SF Chronicle's Michael Bauer reviews a TLCBD staff favorite, Esan Classic. Here's an excerpt from the review:
"At Esan Classic, which specializes in the cuisine of northeastern Thai region that borders Laos and Cambodia, Silargorn has teamed up with his longtime chef, Chanon Hutasingh. The restaurant is right across Larkin Street from Lers Ros, and while there are some crossovers such as pad thai ($11.95-$14.95) and fried garlic quail ($12.95), many combinations at Esan Classic are different.
Amid the clutter of the Tenderloin, the facade of the restaurant with its bright neon sign shines like a diamond in a jeweler’s case. Through the spotless storefront windows, you can see the sleek interior, with a mural of a woman along one wall, tile floors and handsome wooden tables set with molded leather chairs.
Silargorn, who has opened two other Lers Ros restaurants in the city, is celebrated for his personal take on the food, and for his modern interiors. At Esan Classic, that personal touch is evident when diners walk in and see his vintage motorcycle on display with its polished chrome pipes and tooled leather seat."