The beautiful Peli Peli restaurant in Vintage Park is home to some truly awe-inspiring, modern South African cuisine…not to mention one of the most colorful interiors you’ll ever see – an interior that tells a fascinating story.
Peli Peli recently announced plans to open a second location at The Galleria where Gigi’s Asian Bistro once was. That venue will open in November, and I’m looking forward to see what creative ideas they have in store for us all.
The Vintage Oaks location is quite spacious. Guests dining in are invited to indulge under the 30-foot tall, one-of-a-kind Acacia Tree and illuminated sky, creating an atmosphere perfect for romantic dinners and special occasions.
Master Chef and founder, Paul Friedman, has an incredible story of how Peli Peli came to fruition…
Peli Peli is the ONLY South African restaurant in Texas and it’s known for doing dishes that stray outside the norm. Chef Friedman shared two of his favorite low-key delicacies that rely solely on a simple sauté before they’re ready to be plated!
Chef’s Chicken Livers [above] are chopped and soaked in lemon juice, before being sautéed with peppers, tomato, onion and garlicf for about 10-15 minutes tops, or until they’re tender with no blood.
His Sautéed Calamari take only about 3 minutes in a pan with onions and peppers. Both dishes are garnished with fresh parsley.
Yet another dish Paul is famous for is his Espetada — a traditional Portuguese dish with marinated prime beef in garlic herbs and spices, cooked medium rare (to rare) and served on a skewer that is hung on a stand at your table. Now that’s what I call presentation!
Peli Peli also features live jazz, avant-garde architecture, a Sunday brunch, full bar & lounge, a cozy, private dining room and an outdoor patio facing the Piazza.