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Slanted door tonight - need recs! [San Francisco]

Two vegetarians and two meat eaters. What should we order? From what I can gather, we should definitely get the grapefruit and jicama salad, but anything else? Recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Cellophane noodles with crabmeat was the only truly transcendent dish I had there. Don't miss it.

    1. Slanted Door (i.e. non-vegetarian) spring rolls
      daikon cakes
      catfish claypot
      crispy crab and mushroom rolls (if available)
      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 for suggestions.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I have to demur on the catfish claypot. I ordered it recently and found it really disappointing. The catfish was overly muddy and the sauce (with the exception of one blazingly hot pepper) was bland -- the caramelization I expected in a dish called "caramelized catfish claypot" was sadly lacking.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Probably too late for the Op, but no. Order anything that isn't a standard Vietnamese menu dish.

        2. I really liked their take on the Vietnamese crepe -- I'm pretty sure they have a vegetarian version on the menu (or will make one one request). I really liked the duck confit salad as well.

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Great - thanks for all the recs! I'll let you know how they turn out.

            1. re: hmruthi

              Oops. Looks like the Vietnamese crepe is on the lunch menu, but not the dinner menu.

          2. My husband and I recently ate at Slanted Door for the first time . There were some definite hits/misses, but we look forward to a return visit.

            We ordered two delicious but quite tiny cocktails including a fantastic and refreshing ginger limeade made with lime vodka, a glass of riesling, half an order of imperial rolls (they don't say so on the menu, but our waiter offered to let us order a half order when we couldn't decide between several appetizers), S&P shrimp appetizer, shaking beef, lemongrass tofu, both white & brown rice, beignets with creme fraiche dipping sauce and a latte. Total after tax but before tip was $120.

            Next time, we'll replace the S&P shrimp and shaking beef with a whole order of imperial rolls and the carmelized shrimp entree. (We struggled between ordering the S&P shrimp appetizer and the carmelized shrimp entree.)

            The lemongrass tofu was absolutely delicious (even my husband who isn't a huge tofu lover really enjoyed this dish) and we both really enjoyed the imperial rolls and dessert beignets.

            I know there are many fans of Slanted Door's shaking beef, but we weren't terribly impressed, especially when you consider the $29 price tag. Ditto for the S&P shrimp which wasn't much different than the S&P shrimp sold at the deli at 99 Ranch for a fraction of the cost.

            All in all a very enjoyable evening, especially b/c our table had a great view of the bridge. I'd highly recommend this restaurant subject to a few caveats regarding which dishes to order/avoid.

            1. We were there last September & loved the veg. imperial rolls, green papaya salad & spicy beans. You can ask if they can prepare dishes without fish sauce. At my urging, DH ordered the shaking beef & he was disappointed. Not very flavorful & meat was not tender. Have fun.