4871 Park St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
At Lanna Thai, the aesthetics of plate presentation are important: elegant painted platters, the juxtapositions of colors and shapes, intricately carved garnishes. Similarly, owner Willie Pudsone and staff attend to a meal's pacing with care and solicitude. No one is rushed, the table is lovely and even leftovers are whisked attentively into to-go boxes. Cold yum salads are dazzling and vivacious — lime juice, fish sauce, lemongrass and roasted chilies in a delicate balance that shows off mixed seafood or tender, gingery ground pork. The kitchen seems to hit its stride most elegantly with seafood dishes (frog's legs lovers will be breathless at the array of options), the sizzling mixed seafood grill a sumptuous pile of lobster, scallops, shrimp and squid in a sweet-salty brown sauce that brings out the briny freshness of the sea creatures.