Ler Ros - for the timid at heart [San Francisco]
I love Lers Ros and I go often with friends who can take all the spicy heat. I unfortunately love flavors but cannot take the heat. I would like to know some of the best dishes there that are not spicy. Even when I ask them to tone some of the dishes down they don't see able to...I love the duck larb, pork belly and the pad thai, but I would like to try something different.
I often eat at Lers Ros in Hayes Valley before rehearsals when I don't want anything very spicy. There are lots of good non-spicy choices among the noodle soups and the rice plates. Favorites include the Kao Kha Moo, Kao Na Phed, Kao Mun Kai in the rice plates and the Kuay Tiew Combination and Kuay Tiew Phed Toon in the noodle soups. In the original Thai-style dishes, the Pla Trout Tod Nam Pla is another good choice.
If you want zero spice or just to have something on the table not spicy and not sour, I've enjoyed the pork stuffed calamari soup, though as a warning, sometimes this dish is well prepared and sometimes the calamari is a little overbooked and the broth is too salty. I find it balances out the spicy dishes well. Iirc the fried egg with acacia is not too spicy. I was less than wowed, but it is worth trying if you are curious. The duck curry can be delicious and doesn't have too much heat. You might also try the whole fried fish items. I prefer the whole fried tilapia-the chili sauce is a dipping sauce, and I think the other whole fried fish comes bathed in a sweet sauce.