Houston >Peli Peli Flame Pepper Fusion
“The atmosphere was really nice.”
“can't remember the name but it looked like a huge chocolate volcano dripping with chocolate sauce.”
“highly recommend Peli Peli for brunch, lunch, dinner, or just cocktails with your friends.”
“For the main course I had the huge prawns and serve with rice on the side with their special sauce.”
“There is a South African twist to the menu and everything we had was extremely tasty and unique.”
“went to brunch first for a workers meeting and had a soup and chicken sandwich and it was the best sandwich I have had in a restaurant!”
“We really liked everything we ate and would probably go back for the food.”
“The staff was clean, courteous, and very attentive to our needs, we wanted for nothing as we dined.”
“From the huge "Acacia" tree in the middle, to the cool color-changing lighting on the walls, the decor becomes part of the dining experience.”
This place is a JOKE!!!.
Read all the wonderful reviews and really wanted to try out their food. I wanted to take all of my staff out here for Thanksgiving. Called to reserve a week in advance for a party of 7 and they told us they would close early on our preferred date. We chose to reserve for a late lunch before they closed. Usually an upscale eatery should call to confirm reservations. This place did not. We called the day before just to make sure though and said reservation was confirmed. We show up the next day at the reserved time and were told the restaurant was closed even though their open sign was still on. They never bothered to call us to tell us this. The manager told us the kitchen has already closed. I was extremely upset at this BS and poor management. I would never expect this at fine establishments like Mark's or Chez Roux. Ended up going to Perry's nearby who were very accomodating for our group of 7.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Don't bother making reservations. This second-rate restaurant do not honor reservations. You'll have better luck as a walk-in.
Forget it if you have a large party! Worst manager ever!. The only reason I gave this restaurant 1 star is because I had to. I honestly cannot write a reveiw based on the food or the dining experience because I never made it to the restaurant. I made reservations for a party of 14 and was told that the manager would call me back in 30 minutes to confirm those reservations. Two hours later I still had not heard back from anyone, so I called again and left a message. Still nothing five hours after that. So then I emailed the manager. He called me within five minutes of my email only to inform me that he could not take reservations for a party larger than 12 between the hours of 7 and 9. He said we could come at 5 but that we would have to be finished and leave by 7. So thanks but no thanks Peli Peli. I will take my business to a restaurant that actually wants to serve customers.
Nice Place - Needs Revisions. Been here twice! Like the the interior except tables to high for seat height - about 2 inches. Piano player on Saturday was boring and too loud. Don't need it! Good low level light hearted background music would be much better. Very low class flatware - cheap China stuff not in keeping with the ambiance of this nice place. Food quite good and innovative. Gumbo great but way too salty. Sausages great as well as the stuffed Peppadew peppers. Good service when delightful wait person Stacy is there. A few refinements will make this a killer place. Will go back but if the piano is too loud again -- will not return.
Gourmet Food at a Reasonable Price.
My husband and I just tried this restaurant for the first time last night. It was wonderful and I would recommend going during the week if its your first time there. Chef Paul Friedman came to our table twice and we had the pleasure of hearing the history, symbolism and explanation of the decor straight from him!
They have happy hour until 7 for our first drinks were half price ($5). We had all of his noted favorites from the menu...Boerewors Sausage and Flatbread as appetizers, hubby had the Filot topped with a blue cheese, bacon and black cherry sauce, I had the Peli Peli Chicken (1/2 chicken in a sweet glaze with a mildly spicy dipping sauce), and we have the Sticky Toffee for dessert. It was all very delicious! We also had two glasses of wine that were reasonably priced. Total bill for 4 drinks, 2 apps, 2 entrees and dessert $110.
A unique thing about them, they serve a small red pepper (can't recall the name) on every plate that Chef Paul told us would cleanse the palette. When you first bite it, its sweet but as you chew you get the spicy heat. Also, with the steak my husband had green beans and sweet potato freis and ate them all! Plus he had some of the dessert, which is not usual for him!
We have eaten in upscale restaurants all over the world and several in Houston this is now one our new hometown favorites. Mainly because you get the gourmet experience for a great price, but also in a more casual atmosphere.
My Fav in Cypress.
First , the decor is unexpected in this area.. It's the place I like to bring out of towners who don't want the BBQ places. . Wonderful steak, chicken and seafood with things like burgers and ribs as well. The sea bass is my fav at dinner.
The service has always been good, Thomas & Chef Paul usually make the rounds to make sure all is to your liking. Live music is often playing! Love the Nueve Flamenco.
My only complaint is them serving the salad dressing in a lil' lidded plastic cup. Just doesnt fit the class level of this place. The only bad thing on the menu was a breaded cutlet. very "institutional" . But do save room for the sticky toffee pudding! it's heaven!
If you are looking for a different place to eat , see you under the acacia tree!
Great Dinning Experience!!. We celebrated our anniversary last night at Peli Peli – it was AMAZING! Our steaks (rib eye and the garlic butter fillet special) melted in our mouth - some of the best steak I have tasted in Houston. We also had the chicken wrapped in bacon app which was also fantastic. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food. Our server, Hannah, was great – very helpful at explaining the menu and offering suggestions. TOP NOTCH Service! The atmosphere and decor is very nice and unique from any other restaurant in the town; the band was a great addition to our romantic dinner. We are definitely going back.
disappointed. Had read about this restaurant and was looking forward to visiting it. My husband and I like to try different foods. Went on a weeknight. Biltong Bowl tasted like not quite dried jerky. Sampler Plate was unremarkable tastewise and looked as though the food was dumped on the plate. Chilean sea bass was good--nothing unusual. Other reviewers have spoken about presentation--we saw nothing to be impressed about. Only thing that bears mentioning in a good way was the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Overall was disappointed and will not be back.
best sea bass in town. Everything I have ordered from Peli-Peli has been delicious and flavorfull. I would recommend ordering the sea bass or prawns if you like seafood. If you prefer meat then the filet migon or salsa mango chicken is also great. They have one of the best prices for lunch, under $10 and enough to share with someone else. Portions are just right and I always leave full and happy. Desserts are the best there if you have room. Try the sticky toffee pudding or african mud hut for chocolate lover.
Great Food & Dessert was Delicious. I had a salad. The salad was so delicious. For the main course I had the huge prawns and serve with rice on the side with their special sauce. My favorite part of the night was the dessert. I can't remember the name but it looked like a huge chocolate volcano dripping with chocolate sauce. The BEST dessert I've had so far anywhere. I really enjoyed the music and the atmoshpere. Best part of the night was when the chef came out and started talking with us and telling us about the restaurant and how it came about. It was packed when we went and we were lucky enough to get the last open table by the bar. I wanted to be on the other side but we ended up on the side of the bar so we didn't get to see much of the main room. That is my only regret but will be back there in the future.
The best sea bass ive ever had......
I attended a birthday party at Peli Peli this past weekend and was blown away by the decor. Looks like a restaurant you would see in Vegas and I was surprised it was located in the suburbs of NW Houston. My friend told me it was a South African restaurant, but the menu is pretty much steak, chicken and seafood with things like burgers and ribs as well. I tried the sea bass since i love seafood and absolutely loved it. It had a lot of flavor to it and was cooked a bit different than I am used to.
The service was good especially for such a large group and there is live music on the weekends (at least there was when we were there).
If you are looking for a different place to eat out with good food, you wont be disappointed.
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