Cheat Sheet: Lers Ros' New Mission Outpost

By Tamara Palmer  |  February 19, 2014
Credit: Tamara Palmer

The Gist: After five years in business, with locations in the Tenderloin and Hayes Valley, Tom Silargorn has opened his third outpost of Thai restaurant Lers Ros in the bustling Mission District.

The Vibe: Casual and fun, with bright orange walls, a Technicolor wine wall and a soundtrack of high-energy dance music.

Eat This: The menu balances American favorites (pad Thai, curries) with exotic offerings like frog, alligator and wild boar. Don't miss the yum pla duk foo, an iceberg lettuce salad topped with fried minced catfish, lime dressing and red chiles. The loose translation of the dish is "fluffy catfish salad," but the fried fish has a uniquely lacey texture that helps absorb the searing heat of chiles.

Drink This: Les Hospices 2011 Sancerre is great with the spice-forward food as is the sweet and unfiltered Sayuri nigori sake.

Skip This: The vegetable-filled fried rolls are nothing special.

For Fans Of: Basil Thai, Chabaa, Osha Thai

The Damage: Entrees average $7.95-13.95 and top out at $21.95 for stir-fried alligator.

The Verdict: Nearby restaurants like Krua Thai and even MAU (which is Vietnamese) will need to be wary of this very high-quality, affordable newcomer to the neighborhood.

Lers Ros, 3189 16th Street; 415-931-6917