On the outside, Cake Thai Kitchen appears to be a little hole-in-the-wall spot in a Biscayne strip mall. But, on the inside, Chef/Owner Phuket Thongsodchareondee, known as “Cake”, immerses his patrons in a unique, funky Thai pop cultural experience with Thai movie ads, posters of Thailand’s royalty covering the walls, and Thai food that is without a doubt the main event.
Chef Phuket, a former Makoto cook, and his mother May Mazza opened Cake Thai back in 2014. Offering original Thai dishes like the Tom Kha Chicken soup with coconut milk, lemongrass, mushrooms, galangal and lime; crispy duck curry and noodle bowls; fresh green papaya salad; pork belly Pad Thai; and fried pork rice and chicken massaman curry.
It quickly became a locally famous spot offering the only Thai food with an original kick in Miami. It caught the attention of local investors Javier Ramirez and Leo Monterrey, who also backed Chef Brad Kilgore’s restaurant Alter. Rameriz and Monterrey partnered with Cake to open a second Cake Thai location that opened late 2016 in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami.
The Chef’s Roll team took a stroll to the original Cake Thai Kitchen location to meet up with Cake and have some of his unique and famous dishes.