I finally made the requisite visit to the Slated Door on Sunday night. I had some friends visiting SF who wanted something "Asian" that they can't easily find in DC. Slanted Door was a good option since I had not been to the restaurant since it moved from its Valencia Street location.
There were 5 of us and I was unable to get reservations for us that same day, but I figured we could get seated right at 5:30 if we arrived just in time for the opening. We were graciously seated, to my surprise, at a nice table in the middle of the restaurant. The restaurant was packed by 6:30.
My friends thought the food was sublime, and I thought it was good. Maybe it's the fact that this has become such a trendy destination restaurant that my palate was going to be hard to please.
We had the summer rolls, which were really just ok. A bit steep at $8.75. After that we shared the claypot chicken, the shaking beef, cellophane noodles with Dungeness crab meat and the Japanese eggplant. The cellophane noodles, the shaking beef and the eggplant were the standouts of the evening.
Actually, the best thing I ate was the chocolate pot de creme with an espresso granita and whipped cream - it was better than the one I remember at 42 Degrees and their version was superb. We also ordered the sticky rice dessert (pass on that one if you are tempted) and a brownie sundae (not worth $8).
The service was attentive; the setting was cool and hip. Would I go back....maybe for a cocktail at the lounge or to take visitors looking for a different experience.