Peli, is that it has an avant-garde architecture, and a modern atmosphere. It also has spacious dining area, a Sunday brunch, full bar & lounge, a cozy, private dining room and an outdoor patio facing the Piazza and of course…. Oh, and an amazing Happy Hour menu!
Now the best part, the tasting!
Passionfruit Mai Tai: Coconut Rum • Overproof Rum • Pineapple • Orange • Passionfruit• Jamaican Rum Float
Cape Town Cucumber: Cucumber Vodka • Mint • Lemon • Peri Spice RimPeli Peli Bellini: Rum • Sparkling Wine •Mango • Peach • Sugar Rim
Stuffed Mushrooms: Champignon Mushrooms • Kingklip Stuffing • Peli Peli Sauce • Mixed Cheese
Biltong Board: Trio of South African Cured Beef • Traditional • Garlic • Spicy Kudo
Bobotie :Curried Ground Beef • Carrot Bredie • Flaky Pastry Crust • Mango Chutney (Must try!)
Cape Malay Chicken Potjie Pot: Chicken • Potatoes • Carrots • Peas • Cilantro • Chopped Red Onions • Chopped Tomatoes • Toasted Coconut Mango Chutney • South African Rice
Great Karoo Lamb Chops: 2 Lamb Chops • Lemon Juice • Peli Herb Mix • Homemade Mint Sauce (Delish!)
Chicken Espetada: Basted Chicken • Garlic Herb Butter • Onions • Sautéed Baby Spinach • Roasted Red Potatoes • Carrot Bredie
Filet Medallions: Filet Medallions with sauce (Huguenot, Garlic Herb Butter, Diane, Peli Peli Sauce, or Madagascar Peppercorn)
Sticky Toffee Pudding: Rich Moist Cake • Homemade Sticky Toffee • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (OUR FAVE!)
Melktart Brûlée: Traditional South African Dessert with a Peli Peli Twist
We were lucky and had the chance to meet chef Paul Friedman! 😉
Come check out any of their 3 locations all over Houston:
Peli Peli @ Vintage Park
110 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite P
Houston, Texas 77070
Peli Peli @ Galleria
5085 Westheimer Rd, Ste B2515
Houston, Texas 77056
Peli Peli @ LaCenterra
23501 Cinco Ranch, Ste R140
Katy, Texas 77494
Feeling more casual and in a hurry? Stop by:
Peli Peli Kitchen
9090 Katy Fwy
Houston, Texas 77024
Austin location coming soon! 😉
Follow them on social media to see what they are up to!
We hope this post has inspired you to venture out into trying some fun and exotic flavors!
The Colorful Chronicle
Post in partnership with Peli Peli, all opinions are our own.
Photos by: Wesley Chan