The first time I went to San Francisco my good friend Chrissy took me to Slanted Door in the Ferry Building for cocktails and appetizers. The prices on the menu were a little outside the reach of my law student budget, not to mention the restaurant was totally jammed so we were in and out pretty quickly. This time I was back with my Dad to bank roll the dinner. What we didn’t expect (and duh probably should have) is that you need to lock down your table at Slanted Door about a month in advance. Whoops. I needed to get out on a run so I put Dad in charge of figuring that one out.
When I got back he said we could probably get a table if we were there when it opened at 5:30. Yeah, it was the early bird special but it was worth it.
We got to sit outside and had this impressive view…
I was so excited to rip open the menus.
I cannot remember what I had to drink the first time I went to Slanted Door. This time the choice was easy. I ordered a French 75: dudognon reserve cognac and prosecco, lemon; on rocks.
It was so good I ordered two.
As you can tell, we wasted no time establishing that we needed appetizers and entrees and dessert. This is why I like meals out with dad, there are always multiple courses.
We quickly ordered the slanted door spring rolls with pork, mint, shrimp and peanut sauce.
So fresh and so delicious. I love the huge shrimps with the mint.
We also decided to order two entrees and share them. I interrogated the waiter about what the best food on the menu was.
The theme of the food on this trip was seafood. Dad basically had clam fest the first several days of the trip. The waiter recommended the caramelized wild gulf shrimp with garlic, yellow onion and caramel chili sauce and Dad quickly called dibs on it.
Don’t worry I made him share. It was sweet and not too spicy which is good. Totally mouth watering.
I ordered the cellophane noodles with green onion, crab and sesame. What can I say? I was feeling the need for carbs.
Again, so fresh. The ingredients here are just the best. I love the food in San Francisco. Plus, I haven’t had good cellophane noodles in a long time.
The entrees at Slanted Door seem simple but they were both so delicious. The ingredients are fresh and the blend of seasonings is perfect. Nothing was over sauced (ick) or bland.
We tore through BOTH entrees and decided that we needed some sort of dessert. After a big dinner I wanted something light.
Poached peaches with crème fraiche.
This dessert had me a crème fraiche. It was light and delicious and summery. Perfect end to a perfect meal.
After dinner we went on a long walk to digest. I had a massive food baby after all this food. I highly recommend Slanted Door. It was one of the best meals that we had while traveling. If you can’t get in for a meal, try to check out the bar and order at least an appetizer.