While some locals may call it a little touristy I am a big fan of The Slanted Door we have dined there a couple of times now with Sabine and the experience has been great +. On our most recent visit we were waited on by Consuelo whose efficient and friendly service made the night all the better. Do make a reservation as it is always packed and in fact we enjoy going later as the crowd thins out the ambience quietens and one can enjoy the cool music .
Sabine tried the branzino & tamarind soup with ginger, cilantro, pineapple & bean sprout which while tasty was a little to tangy for my liking. I tried the signature slanted door spring rolls with shrimp, pork,mint & peanut sauce which I love and that is despite the fact I am not a big peanut sauce fan – the flavor of the peanut is subtle enough that Id have this dish again again.
The friendly and knowledgable Sommelier recommend us a Pinot Noir from Oregon which we thrououghly enjoyed – the 2009 Anan Cara Pinot Noir .
For mains Sabine went for the cellophane noodles in search of something different with green onions, crab & sesame which she found just fine while I went for a more classic wood oven roasted lemon grass – garlic half chicken with ginger citrus sauce, extra virgin oil & cilantro – it was inspitrational and certainly something I will be interpreting in my next session of weekend in the kitchen!!! Chef Charles Phan does a fine job in bringing Vietnamite Cuisine to the table in a manner which pleases the palate and the crowd.
Dessert – we were flying early the next morning – the upside down apple cake with vanilla ice cream – to die for and so good it was the highlight of our repeat experience at The Slanted Door.
The Slanted door showcases the abundance of produce as well as ecologically farmed meat,game and poultry found in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Phen family have done a fine job in blending Vietnamese cuisine with local ingredients. We will be back!!! Make sure to reserve 415-861 8032.