Malai Kitchen Next to Taverna Rossa in Park Village, another new restaurant is winning awards for its unusual beer program. Malai, with its stylish fusion of Vietnamese and Thai cuisines, is a little pocket of culinary sophistication unlike anything for miles around. That extends to the beer menu. The restaurant brews its own fascinating varieties, in tiny batches, in vessels you can see through a window near the bar. It recently hired a full-time brewmaster, Matt Reynolds, to manage the program. You’ll find five house beers on the menu, and the idea is to have things on hand that perfectly match the cuisine. Most popular is the “Thai PA,” a spin on an IPA (India pale ale) brewed with ginger, galangal, turmeric, cilantro, toasted coriander, kaffir lime and lemongrass. “It’s a street beer like you would find in Hanoi or northern Vietnam,” Reynolds says, and it just won a gold medal in a statewide competition. Try a flight of three house-brewed beers for $8. 1161 E Southlake Blvd., Suite 220; 817-251-9141 or malaikitchen.com
The pizza restaurant Taverna Rossa, above photos, has 30 craft beers on tap, almost all of them from Texas. Malai Kitchen brews its own beers, far left, and employs a full-time brewmaster, Matt Reynolds.
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