Slanted Door, San Francisco

For all the many reputations and stories about San Francisco one has heard, there are none that quite do the city any justice – it truly is a magnificent place, whether wandering through the historical heart of music in Haight or along the bay, marvelling at the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, delving into the literary intensity of the beatniks or just soaking in the vibrancy of it all. With its multi-faceted personality, comes too, a wide and glorious selection of food, but one place in particular that locals and visitors all are in unison about is The Slanted Door, Charles Phan’s temple of modern Vietnamese cooking  that is perpetually full to the brim every single night and with good reason too! 

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Yellowtail
Sausage roll
Sea bass
Spicy broccoli

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Starting off with California yellowtail, crisy shallot, thai basil is never anything but a great choice, whilst the next plate of

Lap cheong sausage rolls, jicama, carrot, thai basil and spicy hoisin sauce hit all the right notes – lots of crunchy vegetables and a naughty hit of porcine goodness, a hint of smokiness to complete it all wrapped up in chewy rice paper – you get my drift!

A giant beauty of sea bass braised in a banana leaf, cilantro, lime, green garlic, spring onions reminded me of a good lime braised northern Thai fish dish, but in this version, the banana leaf helped keep the moistness of the fish and gently infusing it with the flavours from the other ingredients allowing you to make a heavenly dipping sauce from the juices and dunk the fish in it. This was complemented very healthily by Catalan farm spicy broccoli, braised tofu, beech mushroom.


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Unfortunately, after greedily ordering all this food and devouring it, I realised that there was no space for dessert, but from the looks of other tables, a huge cloud of cotton candy was what seemed to be going down very well!

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Recommend you go: 9

Food: 8

Website

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