Donít let Kinnara Thaiís location deter you (itís in a large strip mall). The place will surprise you. While small, it is very elegant and has the feel and vibe of a hotspot.
This is one of the best modern style Thai (meaning Thai with some Asian fusion dishes) restaurants in the Los Angeles area. The chef sticks to many basics, but also adds a number of creative items. Everything is tastefully presented down to the glassware and plateware.
Dishes of particular note include an amazing pumpkin shrimp red curry, grilled New Zealand lamb chops with panang curry sauce, garlic green beans definitely for garlic lovers, yum woon sen and the California vegan red coconut curry. Have them add tofu. I look forward to trying more of the many interesting dishes offered by the chef.
Kinnara Thai does not have alcohol. But bring a nice bottle of a GewŁztraminer, Reisling or Syrah to go with the spicy foods. Kinnara does not charge any corkage fee.