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Modern and Upscale Thai Food at Malai Kitchen

06.03.2014 by: Elizabeth Boyle
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I've recently discovered that I have a love for Thai food. It is spicy, flavorful and is inherently healthier than most of my other indulgences. Malai Kitchen in Uptown is the go-to spot for delicious upscale Thai. They offer both indoor and patio seating and the modern decor is the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a few cocktails and a flavorful meal before a night on the town. 

Bamboo Bar

The Ginger Bird Margarita 

Mekong Mule

The drinks at Malai Kitchen are something to be noted. Some of the drinks on the menu are seemingly familiar, while others are completely unique concoctions that delight the taste buds in the most exotic way. Favorites include the Cambodian Daiquiri with Thai basil and lime juice, and the Cha-yen {a spin on the Long Island Iced Tea} with Thai iced tea and orange flower water. We kept it closer to home by ordering the Mekong Mule which added Thai basil, muddled cucumber and mint creating a completely refreshing mixture. The Ginger Bird Margarita was a wonderfully spicier version of the classic adding Thai chilies and muddled ginger. If you’re not into cocktails, they make their own in-house brews served to you in a large growler. 

Sticky Rice and Bean Paste

Spicy Edamame

We enjoyed our drinks outside on the enclosed patio, and to accompany them we ordered the Spicy Edamame. They were brought out immediately and boiled and spiced to perfection. Also, to our surprise, they brought out a sort of extension of the typical bread and butter. It was a modest portion of sticky rice wrapped tightly in a bamboo leaf with a side of bean and chili paste. It was a small, but delicious way to immerse us in the Thai culture. 

Iron Pot Green Curry Chicken 

Stir Fried Glass Noodles {Pad Woo Sen}

The entrée menu offers a wide variety of Thai dishes ranging from classics like Shrimp Pad Thai to specialties such as Massaman Braised Lamb Shank. But one item under the specialty section caught my eye. The Iron Pot Green Curry Chicken is served in a generously sized hot pot and is filled with juicy chicken, sweet apple eggplant, crisp carrots and jasmine rice. The little orange crunchies on top {fried sweet potato} added a delightful texture to the mix.

On the lighter side, we ordered the Stir Fried Glass Noodles with tender chicken breast, green onion, cilantro and cherry tomatoes all tossed in a sweet garlic sauce. The transparent glass noodles, so thin and delicate, were the perfect braid to tie all the ingredients together. Most of the items on the menu can be prepared vegetarian and all of the dishes can be prepared gluten-free. 

Brunch is another meal this restaurant is noted for, serving items such as Bahn Mi French Toast with flambéed bananas and coconut syrup, Chicken and Egg Congee, a rice porridge topped with slivered ginger and a poached egg and their $3 Vueve de Vernay Mimosas. We trust you won't have any difficulty finding something unique and absolutely delicious.

Nuzzled in the heart of West Village, you won't have to travel far to feel like you're vacationing in Southeast Asia when you frequent this modern Thai food eatery. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner at Malai Kitchen it is easy to find something on the menu everyone can enjoy. 

Malai Kitchen {Official Website}

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