i was just assuming kin khao is a fancy place--i've not seen pics of the space, just some of the food (mostly on your instagram, i think). but no, there are no thai places in los angeles that are composing dishes in the manner they seem to be. i'm not sure why that's so important. hor mok as a terrine in a mason jar looks nice i'm sure but doesn't necessarily taste better than hor mok steamed in a leaf.
actually, having just skimmed a couple dozen pictures of the food on yelp, the food doesn't seem so very different presentation-wise from regular thai restaurants. not true? and there doesn't seem to be anything remarkably different about the menu either other than rabbit in the green curry and wild boar in the larb. beyond the occasional ingredient i'm not seeing anything on the menu that anyone who eats in thai town would be surprised to see. and compared to something like jitlada's southern menu this looks pretty conventional. i'm sure they execute at a very high level. not sure when i'll next be in s-f but i hope to eat there for sure.
but is there more to thai food in san francisco beyond kin khao? in portland beyond pok pok? in dc beyond little serow?