Thai Food That Is Both Delicious and Affordable
A Thai food restaurant with delicious food and affordable prices.
September 1, 2011
In the restaurant world, there is nothing more beautiful to me than the marriage of great food with very reasonable prices. I found this perfect combination on a recent visit to Lanna Thai and I must tell you that it is difficult to write this article as I crave the food I ate there.
Whether you visit for lunch or dinner, you are greeted right from the start with their soup of the day. On the day that I visited, it was a wonderful concoction that I could tell had some coconut milk, some sort of heat, and tiny chunks of tofu. It was such a great mix of sweet and spicy that I could have eaten this by the bucket full.
For lunch, I had the Kang Keaw Wan. This dish is made with green curry paste, coconut milk, mushroom, broccolli, baby corn cobs, green and red bell pepper, green beans, and Thai basil. It came will a big mound of rice for $7.95. I had mine with chicken, but you can opt for beef, pork, or tofu. Shrimp will cost you $1 more. My companion had the Thai Mango Salad. This large salad was filled with chicken, onion, cucumbers, Thai basil, and lemongrass. It was garnished with both mango and avocado and costs $7.95. Lanna Thai is a fusion of many things. You can find sautees, curries, grilled items, salads, as well as noodles and fried rice dishes. All of their lunch items range from $6.95 – $7.95. I am looking forward to going back for the Satay-marinated beef or chicken on a skewer with peanut sauce and served with cucumber salad and steamed rice or noodles for $6.95, or perhaps their Pad Thai for $7.95.
For dinner, there are a lot of great starters. Potstickers for $5.95, lettuce wraps for $7.95, or crab rangoon (crispy wontons that are stuffed with cream cheese and crab) for $5.95. Such delicious options! You can find four different salad choices in the $6.95 – $8.95 range. There are also three soup choices with varying prices depending on the type of soup and size you order.
There is a large selection of dinner entrees in the $7.95 – $8.95 range which I found amazing. If you want to spend a little more you can also find some seafood dishes such as a deep fried and crispy Catfish fillet for $12.95 or you might want to try one of their BBQ selections for $10.95 – $11.95.
Lanna Thai has a kids’ menu, as well. For children 12 and under you can order Pad Thai for $4.95 or either Chicken Satay or chicken wings plus rice and spring rolls for $5.95.
Desserts include items like homemade coconut ice cream or fried banana with the coconut ice cream. I personally like to order a Thai Iced Tea and call it a day. My companion thought that this type of tea had a smokey flavor and wasn’t a fan. However, I find the mixture of the strong Thai tea and cream/condensed milk a decadent treat.
I cannot wait to go back to Lanna Thai! There are so many items on the menu that I would like to experience.
Take-out and party trays are available and information about them both can be found on the restaurant’s website.
Lanna Thai is located at 2270 Las Positas Road, Livermore 924-443-1101 Mon.-Sat. 11a.m.-9:30p.m. Sun. 12p.m.-9:30p.m.
A New Taste of the Old at Lanna Thai
Lanna Thai creates a menu based on the owner’s southern Thailand heritage.
October 20, 2010
Any meal prepared by Prakin Gamble does more than satisfy customers who visit her Lanna Thai restaurant. It offers a taste of her culture and history. Gamble, who was raised in the small southern Thailand city of Trang, began cooking at an early age to support her family. “I began cooking when I was 7 or 8,” Gamble said. “My family was very poor, and when I got home from school I helped my family by cooking our meals.”
That southern Thailand-style food Gamble was raised on will be the focus of the family-owned restaurant’s new menu, to be unveiled Friday. The dishes will feature more vegetables, as well as spices highlighted in her hometown’s cooking, such as turmeric.
While this is the first major revision to her menu, Gamble feels the change is necessary, not only to exhibit her culinary experiences but to make her customers happy. “Livermore likes Thai food that is authentic, healthy and distinct,” said Gamble, who has lived here nine years. She opened the restaurant in October 2009 with her niece Thatsanee Hamamto. Gamble’s 16-year-old daughter, Kimberly, also works at the restaurant.
The new menu will feature salads tossed at the table by the server. It’s entertaining and allows the server to tailor the spice level to each customer’s taste, Gamble said. The Southern Thai Salad, or Khu Yum in Thai, is Gamble’s favorite new dish. It is a selection of fruits, nuts and vegetables, with a light lemongrass dressing. I enjoyed the Lanna Noodle Salad; crispy noodles, nuts, onion, cashews and cilantro served on a bed of lettuce with a tamarind dressing. The highlight of this dish is the four kinds of crispy noodles that have a lightness you might expect from a picnic dish. The curries are rich, sweet and complex. They are accompanied well by Lanna Thai’s light salads. “My philosophy is customers first. If people are happy when they leave, they will come back,” Gamble said. “This restaurant is my passion.”