Thai Nana Restaurant

★★★★★

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Located on Alt 19 in historic Palm Harbor, Thai Nana's is an excellent choice if you're in the mood for Thai food prepared with style! Don't let initial impressions fool you--despite the strip mall exterior, and the fairly low key interior (in dark blue wallpaper with dark stained wood), the food here is presented with flair.

We were seated immediately and presented with menus. The ainside front page listed the Chef's Specialties, including the house versions of such classic dishes as Pad Thai. Appetizers, Soups, Noodle Dishes cover the next two pages. The core of the menu are the Saute Dishes. Your choice of Beef, Pork, Chicken, Shrimp or Seafood sauted with different combinations of vegetables, herbs, and spices.

Appetizers range from $5 to $8. We ordered the Thai Dumplings; 5 nice sized dumplings filled with a seasoned ground pork and chicken mixture were presented on a bed of endive and shredded cabbage, dusted with chopped peanut and accompanied by home made gyoza dipping sauce. Yum!! It was hard to share the last one, but we did. Basil Mussels were baked in their shells and presented on a bed of vegetables (broccoli florets, thin sliced carrots cabbage and of course, fresh basil. The sauce topping them was made with chopped fresh tomato, Thai chili paste, and rice wine vinegar, The spicy heat of the sauce complemented the mussells beautifully, while the temperature of the sauce cooked the vegetables to perfection.

I selected the Pepper Steak Saute ($9), a generous portion of thin sliced beef in a medley of fresh vegetables, served with a mound of steamed rice. I enjoyed the dish, but maybe a bit less of the tomato-chili paste sauce would have allowed the flavors of the fresh vegetables to shine more clearly. Roy ordered the Squid Curry Panang ($12), featuring flavorful chunks of squid in a coconut milk based sauce with carrots bamboo shoots and zucchini.

All in all, I was impressed with the flavors and attention to detail and presentation of the food. Each entree was garnished beautifully with an (edible) orchid blossom, the visual impression was balanced and colorful. Service was fairly casual, but our server was very friendly and never left us unattended for long. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxed.
Another location just a bit further south features sunken table rooms and a more elegant atmosphere (so I am told), but the same menu for dinner.

Hours of Operation: Lunch M-F, 11-4. Dinner 5-10 M-S, 4-9 Sundays.

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★★★★★

Located on Alt 19 in historic Palm Harbor, Thai Nana's is an excellent choice if you're in the mood for Thai food prepared with style! Don't let initial impressions fool you--despite the strip mall exterior, and the fairly low key interior (in dark blue wallpaper with dark stained wood), the food here is presented with flair.

We were seated immediately and presented with menus. The ainside front page listed the Chef's Specialties, including the house versions of such classic dishes as Pad Thai. Appetizers, Soups, Noodle Dishes cover the next two pages. The core of the menu are the Saute Dishes. Your choice of Beef, Pork, Chicken, Shrimp or Seafood sauted with different combinations of vegetables, herbs, and spices.

Appetizers range from $5 to $8. We ordered the Thai Dumplings; 5 nice sized dumplings filled with a seasoned ground pork and chicken mixture were presented on a bed of endive and shredded cabbage, dusted with chopped peanut and accompanied by home made gyoza dipping sauce. Yum!! It was hard to share the last one, but we did. Basil Mussels were baked in their shells and presented on a bed of vegetables (broccoli florets, thin sliced carrots cabbage and of course, fresh basil. The sauce topping them was made with chopped fresh tomato, Thai chili paste, and rice wine vinegar, The spicy heat of the sauce complemented the mussells beautifully, while the temperature of the sauce cooked the vegetables to perfection.

I selected the Pepper Steak Saute ($9), a generous portion of thin sliced beef in a medley of fresh vegetables, served with a mound of steamed rice. I enjoyed the dish, but maybe a bit less of the tomato-chili paste sauce would have allowed the flavors of the fresh vegetables to shine more clearly. Roy ordered the Squid Curry Panang ($12), featuring flavorful chunks of squid in a coconut milk based sauce with carrots bamboo shoots and zucchini.

All in all, I was impressed with the flavors and attention to detail and presentation of the food. Each entree was garnished beautifully with an (edible) orchid blossom, the visual impression was balanced and colorful. Service was fairly casual, but our server was very friendly and never left us unattended for long. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxed.
Another location just a bit further south features sunken table rooms and a more elegant atmosphere (so I am told), but the same menu for dinner.

Hours of Operation: Lunch M-F, 11-4. Dinner 5-10 M-S, 4-9 Sundays.

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My husband and I and our 3 children discovered Thai Nana by accident and saw there was duck on the menu. We all tried a different duck... spicy crispy... ginger... and 3 kinds of curry duck. Now we are addicted. Once I tried the garlic and basil scallops that were on the special and they were so good they made me cry. We love the atmosphere there and take all our out of town friends & they always go back for more. We're going there tonight! Yay!!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I and our 3 children discovered Thai Nana by accident and saw there was duck on the menu. We all tried a different duck... spicy crispy... ginger... and 3 kinds of curry duck. Now we are addicted. Once I tried the garlic and basil scallops that were on the special and they were so good they made me cry. We love the atmosphere there and take all our out of town friends & they always go back for more. We're going there tonight! Yay!!!

Pros: Authentic Thai Cuisine

Cons: strip mall

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Not all thai food tastes like Thai Nana food. In my opinion it is the best thai food I have ever tasted. I would highly recommend the chicken panang and the pad thai. Both dishes are out of this world!

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★★★★☆

Not all thai food tastes like Thai Nana food. In my opinion it is the best thai food I have ever tasted. I would highly recommend the chicken panang and the pad thai. Both dishes are out of this world!

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Been here twice now and the food was excellent. Great for couple to enjoy a nice dinner or for a larger group at the low tables. Service was okay, but as expected around here -- very friendly, however.

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Been here twice now and the food was excellent. Great for couple to enjoy a nice dinner or for a larger group at the low tables. Service was okay, but as expected around here -- very friendly, however.

Pros: Great food, Inexpensive, Atmosphere

Cons: Slow service, Strip mall!

 

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