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Slanted Door shut 12/24 to 1/6 - pea shoots

Stanley Stephan | Dec 18, 200205:56 PM     17

That isn't an editorial comment. They currently are serving pea shoots on the menu. I heard about these, but had never tried them.

SD sautees them with garlic and shallots. They look like sauteed spinach, but they have the lovely taste of peas. Very nice dish. I may give this a try when I see them at the market. My only nit is I think SD should go a little lighter on the butter.

I thought I'd pass along the fact the restuurant was going to be closed for a few weeks for anyone who thought of heading that way for the holidays.

SD also has a warm and comforting winter dish - curried beef stew with potatoes, carrots, japanese sweet potatoes served on noodles (They also include a bowl of rice with this. Does that cover EVERY starch).

The touch of curry is wonderful on a cold rainy day. The cubes of beef are fatty and have skin attached. The skin is chewy and not slimy and lends a nice consistancy to the dish.

Some of the better desserts are the banana walnut strudel with cinamon ice cream.

The Marscapone mousse with gingerbread cake and spiced Fuyu persimons is wonderful as well. A perfect match of flavors. The gingerbread is not assertive and compliments the lightly poached persimmons and mousse.

The good news is there a nice new tea on the menu - Snow Pear oolong. The bad news is it replaces the Ben Sha which was one of the best tea's I've ever had. Maybe it is the power of suggestion, but there's a certain hint of pear to the tea.

On the other hand, "pea shoots" would make a rather good curse word. I like the fact that Sponge Bob Square Pants uses food as curse words. My favorite to date is "Tarter Sauce". Say it in a loud and angry tone.

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