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Lers Ros, Expanding with Thai Flavor in the Mission

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[Photos: Patricia Chang]

Thai-food favorite and Eater 38 perennial Lers Ros has arrived in the Mission, with a third location at 16th and Guerrero opening today. Housed in the former Malai Thai, Lers Ros Mission is designed to be a happy medium between the casual Tenderloin original and the upscale Hayes Valley sequel, with lots of sleek black wood, orange accents, and chic wire-framed chairs from designers Tecta Associates. A glowing, gorgeous wine display in back definitely makes clear this is not just a neighborhood takeout joint.

Of course, the main attraction at Lers Ros is the food, and fans will find all the favorites (pork belly, duck larb, papaya salad) in full force. Owner-chef Tom Silargorn has also concocted some new dishes for the new location, like chuu-chee lobster with a red coconut chili sauce, green curry salmon, and a venison stir-fry with a hint of coconut milk. Despite the high pedigree and Mission address, nearly everything on the menu remains under $15, and a $9.75 lunch special allows diners to select two dishes from a list of 16 options, with rice and salad.

On the wine side, the list is a bit more approachable than that of the Hayes Valley edition, and was designed to be "young, fun, and unusual." The wines are mostly under $40/bottle and primarily from Europe, with a few California options thrown in. This is also the first time a Lers Ros location has offered sparkling wine: they have French and Portuguese options. Hours are still subject to change, but to start, they'll be Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 am-10 pm, and Friday-Saturday, 10:30 am-11 pm. As with the other locations, delivery is free with a minimum order of $15.

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