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Photography by Chan Do Local May_Final.qxp_002houston 4/23/15 12:19 PM Page 19 PELI-HUGUENOT FFILET PELI PELI CHEF: Paul Friedman | CUISINE: South African 5085 Westheimer Rd. | 281.257.9500 | www.pelipeli.com Mon – Thurs: 11am–11pm; Fri: 11am–midnight; Sat: 10am–midnight; Sun: 10am–10pm The Galleria outpost is the second Peli Peli for Chef Paul Friedman (the original remains open in Vintage Park). Friedman is passionate about his native land and cuisine that celebrates the many influences of South Africa including flavors inspired by Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Indian and Asian influences. The wine collection includes the largest selection of South African wine in the country along with plenty from other regions and even a private label variety thanks to chef’s passion for vino. The former GiGi’s space is a visual stunner, thanks to architect Si Dang of Andria Design who included ornamental metal trees and a vivid color-changing, LED-lit “sky” that evokes the South African landscape. The large lounge boasts three works by renowned performance painter David Garibaldi (created onsite) while a 40-ft. bar crafted of gorgeous honey onyx serves drinks beneath a wall of flat screen TVs. Seafood, chicken and steak dominate the menu with big flavors and interesting, unexpected sauces. Hit appetizers include a fresh take on samosas with their crispy pastry and savory fillings. Native dish bobotie is like a fun combo of shepherd’s pie meets pot pie but amped up with curried housemade sausage, a delicate pastry crust and mango chutney. Seafood lovers will rejoice in the “Cape Town Skillet” with its incredibly tender prawns, sautéed calamari, scallops and shrimp atop rice pilaf and broth – reminiscent of paella but with bright, new flavors. The sticky toffee pudding is a slam dunk finish. may 15 | L O C A L 19