At Malai in West Village, husband and wife Braden and Yasmin Wages serve an exciting, gourmet-fusion rendition of Thai and Vietnamese food. The menu extends from classics such as pad Thai to an appetizer of Vietnamese meatballs made with pork, green onion, and caramel. Daily specials might include wok-charred rice noodles, which features a contrast of a smoky flavor against a sweet and spicy chili-soy broth. Malai also began brewing its own in-house line of beers, with distinctive options such as a Vietnamese coffee stout. The couple opened a second branch in Southlake in 2015.