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What to order at Slanted Door and Michael Mina

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goldbergd Aug 13, 2008 11:22 AM

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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    sugarpop Aug 14, 2008 01:17 PM

    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).

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      whiner Aug 14, 2008 12:11 PM

      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.

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        ML8000 Aug 13, 2008 02:10 PM

        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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          goldbergd Aug 14, 2008 08:59 AM

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

        2. rworange Aug 13, 2008 02:10 PM

          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/546590#3939720

          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. Chris Rising Aug 13, 2008 01:59 PM

            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.

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              kresge86 Aug 13, 2008 11:50 AM

              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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                goldbergd Aug 13, 2008 12:08 PM

                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.

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                  Robert Lauriston Aug 13, 2008 12:11 PM

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

              2. Robert Lauriston Aug 13, 2008 11:46 AM

                My Slanted Door recommendations:

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

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