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“South African Restaurant in the Galleria with good food but hit and miss”
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Ranked #8 of 8,312 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$65
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Peli Peli is South African flavors, Southern Hospitality. Featuring steak, chicken and seafood by South African Chef Paul Friedman, Peli Peli is currently one of the top rated restaurants in Houston and has become the perfect setting for special occasion dining.
Reviewed 19 August 2017

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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Thank utfiero
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Decided to try as a night out for a birthday celebration. Definitely disappointed from expectations set by reviews. We had the bacon wrapped scallops which unfortunately tasted over cooked and when we tried to order the Espetada (recommend by waiter) and were then informed that they had run out. The biltong was also disappointing as it came out with a sweet topping as opposed to the traditional spicy topping. Not to mention even as we stated we were there for a birthday celebration no dessert was brought to celebrate the occasion. Overall entrees where pretty yummy and the service was excellent.

Thank Jacquelyn L
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

So I've eaten at Peli Peli before and the reason why I come back is because of the food. Whenever I write a review try to make it a point not to embellish or make something out to be more than it is.

Having said that, I've yet to try anything at this restaurant that is mediocre. Everything I've eaten has always been amazing.

In addition, and maybe most importantly, is the service. Our server, Peter, was not only knowledgeable about the history of the restaurant and the food but he shared with us his recommendations on items to try. Furthermore, at the time we were there, it was rather noisy. This is because of the sheer volume of patrons that were there to eat. Still through out all of the noise of the restaurant, Peter's was always calm and never seemed rush. He was attentive to our needs and willing to answer any questions that we had. Even his use of adjectives to describe foods surprised me because he just didn't say what every other server will say (I hope I'm making sense here). I've had many a great experience at other restaurants, but this was rare in that from the beginning to end, the dining experience was just extraordinary.

Peli Peli has set a high bar for other restaurants both food and service. Kudos to the culture created at this restaurant.

Finally...ORDER THE BRUSSEL SPROUTS! Wow!!!!! :)

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Thank Alvar B
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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Everything was delicious, we started with the sampler platter. Could have eaten an entire entree of the chicken and apricot dish. The Capetown skillet was good, came with gloves for peeling the prawns. Sticky toffee pudding was excellent!

Thank Gizmo8800
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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

The food was so good. The waiter Zach was attentive to our needs. The appetizers were phenomenal and she was pleased al. The drinks were good and plentiful. The entrees were so tasty. I really loved the Baboti. The wings were to die for.

Thank JohnnyCroomes
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