Portuguese-inspired South African restaurant Mozambik will make its debut in the United States with two locations in the Houston area.
Known for its authentic South African cuisine, Mozambik has become one of the continent's fastest-growing dining brands. In fact, the coastal kitchen is a popular vacation destination for South Africans, according to restauranteur Ryan Stewart.
As a family-oriented brand, signature dishes include their peri peri chicken and comfort food staples such as Sodwana Bay crab cakes, Malay curry, and bobotie. Other small plates on the menu include the Shrimp Mozambique, Calamari Choruico Olives, and the Lobster Mac & Cheese.
"The food is influenced by the Portuguese, and that combined with the local cuisine has become part of South Africa’s diverse cultural landscape. Mozambik is more than a restaurant -- it’s a destination and an immersive experience. We like to say it’s a ‘taste of escape’," Stewart says.
New menu items will roll out every six months, as well as menu specials periodically.
Drink offerings will include a wide selection of South African wines such as the country’s signature variety Pinotage and handcrafted cocktails like the R&R, a traditional rum drink known by South Africans as "Tipo Tinto," and the Fikile, named after the longtime manager of Mozambik’s first location, which opened in 2005.
The stateside outposts will be located in the Galleria and The Woodlands taking place of the South African Kitchen Peli Peli, helmed by restaurateur Ryan Stewart and executive chef Macey Maples. According to a release, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stewart introduced Mozambik’s signature recipes to the Peli Peli menu as the restaurant pivoted from fine dining to a more affordable price point.
Peli Peli will have its final day of service on September 5 after twelve years in Houston. The former Woodlands location has undergone renovations, with a brand new design and vibrant color schemes. The forthcoming Galleria location will receive similar improvements.
"We want to thank all of the guests who have supported Peli Peli through the years," Stewart said. "We know there’s an appetite for great South African food in Houston, and we are very excited for the opportunity to bring Mozambik to the US."
Mozambik's Woodland's location will open first, on September 10 at Lake Woodlands Dr. Suite 304 at The Woodlands Mall. A second location will follow soon at 5085 Westheimer Rd. in the Houston Galleria.