Houston >Peli Peli Flame Pepper Fusion
“the dining rooms TVs were ridiculous - it took a beautiful restaurant down to a "cheap" atmosphere.”
“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!”
“The appetizers and sides were good enough that I would come back and just order a huge portion of them (steak appetizer!”
“Also, the staff was so friendly.”
“The entree's were pretty expensive for the level of the restaurant, and the Wine list is weak.”
ABSOLUTLY HORRIBLE. I MOVED HERE FROM WASHINGTON D.C. TO WORK AND I LIVE AT A SUBDIVISION ACROSS THE STREET FROM PELI'S AND HAVE HAD TO EAT HERE SEVERAL BECAUSE OUR JOB IS NEARBY. WELL LET ME TELL YOU I WOULD NEVER TAKE MY D.C. FRIENDS OR PARTNER HERE TO DINE. FOOD WAS WAY TO SWEET AND ONLY BECAUSE I HAVE LIVED IN SOUTH AFRICA I CAN TELL YOU THERE IS NOTHING ON THE MENUE THAT IS AUTHENTIC S.AFRICAN. SERVICE HAS BEEN BAD EVERY TIME AND EVEN ASKED TO SPEAK TO THE MANAGER BEFORE AND SHE PRETTY MUCH LET ME KNOW NOTHING WOULD CHANGE BECAUSE THE S.AFRICAN OWNER WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING ABOUT THE MENUE OR TRAINING ITS STAFF. WELL IM NOT SURE HOW LONG THIS PLACE WILL LAST BUT IM HOPING NOT LONG! MAKE ROOM FOR A DECENT PLACE TO EAT ACROSS FROM HOME PLEASE!!!
This restaurant seems to have a brand identity crisis. When I walked in I was amazed at the beautiful decor - rivals most top restaurants throughout the US (I travel every week for business and dine is some wonderful restaurants) then..... I was walked past the server station with fountain drinks to get to my table - felt like I was in Denny's... the server told me she really didn't drink red wine so she couldn't recommend any to me, and the amount of SA wine was miniscule (have your distributor train your servers on the wine you sell, they will do that for you)....... silverware was not cleared between courses - I was told I could give them my fork and knife if I wanted to (so, it sat on the table)... the dining rooms TVs were ridiculous - it took a beautiful restaurant down to a "cheap" atmosphere... the beer list is awful as well - I assume either only Russian beer is sold in South Africa or the clientele is only "Russian"? Overall, a comical disappointment even with good food - even though we enjoyed the dishes I just had to laugh it all off - it could be so much more. But, I guess with the other folks reviews and the fact the restaurant was packed, it is working fine for their diners. Could've been for us but, won't be back unless some things are brought up to the level they should be.
Agree with another review- SA Chilis.....
Above average with a unique tast. The food was cooked to perfection. The atmosphere was really nice. But I was a little dissapointed in the amount of space. At times I felt crowded.Other than those few details it was a great experience and will be coming back.
Dining Under The Acacia. Peli Peli's food is spectacular in both taste and in presentation. It is simply art on a plate. The ambiance is soothing, yet illuminating. I assure you once you dine under the Acacia Tree your heart, mind, and stomach will desire that experience time and time again.
Interesting concept, great food! Not upscale at all..
The South African spices and flare were really tasty and interesting. I had the Prawns and my wife had the Sea Bass, both were great and had a nice zing to them without being overbearing. We really liked everything we ate and would probably go back for the food. The decor and centerpiece of the restaurant and the lighting rotation was really cool. Something to see!
On the down side we ate off of plastic plates for the appetizer, and the Blue Cheese dip can in one of those plastic condiment cups with the lid and a big "B" written on the lid ...very tacky! The entree's were pretty expensive for the level of the restaurant, and the Wine list is weak.
If you like your food with a little zest, and an interesting decor, you'll like this place. But don't expect something fancy, more like South African Chilli's.
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AMAZING NEW RESTAURANT!. I have been to Peli Peli for brunch and dinner to try both their menus and I've got to say that it is amazing!!! I 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! The bread was amazing and the chicken with the sauce tasted great. And it was well priced too! After having this sandwich I had to come back to dinner and I will have to say I was equally impressed. The appetizers and sides were good enough that I would come back and just order a huge portion of them (steak appetizer! and the rice/cole slaw is really really good!) The entree was equally delicious (order the Sea Bass its to die for!) After a great meal a perfect dessert topped everything off (loved the passionfruit). The best thing about this restaurant is that even though I loved everything I ordered, the menu was so intriguing that I wanted to try everything. Hoping that I can go back and try new things, but what I had was SO AMAZING that I might have to stick to it. The service/ambiance of the restaurant matched the food perfectly. Everyone should try Peli Peli and explore their menu like I will be doing for the next few months! I guarantee you will not be disappointed
Great Dining Experience.
During a recent visit to Houston, a friend brought me to this new Restaurant. Turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip! Situated in a new plaza, this South African Fusion restaurant offered fantastic food and service in a uniquely decorated and comfortable space. 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. The advertising screens were also interesting, showing short videos of the chef, and the specials throughout the week. There was a live two-person band playing which created a nice background ambiance, but wasn't overpowering as we were still able to carry on a normal conversation.
The serving staff was knowledgeable and took good care of us. We were even lucky enough to meet Chef Paul, who came out a couple times and greeted customers, asking us how we were enjoying our meals. He obviously takes great pride in his restaurant and his food and it shows.
So what about the food? One word - Amazing! From the bacon-wrapped chicken appetizer to the surf and turf (head-on Peli Peli prawns were excellent!) and finished with the Sticky Toffee Pudding, it was a fantastic dining experience. The sides (I tried the couscous and seasonal vegetables) were delicious and the coleslaw was fantastic. They also have a good wine list, and the South African offerings in particular were a nice addition to the meal.
It's a shame I was only visiting Houston, because if I lived there I would definitely be eating at Peli Peli frequently! If you are lucky enough to be in Houston, Peli Peli should be on your list of restaurants that you must experience!
Peli Peli is wonderful.
My family and I went to Peli Peli for brunch and I must say the whole experience was one of a kind. As we opened the door, the alluring sound of the Jazz band waived us in. My eyes were amazed at the vibrant colors that were canvased within the dark boldness of the wooded architecture. I sat down and ordered the drink of the hour "The Mimosa", garnished with a simple slice of strawberry. Once my Omelet with Mango Salsa was placed in front of me, my eyes lit up like a kid because it was simple art at first glance. Once the fork is to my mouth it was an explosion of flavors. The food was so good we had to try desert and we could not decide which one to get so we decided to try two: African Mud Hut and Crepes Calypso..Both To Die For!!!
The staff was clean, courteous, and very attentive to our needs, we wanted for nothing as we dined.
Chef Paul is truly a visionary, after listening to his history, experience, and finally tasting his food, it made sense that you would find peace under the Acacia Tree as you dine. I highly recommend Peli Peli for brunch, lunch, dinner, or just cocktails with your friends. Oh..and Ladies, the bathroom will make you feel like you are in a swanky top of the line Spa on Rodeo Drive. From start to finish my experience at Peli Peli was one of the best ones I have had in a long time.
Latreca Q. Whitfield
Delicious food & great ambience!.
We came here with the family on a Friday night and were all very surprised at how delicious everything was! There is a South African twist to the menu and everything we had was extremely tasty and unique. For appetizers, I would recommend the bacon & chicken appetizers and the liver (its really good!) For entrees, we had the sea bass, prawns and filet mignon - all of which were amazing, esp the sea bass! For dessert, we had some passion fruit thing, I dont remember what it was called but it was delicious!
Highly recommend this restaurant - it seems to work well for bigger groups as well as couples.
Good Ambiance - quality food - good vibes. Good management, professional staff, music nights provide good vibes, good place to bring birthday parties and celebrations...
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