Statue at The Slanted Door

The Slanted Door – Modern Vietnamese Food in San Francisco

In Restaurants, West by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch1 Comment

Traveling presents many learning opportunities.  One thing that we learned in France with our epic dinner at Maison Lameloise is not to eat too much for lunch when you’re having dinner at a three-star Michelin restaurant.  We also know that it doesn’t make sense to starve all day and arrive for dinner too hungry.  That’s how we ended up having a light, flavorful lunch of modern Vietnamese food at The Slanted Door. After a relaxing morning in our comfortable room at the Triton, we were ready to leave the hotel.  After a quick detour to Nordstrom, we walked a mile or so to the Ferry Building.

Ferry Building San Francisco

Ferry Building

We ambled through the marketplace to see what was new from our last visit, but we didn’t graze despite tempting food at favorites like Acme Bread, Cowgirl Creamery and Boccalone Salumeria.  Our goal was a light lunch with no grazing.  Of course, we had to get some coffee from Blue Bottle, but that doesn’t count as grazing.

Blue Bottle Coffee Company Ferry Building San Francisco

Blue Bottle Coffee Company

The Slanted Door is a perfect place to enjoy a light lunch.  (To be clear, the lunch was light in quantity but not light in flavor.)  Upon arriving at the popular restaurant without a reservation, we were quickly seated at the comfortable bar.

Bar at The Slanted Door San Francisco

Bar at The Slanted Door

As we perused the menu, the server thoughtfully poured our coffee into proper mugs from the Blue Bottle to-go cups.

Blue Bottle Coffee in a Slanted Door Mug San Francisco

Blue Bottle Coffee in a Slanted Door Mug

Food at The Slanted Door

We kicked off the light meal by sharing a stomach-conditioning green papaya salad, which was served with pickled carrots, rau ram (a Vietnamese herb), crispy shallots and roasted peanuts.

Green Papaya Salad with Pickled Carrots, Rau Ram, Crispy Shallots and Roasted Peanuts Slanted Door San Francisco

Green Papaya Salad with Pickled Carrots, Rau Ram, Crispy Shallots and Roasted Peanuts

We finished the light meal by sharing a noodle dish.  We chose the noodle dish that features grilled pork meatballs and pork loin with rice vermicelli noodles, an imperial roll, cucumber, mint and peanuts.

Grilled Pork Meatballs & Pork Loin, Rice Vermicelli Noodles, Imperial Roll, Cucumber, Mint and Peanuts Slanted Door San Francisco

Grilled Pork Meatballs & Pork Loin, Rice Vermicelli Noodles, Imperial Roll, Cucumber, Mint and Peanuts

This noodle dish is not to be missed.  The ingredients were all spot on.  For us, the dish’s highlight was the pork meatballs which were perfectly charred on the outside and had a rich, savory pork flavor on the inside.  Before long, the dish was gone.

Bottom of the Plate Slanted Door San Francisco

Bottom of the Plate

We thoroughly enjoyed the light meal and will definitely return for a full meal the next time that we’re in San Francisco.  Plus, the view doesn’t suck.

View from the Ferry Building San Francisco

View from the Ferry Building

We left the Ferry Building and headed to Napa Valley.  We took a slightly longer route so that we could go over the Golden Gate Bridge.  The view of this bridge is always breathtaking, even in the fog.

Approaching the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Approaching the Golden Gate Bridge

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge

Before we knew it, we reached our destination, the Oleander House B&B in Yountville.  We had just enough time to relax and refresh before heading over to the The French Laundry for dinner.  A memorable dining experience was waiting, and our stomachs were ready.

The Slanted Door is located at 1 Sausalito – San Francisco Ferry Building #3,  San Francisco, CA 94111, USA.

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Comments

  1. Welcome to San Francisco! Hope you enjoyed it! Nice you guys scored a reservation at French Laundry. I’ve lived in the Bay Area my whole life and haven’t had the pleasure yet. I’ve tried to get reservations (not very diligently) but haven’t been successful. One day 🙂

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