Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Slanted Door (San Francisco)

Sorry for the break in my San Francisco posts—but I went out of town (again!), and didn't manage to get all caught up on my blog before leaving...and since coming back I've been super, duper busy. Like working ~60 hours a week busy!

Let's time travel back to May. It was our last day in the San Francisco Bay Area and I had managed to secure a reservation at the James Beard-anointed 2014 Outstanding Restaurant, The Slanted Door, located in the same Ferry Building where just a few days prior I had enjoyed a feast of oysters at the Hog Island Oyster Company. (Once again, advanced reservation highly recommended!) After a long, four-hour journey from Napa Valley where we had spent the day (a trip that should have taken one hour—Bay Area Traffic Monster strikes again!), we were glad to have made it there on time.

Green Papaya Salad at The Slanted Door (San Francisco)
Green Papaya Salad

Crispy Vegetarian Imperial Rolls at The Slanted Door (San Francisco)
Crispy Vegetarian Imperial Rolls

Crispy Vegetarian Imperial Rolls at The Slanted Door (San Francisco)
Crispy Vegetarian Imperial Rolls

The Slanted Door serves upscale Vietnamese cuisine—no $6.95 pho here! The atmosphere is lively and space boasts a beautiful view of the bay, and the service was excellent. The food, of course, was top-notch. We ordered two appetizers for the table: the Green Papaya Salad (with pickled carrot, rau ram, crispy shallot, and roasted peanut) and some Crispy Vegetarian Imperial Rolls (with taro root, cabbage, vermicelli noodles, and roasted peanut), which we were quite happy with. For entrees, R. got the Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallops (with tat soi and pineapple-coconut sauce) and I had to try the famous Grass-fed Estancia Shaking Beef (8-ounce cubed filet mignon, Sausalito watercress, red onion, and lime sauce). And what can I say? The food was delicious and much deserving of the "Outstanding Restaurant" honor. There was no better way to cap off our weeklong trip to the Bay Area!

Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops at The Slanted Door (San Francisco)
Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops

Grass Fed Estancia Shaking Beef at The Slanter Door (San Francisco)
Grass-fed Estancia Shaking Beef

P.S. The door is not slanted!

Restaurant info:
The Slanted Door
1 Ferry Building San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 861-8032
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