A romantic atmosphere can change how one feels about their meal companion, turning a dinner between friends into a romantic date and a romantic date into a marriage ceremony between a man and a plate of prawns. Find foodie love with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of South African and international cuisine at Peli Peli.
Peli Peli's menu fuses South African, European, and American flavors to present a tongue-tantalizing meals of game, seafood, and accompanying dipping sauces in an atmosphere that won the title of Houston’s Best Romantic Bar and Best Live Music Venue from Citysearch in 2009 and 2010's Best Romantic Restaurant by KPRC TV's CityVoter. Flexing his international culinary cred, chef Paul Friedman has developed a personal blend of exotic fruit-infused spices to create a collection of flavor-enhancing dipping sauces and marinades that can be ordered with any meal. The Peli-Peli bacon-wrapped chicken slides into stomachs with the help of coconut dipping sauce ($10), and red-wine-lacquered finger ribs coat arm endings in their decadent drippings ($9). The entree list incorporates proteins from land, sea, and underground sauce wells to tempt mouths with mushroom-sauced safari steak ($22), buttered-up Peli-Peli prawns ($28), and herb-crusted lamb chops served with a homemade mint jelly ($28). Top off the meal with a tropical treat, such as the sticky toffee pudding ($9), or jam with a signature drink, such as the South African mojito ($10).
Peli Peli also fills midday meal hankerings with lunch and Sunday brunch, and it fills empty ears with live jazz music Wednesday–Saturday evenings and starting at 10:30 a.m. during Sunday brunch. No matter the time of day, feasters can settle in under the spacious dining room's illuminated 30-foot representation of an acacia tree, a bright species smart and mobile enough to play tennis on the teen circuit.
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.
110 Vintage Park Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77070Get Directions