Occupation: Immigration Attorney
Favorite Restaurant: Lers Ros
Reviewed Lers Ros: Saturday, May 5, 2012
We started off with an order of Thai herb sausage. It is served with a garnish of diced limes, ginger, chili peppers, and peanuts. The sausage is grilled, and when combined with the garnishes, it really stands out as a favorite appetizer. The dish represents something that distinguishes Lers Ros from the many, many other Thai places in San Francisco: the restaurant is not afraid to serve Thai dishes, even regional ones like this sausage, in an authentic way. So many other Thai places “water down” the strong, bold flavors that Thai food inherently brings. Lers Ros represents Thai food in an uncompromising and confident way.
We ordered a dish of fried egg with acacia, which is floated in a tamarind-chili broth. This dish is yet another example of something most other Thai places would never put on their menu. The richness and depth of the broth must be tasted to be believed. Tamarind is a complex flavor and when added to chili and other aromatics it really comes to life in this extraordinary dish. We then moved on to a dish that represents the influence of the Chinese population in Thailand and Thai food. The Stir-Fried Pork with Crispy Rind and Chinese Broccoli, is not the most healthy dish, but the flavors and textures of the three-layered pork (pork, pork fat, and pork skin) are excellent. The sauce is light and tinged with chili, and the sautéed Chinese broccoli adds a light note to this rich dish. We also ordered another Chinese inspired dish: the pickled mustard greens sautéed with fresh lime and chili. It is a credit to the chef that greens could be made to taste so excellent.
We began going to Lers Ros when it first opened, when it was a sensation among the local Thai community. I am so thrilled to see how it was appealed to so many different people in San Francisco. You just can’t keep the lid on a great thing!
Occupation: Grad Student and Sales Engineer
Location: Walnut Creek
Favorite Restaurant: Caffe La Scala
Reviewed Lers Ros: Friday, May 4, 2012
This was one of the best meals I have had in a really long time. The restaurant reminded me of my time living in Hong Kong and traveling around Asia. In Japan and Hong Kong, everything is centered around food, food is more than just taste and a full belly -- it’s family and memories and taking your time to slow down and enjoy life. This place reminded me of that. Walking in, it’s a bit shocking how small and crowded it is at first. I am used to that from Asia, but I can see it being a bit much for others. I felt bad for the patrons enjoying their dinners on a date while we eagerly awaited, hovering over their table and salivating. There was no room for privacy or space, this place is all about the food and it’s worth it. The fiery, red-clad servers bustle around quickly and nimbly serve with barely enough room to walk between tables. The wait was about 30 minutes, but I was with a good friend so I didn’t mind, we just used the time to chat. Once seated the service was impeccable. I never had an empty water glass, and they were kind and warm. The Pork Spare Ribs were not what I expected. They were small, and the meat did not fall off the bone. However, they were tasty and had nice little crunchy savory bits on the edges, which were delicious to nibble. The meat was not necessarily tender, but it was very hearty and tasty. They were salty, spicy, and had a hint of garlic. Perfect. Visually, they weren’t very appealing, they looked like little mini knuckles or pigs feet to me, but the taste was worth it and I would order them again.