Cake Thai Kitchen Opens Today in Wynwood

Cake Thai Kitchen, helmed by chef Phuket Thongsodchaveondee (who goes by the name Cake), has finally opened its second location in Wynwood at 180 NW 29th St.

Partner Javier Ramirez had hoped to begin operation ahead of Miami's largest happening, Art Basel, but he says the date was out of their hands: "We would have hoped [the opening] to have been earlier, but we have everything in order [now]."

Ramirez says the eatery was finished and ready to go, waiting for the final OK from the city. That OK, in the form of a certificate of occupancy, came last week. The restaurant will serve basically the same menu as the original location on NE 79th Street and Biscayne Boulevard... with a few key additions.

The larger Wynwood space will allow the former Makoto cook to spread his culinary wings. "Obviously, Cake is a very talented and unique chef," says Ramirez. "He has the ability to execute what he already knows, but he's quite creative and wants to explore the possibility of doing things in the culinary world that can be unique and distinct, staying within the boundaries of his culture."

Ramirez says the flavors will remain the same, but some changes will occur in presentation. The papaya salad, for instance, will turn into a "feast." The new interpretation will be a larger, shareable portion.

Cake Thai Kitchen will also offer a curated beer and wine selection starting Tuesday — something the flagship location doesn't have. The Wynwood location is also larger, seating 30 diners.

After two months or so, the original Cake will close for a few weeks and get a makeover so that it is more in line with the newer location. "Cake Wynwood is the new Cake Thai brand," Ramirez says. When it reopens, the Biscayne Boulevard Cake will mostly be a takeout and delivery hub for locals. "We want people to get used to dining at the Wynwood location, but we want people that live in the area of the original and love it to continue doing so."

Cake Thai Kitchen Wynwood. Noon to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 180 NW 29th St., Miami.

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