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budlit Aug 19, 2006 11:23 PM

Is there any place similar and just as good as the Slanted Door in San Francisco?

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    FoodieBoy Aug 22, 2006 02:40 AM

    What about Crustacean in Beverly Hills?

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    1. re: FoodieBoy
      banquisha Aug 22, 2006 02:52 AM

      I know some people don't like The Slanted door... I actually enjoy it.
      I HATE Crustacean, and so do most people. HATE.

      1. re: FoodieBoy
        Das Ubergeek Aug 22, 2006 04:35 AM

        I can't let you send someone to Crustacean. Yes, it's about as close to a high-end quasi-Vietnamese as we get down here, but nobody in his right mind goes to Crustacean for the food.

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        Danish Aug 22, 2006 01:15 AM

        Michelia Nouvelle on 3rd Street just east of Robertson isn't quite as swanky (more charming) as Slanted Door, but offers the same delicious, high-quality Vietnamese/fusion dining. Everything is full of flavor - the potstickers are especially good.

        1. Cicely Aug 20, 2006 04:01 AM

          I can't speak from experience, but there have been some posts on these two places. You can do some searches on this board; it's not very helpful to look for "S vietnamese," so try "upscale Vietnamese" or some such. S sounds more like a real restaurant, with tablecloths and nice decor; Benley I think is more like a chic cafe (no tablecloths). Unlike Slanted Door, however, both are actually located in (or very near, don't know Long Beach) the Vietnamese community. Fwiw, though, I've been to SL (new location) and was only impressed by the cocktails and the Heath Ceramics tableware.

          S Restaurant
          545 Westminster Mall Dr.
          Open 7 Days a Week

          Benley: A Vietnamese Kitchen
          8191 E. Wardlow Road
          Long Beach
          (562) 596-8130

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          1. re: Cicely
            carter Aug 20, 2006 05:09 AM

            Here is the menu at S Vietnamese Restaurant in Westminister on the parking lot of the Westminster Mall, just south of the 405 Fwy.

            1. re: carter
              Chowpatty Aug 20, 2006 05:42 PM

              Thanks, S Vietnamese, that's the one I was thinking of. However, I don't think there's anything even remotely resembling the Slanted Door in L.A. other than less-ambitious "pan-Asian" places like Buddha's Belly. I think the only place with sort of a comparable style is Yujean Kang's in Pasadena, but I'm not sure if it's still good.

          2. Chowpatty Aug 20, 2006 12:34 AM

            Well, there are no upscale Vietnamese restaurants that cater predominantly to non-Vietnamese diners, if that's what you mean.
            There's Gingergrass in Silver Lake, which has a similar style but is much more casual and more reasonably-priced.
            There are a a few restaurants in Westminster that offer somewhat more elaborate food than the pho and bahn mi places -- I think Brodard may have closed but there's another newish one which I can't remember the name of. But it's the real thing, aimed mostly at Vietnamese customers.

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            1. re: Chowpatty
              budlit Aug 20, 2006 05:06 PM

              Well, I don't actually consider the Slanted Door as strictly Vietnamese food, since the chef is Chinese and was raised in Vietnam, there is an obvious Chinese influence in the food. I had a couple of meals there a few years ago and the food was amazing.

              1. re: Chowpatty
                silverlakewino Aug 20, 2006 06:05 PM

                gingergrass and slanted door are not even comparable restaurants, at least not to me....

                1. re: silverlakewino
                  Chowpatty Aug 20, 2006 06:21 PM

                  I didn't say it was comparable, I said it had a similar style of food -- that is, updated Vietnamese/Asian food for mostly non-Asian customers. Hopefully shaking beef for $24 at the Slanted Door is going to be better than shaking beef for $12 at Gingergrass, although I like Gingergrass just fine, actually.

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