Last year, we learned that Malai Kitchen, Yasmin and Braden Wages’ uber-fresh Thai concept in Uptown, would be making its way to the ‘burbs. After five years in Uptown, the Wages were ready to spread their wings to Southlake’s super-ritzy Park Village development. Now, Malai Kitchen Southlake officially has an opening date.
"We’re excited to bring our modern take on Thai and Vietnamese cuisine and refined service to Southlake’s burgeoning food scene," says Chef Braden Wages via press release. "We are looking forward to becoming a neighborhood staple for the community." Like at Malai’s Uptown location, Southlake’s outpost will to continue to make its curry paste and coconut milk in-house, and the duo has acquired a sugarcane juicer to add freshly-pressed sugarcane juice, a sweet and refreshing sip commonly served in Southeast Asia.
The newest outpost will also expand Malai Kitchen’s in-house brewing program into a larger brew room. In Southlake, you’ll be able to choose from five house-brewed Asian-style beers on draught alongside a menu of seasonal cocktails and an "approachable" wine list. The space will feature an open kitchen with a 60-seat dining room in addition to a small patio.
The cuisine will be largely in keeping with the original Malai Kitchen, but Chef Braden Wages has (of course) planned some special plates for Southlake. Expect Vietnamese-style filet mignon, Panang curry duck, and chili-chocolate roti. No worries, though – the Thai eggs Benedict from Malai’s brunch menu and delectable mango sticky rice dessert will definitely be sticking around.
Malai Kitchen Southlake officially opens its doors on Sunday, January 31.