Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

September 15, 2008 12:50 AM

Restaurant: The Slanted Door

The Slanted Door

1 Ferry Building #3
San Francisco, California 94111
Fax 415-861-8329
This 175 seat restaurant describes itself as Vietnamese, but is probably better described as Pan Asian.

There were 5 of us at lunch, Jay, Rita, Simma, Ron and me. We shared 6 dishes, several of the dishes in multiple servings: chilled Galapagos shrimp; crispy imperial rolls with shrimp, pork, glass noodles and peanuts; barbecued Niman Ranch pork spareribs with honey Hoisin sauce; grapefruit and jicama salad with red cabbage, pickled carrots and candied pecans; Niman Ranch shaking beef cubed filet mignon, Sausalie Springs watercress, red onions and lime dipping sauce; and chicken claypot with caramel sauce, chilies and fresh ginger. Jay alone also enjoyed a shrimp and pork wonton soup with five sliced pork and egg noodles.

All in all, a relatively light (except for the ribs), but filling meal.

Again we passed on dessert, although I was particularly drawn to a couple of the offerings: Chocolate pudding cake with caramel sauce and whipped creme fraiche, and Cardamon rice pudding with wilted muscat and summer royal grapes.

If you are a lemonade fan, do not pass up the freshly made lemonade. It is served from a carafe that is left at the table.

If at all possible try for one of the booths that overlook the harbor. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlook the Golden Gate Bridge, the ferry landings, and on a nice day a skyline filled with sails.

The restroom is unisex to the extreme. On one side is a long sink and mirror to be used by women and men alike, and on the other side of the room a series of individual, fully-enclosed rooms, each with a single white ceramic commode.

While you are at it, take a stroll through the rest of the peer. There are a variety of interesting shops vending fresh and prepared foods and other related products. On Saturdays, there is an outdoor farmers' market of excellent composition.

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