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January 4, 2021
A scratch-kitchen Thai and Vietnamese restaurant in Uptown’s West Village isn’t exactly what you’d expect to find on a cheap eats list. But Malai Kitchen qualifies for a few reasons...
Where to Order Takeout From Dallas Restaurants Right Now
November 10, 2020
Coronavirus will limit our ability to eat out—but that doesn't mean you can't still get that same food to your home. Comfort food for these uncomfortable times. ... Malai Kitchen: The plates at this West Village nexus of great cocktails are moderately priced and artfully presented Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Signature dishes: fresh summer rolls, Kobe beef tartare, Vietnamese beef noodle soup, and classic pad Thai. Outstanding green curry chicken.
Best Of 2020 - Critic's Choice in "Thai" Category
Fort Worth Weekly
September 23, 2020
...the ingredients don’t get any fresher, livelier, and tastier than at Clearfork standout Malai Kitchen. The curry is just a little more balanced. The fish dishes, something we admittedly stay away from at most Thai restaurants, are unbelievably fresh-tasting and perfectly executed. Menu highlights include the whole fried Branzino (whose execution rivals that of the one we had in Asia), the iron pot green curry, and the deceptively simple lemongrass soup with shrimp. But pretty much everything, from the signature cocktails and the brunch to the appetizers and the banana pot-de-crème, slaps. Plus, there’s a killer happy hour all day on Sunday. Singapore slings for breakfast anyone?
Beer and Asian food can be the perfect pairing. Malai Kitchen’s Justin Meyers can help you navigate your way through fermented waters.
Can a brewer with a background in classic German lagers find happiness in making beer with Southeast Asian ingredients? We think it’s a safe bet to say yes. We recently spent an afternoon with Justin Meyers, the new head brewer at Malai Kitchen. We talked about... (The article starts on page 42 of the digital edition.)
10 Best Thai Restaurants to Order Takeout From in Dallas
August 26, 2020
A hybrid Thai and Vietnamese concept, Malai Kitchen is a popular restaurant for noodles, curries, craft cocktails, and house-brewed beers. Originally opened in Uptown in 2011, husband-and-wife owners Braden and Yasmin Wages expanded to Southlake and Fort Worth in 2016 and 2017. As for drinks, the Thai PA is a favorite twist on the classic IPA, brewed with lemongrass, ginger, galangal, kaffir lime, cilantro, and more spices. For dishes, you can’t go wrong with the Drunken Noodles, Lemongrass Chicken, or Shrimp Pad Thai. And for a lighter meal, check out the Shrimp and Avocado salad...
Good to Go: When Food Deliveries Fail, Malai Kitchen Leans on Noodles
May 7, 2020
Two weeks went by, and Braden and Yasmin Wages hadn’t received a delivery of fresh fish. Malai Kitchen’s menu is about 20% fresh seafood, and they couldn’t get a single shrimp sent to their 9-year-old restaurant. “It was a disappointment to our guests,” Braden Wages says through exhales... These days are going to be about the small stones of comfort we can pick up and hold in our hands. Malai Kitchen is focusing on good noodles, crunchy chips and as much fresh fish as they can find...
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April 13, 2020
Malai Kitchen has the biggest and best chicken wings I’ve ever had... But Malai is somehow more than just its wings. I’ve tried eight different entrees through over a dozen trips to the Thai/Vietnamese restaurant in West Village for brunch, lunch or dinner. They’ve all been good (though my favorite is probably their Hoi An Hash). They also brew their own beer and craft great cocktails. The vibe, location and food are worthy of a high-end restaurant, but there aren’t many items on the menu over $15. Malai is a great restaurant, among the many that deserve to survive this pandemic...
You’ve Sheltered in Place Like a Pro. You’ve Earned a Dessert Binge.
April 2, 2020
Well, here we all are, crushing this shelter-in-place thing, for better and worse...I was at Malai Kitchen for lunch once, sitting at the bar working through a bowl of tom kha gai, when a family of about five came in and took up the rest of the bar to my right. The only thing they ordered: one serving of every dessert on the menu. You can do the same right now! What an amazing time to be alive, right? But, I wouldn’t share my banana pot de creme with anyone, ever. Or the mango sticky rice. And definitely not their coconut creme pie...
Where to Find Superb Thai Food in Dallas
March 3, 2020
Braden and Yasmin Wages opened Southeast Asian cuisine restaurant, Malai Kitchen, in Uptown in 2011 (now with three Dallas area locations). The plates at this West Village nexus of great cocktails are moderately priced and artfully presented Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Not-to-be-missed dishes: fresh summer rolls, ahi tuna tartare, Vietnamese beef noodle soup, and classic pad Thai. The green curry chicken is outstanding. And the house-pressed sugar cane juice? A must-drink.