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298 Gough Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Lers Ros Thai: A User’s Guide

Regional Thai Cuisine | Acclaimed Pad Thai | Manageable Spice Levels | 120+ Menu Items

Sample Dishes

  • Kra duk moo tod: fried and marinated pork spare ribs with hot sauce
  • Koong priew warn: prawns stir-fried with sweet-and-sour sauce
  • Nuer pad prik thai ooan: beef stir-fried with peppercorns and galangal

Meet the Chef: Tom Silargorn grew up in a town just outside of Bangkok, and Thailand’s cuisine has remained ingrained in him ever since. This is evident in the care he takes with his pad thai, which he sets apart from other versions with a made-from-scratch sauce.

High Praise

  • Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle says “Silargon’s version of pad Thai makes others taste like Cap’n Crunch breakfast cereal.”
  • The original Larkin Street location was named Best New Thai Restaurant in 2009 by San Francisco Weekly

Fun Fact: Lers ros loosely translates to “excellent taste of the food.”

Inside Tips

  • For a more quiet, subdued experience, visit during nonpeak hours or trek over to the less bustling Larkin Street location.
  • Come on an empty stomach. Portions here are large enough that most people have leftovers for the next day.

307 Hayes Street
San Francisco,
CA
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494 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Though it would be easy to play it safe and select Thai classics from Thep Phanom's expansive menu—both Frommer's and SFGate agree that the pad thai is a definite go-to—that would be selling chef Pat Parikanant short. For nearly 30 years, her eatery, set in a Victorian building and adorned with century-old Thai antiques, has been celebrated for its more unusual dishes. Diners would be wise to branch out and opt for the ped sawan—duck prepared in a delicate honey sauce and served over spinach—or the dancing lady, a single jumbo prawn stuffed with crab and drizzled with spicy sauce. Don't forget beverages: the Michelin Guide notes that the "creamy Thai iced tea is as good as any cocktail."

400 Waller St
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Thai Idea Vegetarian

  • Specialty: vegetarian and vegan Thai cuisine
  • Meatless credentials: The recipes don’t even contain fish sauce.
  • Must-try appetizer: the Wing Bomb—deep-fried veggie chicken with homemade sauce and crispy basil
  • Most unique chef’s special: pumpkin curry
  • Most surprising meatless meat: tamarind-glazed duck confit
  • Best dish for a sweet tooth: Thai crepe with ice cream

710 Polk St
San Francisco,
CA
US

1560 Fillmore St
San Francisco,
CA
US