The Slanted Door is one of the those places that I dream about at night. Whenever I get the chance to do a nice lunch this is where I go. Getting in for dinner is near impossible and even with a reservation I could only get in at lunchtime on a Monday, at 11AM. The restaurant is on the Embarcadero and every table has a view of the San Francisco Bay. Last Monday, just like most days this October, the weather was glorious and we could see all the way to Angel Island. Still this is San Francisco, and things can get a bit blowy, so we opted for a table inside. The view was spectacular! The food is served family style, but make no mistake the portions are pretty small so it is ideal to order many dishes, and that is just what we did.
The food at The Slanted Door is upscale Vietnamese and no matter what you order you simply cannot go wrong. As I said, the servings are not particularly big so we ordered five items and some rice for three of us. However soy sauce was a part of the broccoli dish so I did not partake. We ordered wild California yellowtail with crispy shallots (not dusted in flour) and Thai basil, wild California uni with black tobiko (caviar), avocado and cucumber, a Vietnamese crepe (banh xeo) and halibut that I can’t seem to find on the menu as I compose this post, but it was delicious nonetheless.
The dishes arrived to our table together and they all looked so amazing that I didn’t know where to start, I wanted to be sure to savor each and every delectable bite. I began with the California uni with black tobiko, avocado and cucumber served on a spoon. The bottom was a creamy avocado puree with a julienne of cucumber then layered with a gorgeous piece of uni topped with the tobiko. This was divine. The flavours were fresh and clean and the tobiko popped in my mouth. I licked the spoon clean. Next was the yellowtail and all I can say is, wow! The yellowtail was expertly sliced, it just melted in my mouth. Then it was on to the Vietnamese crepe, the best one I have ever eaten. The crepe was light and crispy, the shrimp had it’s tails removed and everything was evenly spread out inside. Perfecto! Last was the halibut with it’s nice crust on the outside, moistness inside, served with a fish sauce with ginger and chiles (I think) and a refreshing pear salad.
Slanted Door is not only one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco, but they happily and easily accommodate gluten-free diners. I emailed the restaurant before writing this post and was told that dishes that are not already gluten-free can often be made gluten-free, and ANY server on the floor can help you with this. The response came within ten minutes of me emailing them. I double checked my dishes were gluten-free before I ordered, but wanted to make sure that most menu items could be easily altered before recommending this place.
The Slanted Door
1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111