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A Brief History

La Thai is a modern Thai restaurant in uptown New Orleans from Owner and Executive Chef Diana Chauvin Gallé. Chef Diana is a proud part of the first family of New Orleans Thai. Her mother, Punnee, affectionately known to all as “Mama,” moved to New Orleans from Bangkok to introduce authentic Thai food to the city in the 1970s and the family has been serving locals and visitors alike ever since. 

Chef Diana grew up in the kitchen alongside Mama but also gleaned inspiration from all of the culture the city of New Orleans has to offer. She developed her own innovative culinary style, updating traditional family recipes with the bounty of the Crescent City's produce, ingredients & seafood from local waters. La Thai, which opened in 2008, represents that marriage of authentic Thai with Cajun flavors and inspiration.


Diana Chauvin Gallé

Executive Chef and Owner of La Thai, New Orleans

Chef Diana Chauvin Gallé has devoted her career to building a bridge between the culinary traditions of Thailand and her native New Orleans, bringing familiarity, excitement, and carefully balanced flavors to her acclaimed, neighborhood restaurant, La Thai, in uptown New Orleans. She has garnered critical acclaim for highlighting the natural parallels between the cuisines of Southeast Asia and Southeast Louisiana, marrying the flavorful spices of Thailand and the extraordinary bounty of Louisiana seafood.

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  • 1st Place, Best Thai Restaurant, Gambit's Best of New Orleans, 2008-2017

  • 1st Place, Best Thai Restaurant, Where Y'at Magazine, 2008-2017

  • 1st Runner Up, King of Louisiana Seafood, 2010-2011
    2010 Pictures | 2011 Pictures | 2011 Video

  • Bayou Bouillabaisee Champion, The Canadian Louisiana Seafood Chef's Challenge, New Orleans | August 3, 2009