The following review was published in Maroon Weekly, College Station, Texas.
While Bryan-College Station boast a wide variety of restaurants for a community our size, something was sorely missing from our cuisine scene, Thai food. Lanna Thai recently opened it’s doors on Texas Avenue to fill that need.
Entering Lanna Thai, it feels nice and looks clean, but shoji screens remaining from the previous tenant make the place feel a little like a Japanese restaurant. However, the decor is still very tasteful with some Thai touches, and I didn’t come to look at the walls anyway. I came to satisfy a longing for Thai Food.
My Chicken Pad Thai ($10.95) which consists of long, thin, flat rice noodles sautéed with egg, scallions and ground peanuts. It came out steaming hot, except for the fresh bean sprouts on the side, which were appropriately chilly. I had to wait a minute or two before it was cool enough for my first bite. That first bite was blissful. It was had just the right amount of sweetness and spice that makes Thai one of my favorite cuisines.
Before the Pad Thai arrived, I ate one of each item on the Lanna’s Sampler ($10.95) appetizer platter. It’s a little pricey for an app, but it comes comes with egg rolls, Thai spring rolls, crab rangoon, fried shrimp, and steamed dumplings. You get two of everything and sweet and sour, soy ginger and Lanna’s special sauce for dipping. The appetizer was artfully arranged with the egg rolls and spring rolls cut in half for easy munching.
Though everything tasted good, the steamed dumplings in soy ginger sauce stood out as the one item from the sampler that I’ll probably order again as an appetizer. The crab rangoon were also excellent with just enough furry to make them interesting.
The only down side to Lanna Thai is it isn’t cheap, but it’s not as expensive as you may have heard. On the dinner menu, they do offer about ten entrees that are price over $17.95, but they also have an equal number of entree items under $13.95 and the appetizers are reasonable, most in the seven dollar range.
If you’ve been yearning for Thai Food since you moved to to Aggieland, you’ve got to get yourself over to Lanna Thai for your favorite dish. Please let us know what you think about their version of your favorite Thai dish by commenting on this review.