307 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Why did we dine here? – Lers Ros is a popular Thai restaurant in San Francisco with a newly opened location in Hayes valley. We have never dined here previously, so it was a good excuse to check out the new location. Lers Ros means “excellent taste of the food” in Sanskrit. Tom Silargorn is the owner and chef. Michael Bauer has this restaurant in his top 100 Bay Area restaurants for 2012. This review is the culmination of two visits. The restaurant is extremely noisy during peek times and also cramped. Last visit was in 2017.
Insider Tip – There is usually a wait during peak periods.
Cuisine – Thai
Location – San Francisco, Hayes Valley
Opened – 2012
Service – Lers Ros is a small restaurant with a good number of servers. We encountered decent service on our visit. Pretty surprising, but clearly they want to provide service on par with decor.
Verdict – Lers Ros is a fine Thai restaurant with a wide variety of items and deserves to be visited when you are looking for Thai food. Some purist will say that the food here is a bit sweeter than it should be to suit American tastes. The new location looks beautiful although they had the tables for two spaced way too close. This restaurant does a brisk business in take out Free Delivery with $15 orders.
Other Thai restaurant we like in the City include:
730 Larkin Street (near O’Farrell)
San Francisco, CA
Lers Ros Signature Dishes – Tom Kha Gai, Pad Kra Pro Moo Krob, Coconut Milk Curry, Sea bass.
Lers Ros’s Menu contains a wide variety of dishes including many dishes for vegetarians. Next time we’ll have to try their original Thai style dishes.
Lers Ros Food Picks:
Prawns Asparagus – Stir-fried Prawns with Fresh Asparagus, Basil Leaves in Chili & Garlic Sauce ($10.95) was a more pristine dish with some clean prawns along with some very soft asparagus.
Beef Pad Prik Thai ($13.95) – Was on their specials menu and recommended by the waitress. The meat featured a nice texture with the robust gravy and the crispy rice. They were a little lazy slicing off the fat and chopping it uniformly, but we would still recommend this dish, especially if you can’t take heat.
Larb Phed Yang ($12.95) – A chunk of roasted duck mixed with rice powder, chili powder, and lime based salad dressing. This salad brought back memories of Little Thai on Polk Street. A very nicely done salad with onion, cilantro, and fresh crispy lettuce to hold the tangy duck.
Tom Kha Gai ($12.95) Coconut milk based soup with Chicken, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves came to the table in a fire ladden pot. Nice rich coconut flavor along with a bit of sourness. This easily serves four people. In 2017, we got this soup and it was WAY TOO SPICY!
Pal Kra Pong Nuang Manow ($25.95) Steamed fresh Sea Bass with chopped chili and fresh lime juice is a signature dish. It comes in a lovely fire lit pot. Boney, fresh, and not for lazy fish eaters.
Kang Keaw Wan ($12.95) Red curry with roasted duck, Thai Eggplant, Bamboo shoot, bell peppers, chunk pineapples possessed a slight spicy note. It could have included a bit more duck, but still managed to be a recommended dish.
Pad Kra Pro Moo Krob ($10.95) Stir-fried pork belly with crispy rind and Basil leaves contained a ton of fatty pork belly with a slightly crisp skin. A must for pork fans.
Kuay Tiew Tom Yum Moo ($8.25) Tom Yum soup with pork and rice noodle provided us with a respite from all the intense flavors.
Kang Karee ($13.95) Chicken yellow curry with potatoes, yellow onion, carrot, and sliced meat was their least spicy curry. Wow! This dish was pretty spicy but full of rich curry flavors. In 2017, they had toned down the heat.
Pad Broccoli ($9.95) Stir fried broccoli in bean sauce was pretty pristine, and fresh.
Sweet sticky Rice with Mango ($6.50) was a very nicely done dessert. Fresh mango along with some fairly sweet rice. Beware: They do not have this year round.
Fried banana with Ice Cream ($5.50) features a huge scoop of Mitchel’s Ice Cream along with three large freshly fried plantains. We ordered this because we saw many other tables enjoying this treat.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)