Malai Kitchen offers a modern approach to Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Chef Braden Wages sources the freshest ingredients available to make as much as possible from scratch, including house-made curry paste, coconut milk, and sriracha sauce. Though the cuisine is inherently healthy, Braden takes it a step further by using only lean proteins—white chicken meat, beef tenderloin, and seafood. Since each dish on the menu is made-to-order, all can be modified to accommodate dietary preferences and intolerances. Half of the menu can made vegetarian and vegan friendly, while nearly all of the dishes can be prepared gluten-free.
Malai’s beverage program focuses on specialty cocktails that integrate the ingredients and flavors of Southeast Asia. Each unique cocktail is designed to complement the robust flavors of our cuisine. Our cocktails are crafted with care using fresh ingredients and premium spirits, including a house-infused green tea vodka and Kaffir lime gin.
The wine list was thoughtfully curated by Braden and Yasmin based on their experience living and working in Napa, as well as Braden’s travels through France and Italy. Consisting of a unique selection of exotic labels, each wine pairs well with flavors and textures of the cuisines, but can also stand up on their own. Offering more than 20 wines by the glass, they aim to keep the selection approachable and value oriented.
Beverages of the non-alcoholic variety include our fresh-pressed sugar cane juice with ginger and lime, Cold-pressed Vietnamese Coffee (Iced Coconut and regular), as well as a wide selection of teas blended by local purveyor La Crème.
Malai Kitchen brews a small portfolio of beers designed to pair with Southeast Asian flavors. After discovering Bia Hoi (a light Vietnamese rice lager) on a trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, Braden and Yasmin were compelled to share the refreshing brew with their guests. When they couldn’t find a domestic brewery to brew it for them, they decided to give it a try themselves and acquired a brewpub license. Malai currently produces six Asian-style beers .