SF’s The Slanted Door – Hip or Hype?

For a professional taste of cellophane noodles with Dungeness crab we went to SF’s The Slanted Door, a contemporary space in the Ferry Building with views of the bay. This version, although light on crab, had a toasted sesame flavor that added a richness and deeper golden color to the noodles. Tasty noodles, but for $18 you would think they could add a few more crab chunks.

Cellophane Noodles with Dungeness Crab

Other dishes tasted included mesquite grilled sardines, boney as you would expect sardines to be, but delightfully fishy and perfectly cooked.

Mesquite Grilled Sardines

The catfish in a clay pot, cooked in a mild caramel sauce with onions, however, had a muddy taste that took me back to the time I lived in China, eating fish that tasted more like the river bottom than fish.

Catfish in a Clay Pot

I did however love the flower fragrant lychee iced tea. But that really doesn’t say much for a restaurant when your favorite dish is the beverage.

Ordering misfortunes or over-hyped restaurant? Further investigation is needed to sort this one out.

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2 Responses to SF’s The Slanted Door – Hip or Hype?

  1. karenlac says:

    It’s certainly one of the most popular restaurants in SF…especially with tourists. Growing up eating Vietnamese from hole in the walls though, I just can’t bring myself to spend a lot of money on Vietnamese food!

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