The Slanted Door – Modern Vietnamese (NoshDC On The Road)

The Slanted Door
Ferry Building #3
San Francisco

January 2014

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The afternoon ferry from Carmel, landed where else but the Ferry building. The Ferry building is basically a marketplace with merchants selling  bread and cheese, wine, olive oil, meats, coffee and tea and small eateries.  All kinds of yummy nosh and cookware.

After a bit of looking around we headed over to grab our table at this amazing spot, The Slanted Door. The Slanted Door is a very popular restaurant with a modern Vietnamese theme.  I couldn’t  find anything especially Vietnamese about the venue or the menu. We realized neither would be an issue because this was our best meal during our visit to San Francisco.

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The restaurant is located on the north-east corner of the building so you have great views of what I think is the Oakland bridge and bay. It feels very romantic but I doubt if you will hear one another once the room fills up.

 

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The vibe is very inviting with modern fixtures , open kitchen and floor to ceiling windows. We had an early reservation of 5:30pm and it quickly filled until we could hardly hear each other speak. You want to make sure you have a reservation but if not you may find space at the bar which has a low table seating area too.  I am sure this comes in handy for the overflow with all the folks waiting to get their seats in the main dining area. The main area is a large open space. I don’t think there was wall in the place.

I would say that the staff was just fair nothing outstanding. The real star here other than the view is this great menu of food.

Here’s what we had and what I’d recommend.

Starters

You might want to start with the Barbecued willis ranch pork spareribs. These ribs were perfectly cooked covered with an asian brown sauce. Literally finger lickin good.

Mains

Organic chicken clay pot had tender chunks of chicken covered with what seemed to be a curry type of flavor. This went well with the jasmine rice. The rodoni farm brussels sprouts had a tangy glaze which went well with the black cod which was a little blander than I expected.

Rodoni farm brussels sprouts - The Slanted Door

Rodoni farm brussels sprouts – The Slanted Door

 

 

 

The Slanted Door - Wood oven roasted california black cod

The Slanted Door – Wood oven roasted california black cod

 

The crispy whole branzino presentation was classic. This fish was very meaty and again goes well with the jasmine rice. Don’t forget to  enjoy that crispy skin.

 

 

The Slanted Door - Crispy whole branzino

The Slanted Door – Crispy whole branzino

 

I think my favorite of all of the entrees was the Caramelized wild gulf shrimp with garlic, onions and caramel chili sauce. You won’t want to share this one.

The Slanted Door - Caramelized wild gulf shrimp

The Slanted Door – Caramelized wild gulf shrimp

 

Dessert

Don’t forget about dessert. We had Sugar beignets, Vanilla rum cake and Buttermilk panna cotta. I honestly can’t decide which was my favorite. All done well and each course was well portioned.

The Slanted Door - Sugar beignets

The Slanted Door – Sugar beignets

 

The Slanted Door -   Buttermilk panna cotta

The Slanted Door – Buttermilk panna cotta

 

The Slanted Door - Vanilla rum cake and

The Slanted Door – Vanilla rum cake and