Does anyone else remember when the Slanted Door was an inexpensive restaurant? Or am I just a little more price sensitive these days. I used to eat there fairly often when it first opened and remember it being reasonable, but have not been for 3 years, I'd guess. One of the big things I noticed is that the wine by the glass is now $8 to 8.50 when it used to be $5, and I'm pretty sure it is the same labels--the Austrian stuff, very nice with the food.
Anyway, just had a pleasant meal there. We were in the area at 5:30 and starving. There was the usually little mob forming at the door. We had no reservations, but were seated upstairs promptly after a short wait in line for the door to open (they told us to line up, don't you hate that?).
We had imperial rolls (pretty straightforward) and a great salt and pepper squid with grilled pineapple as apps. Then shaking beef, scallops in black bean sauce with pea shoot, carmel chicken and a dish of sauteed spinach. Our bill was $106 which included a half bottle of wine at $17. It just seemed a bit much as the dishes were tiny, and I guess we are used to eating at cheap Vietnamese places. We were stuffed though.
Our waiter was really great, so nice and friendly and when I mentioned that the scallops were overcooked so notas good as we hoped (6 for $26, no flavor sauce) he brought us a couple of comp desserts, which I really appreciated. We had a outrageous basil pane cotta in mango soup that should be tried, it really works well, and a cherry upside down cake with marscarpone cream.