Peli Peli is in Galleria Mall near Sak’s Fifth Avenue. There are two entrances to the restaurant- one from within the Galleria, the other (bar entrance) from Westheimer.
Ambiance: Odd ambiance because the blend of imagery with what appeared to be Hebrew text was juxtaposed with an otherwise modern décor.
Hostess: We were seated prompted by a hostess. We asked for a happy hour drink, but the happy hour prices were only available at the bar. Our waiter made a production of getting managerial approval and provided our happy hour drinks at our table. The happy hour issue was a bit confusing, but the drinks made up for the confusion. We had the passion fruit mai tai and the South African Gentleman (a poor reinterpretation of an old fashioned). The mai tia was great, but the South African Gentleman missed the mark- the espresso vodka conflicted with the bourbon.
We went during Houston restaurant week and opted for the prix fixe menu for $45 which included appetizer, main dish, and dessert. This is a great deal. The stuffed mushrooms were delicious, but the temperature was tepid (not a good sign for seafood stuffed mushrooms). The bobotie was edible but we would never order it again. We both ordered beef espetada as our entrée. This is a signature dish of Peli Peli . The steak is served on a vertical hot skewer that has a tiny saucer of garlic butter that drips down onto the meat. The beef espetada was served with baby spinach, roasted red potatoes, and carrot bredie. The roasted red potatoes were yummy and flavorful with diced bell peppers. The baby spinach was ok, but the carrot breddie was barely edible. The saving grace of Peli Peli is the beef espetada; it was delicious.
The sticky toffee pudding was great and the sticky toffee cheesecake was good.
Overall cleanliness: above average
Bathroom cleanliness: above average
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