South African inspired cuisine focused on creating a fast, healthy meal

Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille

Lehi, UT – African, American – $ to $$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Nicole O. - Pro SifterApr 29, 2018

Overall 4.5

4.7

Food

4.0

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.8

Value

Overview

Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille is a social cause restaurant that touts a blend of African spice and New Orlean’s cuisine. Founded by three individuals who spent considerable time in South Africa, they wanted to bring the flavors back to Utah and give back to the Africa that they love. The Piri Piri pepper from Zulu’s name, also known as the Red Devil, is native to African countries like South Africa and Zambia is frequently used in native marinades. Zulu combines this into several savory chicken dishes and sauces that are modish yet unique. This African version of Viva Chicken lets you determine the spiciness.

Value

Their prices are very reasonable and the food is of the highest quality. Their portions are also quite large and could be shared, depending on your appetite.

3 most popular dishes

Chicken on the bone, chicken bowl, and the chicken sandwich.

What I ordered

The three most popular dishes that included tri-colored potato fries, African yellow rice, street corn, and East African cucumber salad.

Food quality

Chicken on the Bone
If you want the best experience, be sure to get the half chicken. I was amazed by the moistness of this dish. When I went to go pull off the chicken leg, to my surprise, the meat slid right off with no effort. The dry rub itself on the rotisserie styled chicken is somewhat bland. Do yourself a favor and dip it in either the lemon garlic or mild Piri Piri sauce. Just a warning, watch the heat. In my opinion, the gusto lessens as the hotness increases as you lose the taste of the seasoning. This is coming from someone who occasionally enjoys hot food.

The Fried Chicken Sandwich
I have to say, after Pretty Bird, this is probably my second favorite fried chicken sandwich in Utah so far. The meat is lightly breaded and incredibly moist. The ciabatta bun was also soft and light. The arugula, avocado, muenster cheese, and caramelized onions aren’t overpowering and help to keep the main focus on the chicken. However, I must say, don’t forget to add Zulu’s mild or medium sauces to this sandwich. The aioli that comes standard is just okay. Their Piri Piri sauce should be added, as it makes the sandwich an original.

The Chicken Bowl
It comes with grilled Piri Piri chicken, grilled corn, arugula, avocado, cucumber, and their house aioli, all served over African yellow rice. I wasn’t as impressed with the grilled chicken. It was very dry and a bit rubbery. Concerning their vegetables, everything was top notch. The arugula was dressed in a citrus sauce and was amazing! I preferred the lemon garlic sauce over the aioli as the aioli was essentially fry sauce (ketchup and mayonnaise) and was too heavy for the elements of the bowl.

The Sides
The African rice is similar to Indian saffron rice pilaf. I liked the mix of spices and raisins. The street corn tasted like standard corn of the cob with a slight char and the potatoes were lightly oiled and crisp. All in all, great sides. The mango and cucumber salad was crisp and refreshing. A good blend of sweet and acidic.

Ambiance

Zulu replaces what used to be Dickey’s barbecue in Lehi. Some of the old architecture is still pronounced, but they’ve really freshened up the place and let in a lot more natural light. The new design and colorful African decor make for a nice casual dining experience. It was also fun to just read the story behind the restaurant. Their meal for meal program sounds nice and I hope it really does make a difference.

What I liked most

The moistness of the on-bone chicken and their sauces. I also liked that they serve their food in actual dishes instead of plastic, preventing waste.

What I disliked most

There wasn’t much to dislike. The only qualm, they were a lot of dirty tables and they were slow to clean them for new customers. They did, however, serve the food in a prompt, timely manner.

The verdict

This is hands down one of my favorite new casual eateries. I can see myself going here for a quick work meal or on an average weeknight with my family. We live near the point of the mountain so it’s nice to have another healthy alternative close by.

Overall 4.5

4.7

Food

4.0

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.8

Value

Overview

Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille is a social cause restaurant that touts a blend of African spice and New Orlean’s cuisine. Founded by three individuals who spent considerable time in South Africa, they wanted to bring the flavors back to Utah and give back to the Africa that they love. The Piri Piri pepper from Zulu’s name, also known as the Red Devil, is native to African countries like South Africa and Zambia is frequently used in native marinades. Zulu combines this into several savory chicken dishes and sauces that are modish yet unique. This African version of Viva Chicken lets you determine the spiciness.

Value

Their prices are very reasonable and the food is of the highest quality. Their portions are also quite large and could be shared, depending on your appetite.

3 most popular dishes

Chicken on the bone, chicken bowl, and the chicken sandwich.

What I ordered

The three most popular dishes that included tri-colored potato fries, African yellow rice, street corn, and East African cucumber salad.

Food quality

Chicken on the Bone
If you want the best experience, be sure to get the half chicken. I was amazed by the moistness of this dish. When I went to go pull off the chicken leg, to my surprise, the meat slid right off with no effort. The dry rub itself on the rotisserie styled chicken is somewhat bland. Do yourself a favor and dip it in either the lemon garlic or mild Piri Piri sauce. Just a warning, watch the heat. In my opinion, the gusto lessens as the hotness increases as you lose the taste of the seasoning. This is coming from someone who occasionally enjoys hot food.

The Fried Chicken Sandwich
I have to say, after Pretty Bird, this is probably my second favorite fried chicken sandwich in Utah so far. The meat is lightly breaded and incredibly moist. The ciabatta bun was also soft and light. The arugula, avocado, muenster cheese, and caramelized onions aren’t overpowering and help to keep the main focus on the chicken. However, I must say, don’t forget to add Zulu’s mild or medium sauces to this sandwich. The aioli that comes standard is just okay. Their Piri Piri sauce should be added, as it makes the sandwich an original.

The Chicken Bowl
It comes with grilled Piri Piri chicken, grilled corn, arugula, avocado, cucumber, and their house aioli, all served over African yellow rice. I wasn’t as impressed with the grilled chicken. It was very dry and a bit rubbery. Concerning their vegetables, everything was top notch. The arugula was dressed in a citrus sauce and was amazing! I preferred the lemon garlic sauce over the aioli as the aioli was essentially fry sauce (ketchup and mayonnaise) and was too heavy for the elements of the bowl.

The Sides
The African rice is similar to Indian saffron rice pilaf. I liked the mix of spices and raisins. The street corn tasted like standard corn of the cob with a slight char and the potatoes were lightly oiled and crisp. All in all, great sides. The mango and cucumber salad was crisp and refreshing. A good blend of sweet and acidic.

Ambiance

Zulu replaces what used to be Dickey’s barbecue in Lehi. Some of the old architecture is still pronounced, but they’ve really freshened up the place and let in a lot more natural light. The new design and colorful African decor make for a nice casual dining experience. It was also fun to just read the story behind the restaurant. Their meal for meal program sounds nice and I hope it really does make a difference.

What I liked most

The moistness of the on-bone chicken and their sauces. I also liked that they serve their food in actual dishes instead of plastic, preventing waste.

What I disliked most

There wasn’t much to dislike. The only qualm, they were a lot of dirty tables and they were slow to clean them for new customers. They did, however, serve the food in a prompt, timely manner.

The verdict

This is hands down one of my favorite new casual eateries. I can see myself going here for a quick work meal or on an average weeknight with my family. We live near the point of the mountain so it’s nice to have another healthy alternative close by.

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