Award-Winning South African Restaurant Opens Second Location
While successfully serving the community of north Houston at Vintage Park for six years, Peli Peli restaurant is excited to introduce its South African cuisine to a larger Houston audience at its second location in The Galleria. The restaurant occupies the 5,285-square-foot space formerly leased by Gigi's Asian Bistro at 5085 Westheimer Rd, including a 1,500 square-foot patio space with seating for 40.
"Our goal is to provide a dining and tasting experience unlike any other," says Executive Chef Paul Friedman. With that in mind, architect Si Dang of Andria Design (Moody Gardens, Houston Baptist Cultural Arts Center, and KUU Restaurant) has designed an enchanting dining space featuring a domed ceiling emulating the view beneath a canopy of trees in the middle of the desert, created by a backlit pattern of leaves and branches with color-changing LED's programmed to mimic watching the sunset within a one hour period. "The design of the restaurant is inspired by the food and culture of Peli Peli," says Dang. "The vibrant flavors of the food and warm hospitality have been infused into every detail and overall ambiance of the interiors."
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It started with an email blast.
"We want to be more than just a restaurant," it said.
And with that, the people behind Peli Peli, Houston's first South African
restaurant, launched an ambitious charitable campaign. The goal was to give back
to the community while also engaging its customers.
How do we describe Peli Peli? In one word, FLAVOR! Peli 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. The
spice rapidly became popular when used to prepare sauces and marinades for
chicken and seafood cuisine. Peli Peli's cuisine, known as South African Fusion,
features authentic South African delicacies along with American steak, chicken and
seafood favorites that are prepared in Chef Paul Friedman's South African style. Read More →
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The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 American Fare Restaurants in the U.S.
Chef Paul Friedman listed in Best Chef America
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Peli Peli, Houston's only South African restaurant, features steak, chicken & seafood cuisine with a "twist" - 2013 Diners' Choice Award winner for the Top 100 American Fare Restaurants in the US.
Peli Peli Vintage Park110 Vintage Park Blvd., Suite PHouston, Texas 77070
Peli Peli Galleria5085 Westheimer Rd Ste B2515Houston, Texas 77056
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm
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