Sip, dip, and enjoy live jazz with today’s multisensory Groupon. For $20, you’ll get $40 worth of cocktails and cuisine at Peli Peli, where dishes are sided with signature dipping sauces and an earful of jazzy beats. Houston Citysearchers voted Peli Peli Houston’s Best Romantic Bar and Best Live Music Venue in 2009.
Saunter through the spacious dining room and take a seat under the illuminated branches of Peli Peli’s 30-foot acacia tree, the luminous tree species that is smart and mobile enough to play tennis on the teen circuit. Flexing his international culinary cred, chef Paul Friedman has developed a personal blend of exotic fruit-infused spices to create a collection of dipping sauces and marinades. Start with the bacon-wrapped chicken peli-peli ($8), served with coconut dipping sauce, or red wine lacquered finger ribs ($9), made by, but not with, fingers. Entrees include spice-kicked proteins from both land and sea, including filet mignon ($28), peli-peli prawns ($28), and herb-crusted lamb chops ($28). Top off the meal with a tropical treat, such as the grilled fruit passion, passion-fruit-cream-crested pineapple, mango, and banana housed in a chocolate shell ($8).
Peli Peli also serves lunch and a Sunday brunch. Enjoy live jazz music Tuesday through Saturday starting at 6 p.m. and during Sunday brunch. Get this Groupon to treat your taste buds to international flavors or to upgrade to spicier condiments.
- 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! – thomas, Urbanspoon
- Peli Peli's food is spectacular in both taste and in presentation. It is simply art on a plate. – latreca07, Citysearch
- Good management, professional staff, music nights provide good vibes, good place to bring birthday parties and celebrations. – manonguyen, Citysearch
Diners at Peli Peli know to expect great food and live jazz, but they may be surprised to see the restaurant’s 30-foot acacia tree. What other surprising sights might you encounter at Peli Peli?
- All of the waiters are your exact double but with a goatee.
- A wandering magician stumbling into the restaurant and turning your plate into a kitten.
- A child wearing a sash that says Mayor orders a grilled bicycle and asks to pay with “the accumulated sadness of 10 nations.”
- Two tiny men dressed in one overcoat playing a game of Guess Who? against six peacocks in Western garb.
- An encyclopedia salesman vainly tries to sell you a copy of “Br–Bz,” indicating its helpful entry on Broadway theater.
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Chef and owner Paul Friedman channels his international roots into the fusion fare at Peli Peli, named for the South African spice that flavors its signature flame-pepper chicken dish. His menu mingles European-style focaccia and Chilean sea bass with South African classics such as homemade boerewors sausage, washing it all down with rivers of South African [wine]. (http://www.pelipeli.com/Menu.aspx?CatID=15). Chef Paul was recently honored with the Chef of Chefs award for his traditional South African bobotie dish at Houston's 2013 Wine & Food Week. He also mixes the selection of dipping sauces—such as mint mojito, roasted garlic, and spicy ginger—that tag along with each entree, enabling a different burst of flavor or color of cocktail-napkin art with each bite. The food's not the only thing that expresses Peli Peli's South African influences. The dining room's glowing, 30-foot-tall central pillar recalls the nation's towering acacia trees, anchoring an avant-garde architectural scheme that the Houston Chronicle calls "eye-popping." Voted Houston’s Best Live Music Venue as well as Best Romantic Bar by Citysearch users in 2009, the moodily lit space also hosts live music Monday–Saturday evenings and live jazz during Sunday brunch.