Groundbreaking South African Restaurant Ends Its Run in Houston + Refreshments

A Houston restaurant known for South African cuisine is about to close for good soon. Peli Peli South African cuisine is replaced by Mozambique, a Portuguese-inspired restaurant with locations in South Africa and Zambia.

Mozambique takes over Peli Pelis locations in Galleria and The Woodlands; Peli Peli’s last Tuesday of Tuesday will be September 5th. Mozambique opens at The Woodlands on Sept. 10, and the Galleria location follows interior renovations to bring it in line with the Cape Dutch style of its corporate sibling.

“We would like to thank all of the guests who have supported Peli Peli over the years,” said Ryan Stewart, CEO of Mozambique, in a statement. “We know Houston has an appetite for great South African food, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Mozambique to the US.”

Stewart, who previously served as Peli Peli’s Executive Chef and Director of Operations, will lead Mozambique’s US operations. After operating locations from Mozambique in South Africa, Stewart moved to Houston in 2018 and began remodeling Peli Peli with changes designed to make it more attractive.

During his tenure, Stewart put some of Mozambique’s dishes on the menu, such as the signature Peri Peri Chicken. In addition, he initiated a shift from the restaurant’s roots in fine dining to a more affordable price.

Mozambique’s menu also includes dishes such as Sodwana Bay crab cakes, Malay curry, and bobotie, a South African variant of the shepherd cake. The drinks on offer include South African wines as well as cocktails, which are popular in South Africa.

“Mozambique is a popular vacation destination for South Africans,” Stewart said in a statement. “The food is influenced by Portuguese and, in combination with the local cuisine, has become part of the diverse cultural landscape of South Africa. Mozambique is more than a restaurant – it’s a travel destination and an immersive experience. We like to say it’s a ‘taste of escape’. “

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