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What to order at Slanted Door and Michael Mina

I am heading up to SF for the weekend with my wife for our 12th anniv. I have reservations at both Slanted door (Friday night) and Michael Mina (Saturday Night). What do you think are the not to be missed dishes at both.

Thanks in advance

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  1. My Slanted Door recommendations:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4317...

    1. Michael Mina - Ahi Tartare appetizer. I often crave this dish, and it has completely ruined all other ahi tartare's for me. I've heard the same thing from others who have tried the MM version.

      I'm not a big fan of Slanted Door, so I can't offer any advice on that front.

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      1. re: kresge86

        I love ahi so the tartare is on the list.

        Robert, your list sounds good. I never order catfish though is it really worth it.

        1. re: goldbergd

          I love catfish so I don't know if the dish would win over someone who doesn't.

      2. I enjoy the seafood dishes at MM much more than the meats. The menu used to focus primarily of seafood but has changed a lot in the last year or so. The signature lobster pot pie is fantastic, but a different experience than the rest of the menu items in terms of presentation.

        1. Lots of recent reports answering the Slanted Door question. Here's my recs which basically says go with what is fresh and seasonal and not the Vietnamese standards
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5465...

          More reports
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5465...

          I like the lobster pot pie a lot at Michael Mina. They will substitute it for one course in a tasting menu if asked.

          1. I've had the tasting menu at MM and it was very good to excellent. It's in the same range of the other 4-star restaurants in NorCal but priced relatively reasonably at $90 (last time i was there).

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            1. re: ML8000

              Thanks everyone. Looks like I will be trying the lobster pot pie as well.

            2. Slanted Door: Shaking Beef is my favorite main course with the lamb rack and whole fish (when it is on the menu) in second and third.

              Apps: I love the ribs, the veggie spring rolls, the daikon cakes, the jicama and grapefruit salad.

              1. i think the quality at Slated Door has gone down ine th past 3-4 years. i avoid it unless it's a work related dinner. Shaking Beef might be the only think that i would consider to be OK. Personally, I prefer Betelnut (if you're in the mood for americanized Veitnamese / Pan Asian food).