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Lers Ros - New Location [Haynes Valley, San Francisco]

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I just drove down Hayes Street near Franklin and saw signs for Lers Ros on the windows of a property in the process of being renovated. Any word on this?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      There was no work being done there for months and months after that initial announcement that Robert linked. The signs and papering indicating something was actually happening went up about a month or two ago. Sure hope they are open by September for the concert and opera season!

      Michael

    2. I walked by today and the signs said they'll be open this Friday - 11/11/11. The hours are 10:00 am to 11:00 pm. Can't wait!

      Michael

      1. I was excited to see Lers Ros opening in our neighborhood, so we visited earlier this week. We called in for a reservation, and I'm happy we did--at 7 p.m., we were seated at high tables in the bar area, and about 10 walk-ins stood waiting for tables. It felt a little cramped, and I heard one of the other bar table diners complain. The space isn't as big as the Tenderloin location, so the people standing looked a little uncomfortably squished.

        We split three dishes, only one of which (the pork shoulder appetizer) I'd had before. We also split a papaya salad with chicken from the specials menu and duck soup from the regular menu.

        Overall, compared to visits on Larkin, we both found the food notably sweet (too sweet, IMHO) and not spicy at all--though I think, in retrospect, we could have ordered differently to dial up the spice and tone down the sugar. I'd visit again, because it's so convenient and close, but If the sugar/spice ratio is just off here, I'd prefer to walk out to the 'Loin.

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        Lers Ros
        307 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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        1. re: pane

          Yes, it's a small space - seating for about 35 at tables plus 10 or so in the bar area. I needed a non-spicy dish so I ordered the rad nah. It had great depth of flavor and there was no problem with inappropriate sweetness. I'm really looking forward to trying out more of the menu!

          Michael

          1. re: pane

            We had dinner over the weekend. I agree about the spice/sugar issues--and I both asked for dishes to be made spicy (and was told they were medium) and got them to bring me the chiles.

            Fried tofu appetizer and fried spring rolls were well prepared but a waste of calories. I liked the vegetarian tom yung soup. Green curry vegetables was quite decent. I'd order both again.

            My friend's son had broad rice noodles with beef and chinese broccoli, which he refused to share. So I guess they were good.

            Oddly the highlight was a side of brown rice, which had red grains as well as brown and was fluffy and wonderful with green curry. Also a fresh coconut drink. Service was very pleasant. It's a bit of a sterile Hayes Valley design. But I'd go there again. Prices may be higher than on Larkin, but considerably lower than most of Hayes Valley. Portions are generous, and it wasn't expensive (<$25 per person including drinks, tax, and tip).

            We walked over to Smitten after. My friends proclaimed it the cleanest tasting ice cream they'd ever had. I got pistachio. They got vanilla and chocolate. No one offered to share. I'm still split on Smitten; I agree the texture is perfect. I just wanted a little more oomph or a cone without breaking $5. It's twice the price of DeLise, which is superior ice cream. But still, very cool.

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            DeLise dessert cafe
            327 Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94133

            Smitten Ice Cream
            Octavia Blvd Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          2. How does the odor in the restaurant compare with the Larkin location? Like if I wanted to go before a symphony concert, would my suit end up smelling like Thai food? It certainly would at the original place.

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              1. re: Windy

                Good to know, although at any other time I love the aromas in the Larkin location.

            1. We had it delivered Saturday night. I had a menu from the Larkin St. location from my only previous visit. We ordered the satay, tofu triangles, coconut soup, and the trout. I was a bit shocked that the prices increased at least 20% over what my old menu stated but everything was awesome and delivered in 35 minutes at crunch time. I had to keep the ordering on the sweet side b/c of a 22 month old and a 6 year old so I can't report on the spice level.

              1. I've been going here a lot lately for some early dinners. Generally I should stick to some of the less spicy dishes at that point, but a couple days ago I threw caution to the winds and tried the frog with young peppercorns. This had stir-fried frog adorned with several strands of green peppercorns. It accumulated quite a kick by the end. What a fantastically flavored dish - my favorite so far.

                Michael

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