Slanted Door is Charles Phan's modern Vietnamese restaurant. Charles aims to showcase the abundance of sustainably farmed produce as well as meat, ... More
Slanted Door is Charles Phan's modern Vietnamese restaurant. Charles aims to showcase the abundance of sustainably farmed produce as well as meat, game and poultry found at farms around the San Francisco Bay Area and globe.
This place is nice: We tried this place last Sunday. Since the waiting line is long, we can't wait but sit at the bar. The food is good and special, there are a variety of drinks and they are great However, the price is way too expensive. It could be a fun place to hang out once in a while. Maybe I'll come back soon.
I cannot understand the hype this place gets, outside of the great location. I have eaten here 3 times (business and special occasions, arranged by others) and today's lunch totally convinced me of how lackluster it is. Again the food was incredibly oily, greasy and without any particular flavor. Vietnamese food is known for its delicate, fragrant flavor, and non-oily cooking techniques. But Slanted door is more like trying to be high end Chinese, but bad oily food at that. A squash-like dumpling appetizer was swimming in grease, and the cellophane noodles were leaded with oil, as were the rice cakes and mass of spinach with garlic. We are vegetarians interested in the lighter side, but got heavy doses of grease, fat and pretty much nothing else. The only enjoyable dish was the fresh veggie rolls, although the servers pushed the fried ones on us, and we had to insist on the non-fried ones. there are way better Vietnamese in the City-- in Little Saigon area or some neighborhoods. Mai's on Clement is great, nice, flavorful cooking, delicate and delish!
After reading the negative reviews, I guess we were lucky. This was the SF Xmas light and skating opening night. We were walk-ins@9pm, no reservation, and got seated immediately, had a attentive waiter w/ personality and the food was good. Three appetizers, rice, tea, one entry and dessert cost $75 including tip. It was loud but that's typical in any Asian restaurant. Decor and location was impressive. It was a nice ending to a great day.
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