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Ame or Slanted Door?

LAmonkeygirl Jul 29, 2008 05:30 PM

I have reservations for Friday night at Ame. But now I'm wondering if Slanted Door is a better choice. Any suggestions?

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    margieco Jul 29, 2008 05:39 PM

    It depends on what you are looking for -- they are both very different experiences.

    Personally I'd choose Ame because I think it is more unique.

    1. Paul H Jul 29, 2008 05:55 PM

      Amé's food is more refined as is the ambiance and service. Slanted Door has a better view and is more lively. Personally, I'd choose Amé, though it is likely to be more expensive. Have you looked at the on-line menus for each place?

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        deanpaul2 Jul 29, 2008 06:04 PM

        Ame's lovely but Slanted Door rocks. Eating at the bar at Slanted Door is a great experience but I don't love every table there. Ame's gorgeous inside but again, a few tables aren't desirable in my book. Both have great food though Slanted Door wins out for me because over and over again they deliver the same great stuff...whether that's spring rolls, ribs i live to chew on, or time tested reliables like claypot chicken or shaking beef....plus the bartenders make perfect cocktails - EVERY TIME!

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          whiner Jul 29, 2008 08:24 PM

          Slanted Door is my stand-by. I've been there twice as much as any other fine dining establishment in SF. Ame is wonderful and a deffinite notch above in overall restaurant quality, I think -- but you have to be more adventurous, and price-wise, I only go to when someone else is paying. Thankfully, tomorrow night, someone else will be paying and I will be going, so I will report back! :-D

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            LAmonkeygirl Jul 30, 2008 12:21 PM

            Well, the point is moot. I called to see about reservations, and they were booked solid. Maybe lunch...

            1. Pei Jul 30, 2008 01:18 PM

              Don't be too sad about not getting a reservation. The dishes at Ame are much more unique, and beautifully presented. My one experience with food at Slanted Door included overpriced jasmine rice and chewy shaking beef. No thanks, I'll get my Vientmese fix in the Tenderloin. Drinks, on the other hand, have always been tasty.

              Of course, Ame's price point is enough reason not to frequent the restaurant, but since the debate between the two is a moot point enjoy your dinner. It should be great.

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                whiner Jul 31, 2008 01:30 AM

                Had dinner at Ame this past night. Wonderful. The squash blossoms were phenominal as was the steak and the pork chop. I didn't try the sea bass sashimi but was told it was excellent. Truly, an outstanding meal.

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                  dinnerout Jul 31, 2008 01:18 PM

                  I'd do Ame for dinner and lunch at Slanted Door!

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