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Aug 15, 2007 07:19 PM

Recommended dishes/drinks at Slanted Door?


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  1. Slanted Door (i.e. non-vegetarian) spring rolls
    daikon cakes
    catfish claypot
    crispy crab and mushroom rolls (currently out of season)
    shaking beef
    seasonal vegetable (asparagus, bok choy, etc.) w/shitake mushrooms

    Drink Austrian wines and others you won't often find elsewhere (which is most of the list). Ask the sommelier for suggestions.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I agree with Robert on the food and the wines but I would ask the sommelier for anything from Beaune Imports that is on their list, those wines are amazingly food friendly and are high on my list for quality to price ratio. Anythng from Francois Chidaine is toe curling with the food there.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I personally like the daikon cakes, but they have had negative reports on the board. I know this because whenever I say how much I like them ... someone says 'eh'.

        I'm more of a fan of the crispy imperial rolls, but I don't really like spring rolls in general.

        They are back on track lately with the grapefruit and jicama salad with red cabbage and candied pecans which has always been one of my favorite dishes there. Much better than the papaya salad, IMO

        I wasn't too impressed with the five spice chicken but its been years since I had it because .. I wasn't impressed with it.

        Has anyone tried the grilled yellowtail collar bone with black mission figs, with thai chilies & gingered soy sauce currently on the menu because that sounds amazing.

        I fell in love with pea shoots when I first had them at Slanted Door but they are not on the menu currenlty. The mushrooms always sound amazing but never knocked my socks off ... I still order them ... because they always sound amazing.

        The sorbets and ice cream is usualy good. The summer berry pavlova sounds good. Anyone tried it? They do a nice job with fruit desserts.

        I've been very pleased and always look forward to the tea selection.

        If you are going for dinner, the Kabocha squash rice cake with fresh coconut and sesame currently on the menu sounds good.

        Some other things I'd personally consider from the dinner menu based on past dinners:
        - brick oven roasted whole fish with spicy ginger fish sauce
        - stir-fried Anderson Ranch lamb with sweet spring onions and dried red chilies

        The shaking beef is good quality but to me unexciting. The sauces with it are the interesting part.

        I'm with Robert on the claypot catfish, another favorite dish that I always order with visitors ... if they will eat catfish.

        Slanted Door
        Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. re: rworange

          I'm the opposite on the mushrooms, thought they sounded boring and too American but was won over because they're so delicious.

      2. I liked the grilled Niman Ranch double-cut pork chops. It's a huge portion of two tasty chops which is perfect for sharing. The Yukon gold potatoes served with were excellent as well.

        1. The Shaking Beef is the best example I've had of it anywhere. The lamb chops aren't always on the menu, but they are very good, too. The whole fish is also often excellent.

          The spareribs are outstanding, among the best I've had, actually. I like the daikon cakes, too.

          The wine list is rediculously good. Almost everything. But, if you can swing $78, I'd order the déthune brut rosé. There are some amazing Rieslings on that list, but to me, with the food served there, this is what I would and do go to.

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          1. re: whiner

            Absolutely agree on the shaking beef. The great at Out the Door (westfield) also.

            1. re: whiner

              I thought the ribs were pretty tough, but could have been just the day I went.

            2. Ditto on the ribs, shaking beef. make sure to get an order of their broken rice too. great texture, goes well with any dish that needs sopping up of sauces. they havea crab salad that is wonderful too, very fresh tasting. tho i've only had it at out-the-door in Westfield Mall, so i'm not sure if the restaurant carries it.

              1. I think this restaurant is shockingly overrated but the crispy noodles with seafood? Delectable. I generally avoid the whole crispy noodle gravy combo but this one features noodles that stay crisp, even retaining some bite the next day (leftovers!). The seafood is also obscenely fresh and includes fish, rock shrimp and good calamari, not the chewy odds and ends variety. And drinks? Summer on the Danube--prosecco and elderflower syrup. I'm considering serving something similar at my wedding. As for the liquor based cocktails, I've found them to be weak and overpriced. But then again, I'm a bit of a drinker, others may find them perfectly stiff.