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Slanted Door Report

steaklist | Jun 9, 200406:30 PM

Went to Slanted Door last night with 3 friends. Our reservations were for 7:15, and we were seated within 15 minutes. Ordered drinks in the bar while we waited. The cocktails were all $9, and were made extremeley well. We ordered Margaritas and a Kaffir Lime something.

I asked the waiter what was popular, and he ran through a fairly long list of things that included Shaking Beef and Shrimp (didn't catch it all). Then he dismissed it all by saying "That's what the White People like," obviously being tongue-in-cheek, but we all thought it was funny since he himself was Caucasian (or appeared to be), as were three people in our group. Then he went on to make his recommendations, something we all appreciated. Following his lead, we ordered the following:

- Crispy Imperial Rolls
- Veggies Spring Rolls
- Daikon Rice Cakes
- Green Papaya Salad

- Free-range Lamb
- Grilled Ahi Tuna
- Grilled pork

- Sugar Snap Peas

I thought the appetizers were all great. The first three listed each came with their own respective sauces. If I could only order one, it would def be the Crispy Imperial Rolls. They were the best, and the most involved, since you filled a green lettuce leaf with noodles, placed a mint in the center, drizzled the sauce on top and wrapped it all around the crispy bite-sized roll. Yum!

The bill came to $225.00. A deal we thought for all that indulgence!

The waiter (and the server) all said the lamb was the best thing on the menu. I don't know about that, but it was certainly the best thing on our table. We asked for it medium-rare, and it arrived more medium, but it was absolutely delicious. It ran circles (so to speak) around the rack of lamb I ordered the previous week at Chez Papa. It was a very meat rack, with little fat, infused with smokey goodness.

The grilled ahi was also good, but nothing out of the ordinary. The pork was our least definitely needed the sauce it came with, since it was cooked to dry for our tastes...altho I still thought the flavor was great.

Welp, we found room for three desserts and two glasses of the Malmsey Madiera. We ordered the trio of sorbets (apricot, pluot and peach - all delicious!), banana-coconut bread pudding (more like a solid tapioca, I thought) and a peach-berry crisp with buttermilk ice cream (the best of the three). The madiera was fantastic, and served in a nice white wine glass which made it fun to swirl ($7).

Our server was very attentive throughout the meal and we all appreciated his candor when we asked his opinions on what was good (he nixed our cucumber-seaweed salad, saying the other two salads were much better).

The space was hip, airy, had fabulous views of the bay and embarcadero. Great place to be during sunset when the bay darkens and the lights from the bridge start to glisten on the water. The place was packed from the moment we arrived to the time we left. The energy was great. I'll def go back...and would also be content to sit at comfortable bar area with an expertly made cocktail and those great imperial rolls!

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