Sunday, September 27, 2009

Happily Shaking to Shaking Beef from Slanted Door

I purposely made a 9pm reservation on a Tuesday to avoid the heaps of people at Slanted Door every single day. Parking at the embarcadero took, oh, but 5 mins. I skipped across the street at the green light anticipating dinner because I was starving and I to (hopefully) consume a shaking beef (bo luc lac) dish that will finally complete me. (ok, I'm a drama queen.)

Slanted DoorAs I geared closer to the restaurant door I hear rumblings of chatter, the bar area is packed to the gills, the host area is hosting a mountain of luggage, and servers are bouncing back and forth from the kitchen with dishes. So. Slanted door is packed every single hour too.







Slanted Door - live atlantic sea scallop  with golden caviar and lime-cilantro vinaigretteI started the night with the $13 live Atlantic sea scallop with golden caviar and lime-cilantro vinaigrette, so fresh I can almost feel the throbbing scallops between my chopsticks, sweet and tender. The lime-cilantro vinaigrette made the dish, cool, tangy, freshly fragrant, I could drizzle it on all sorts of seafood. I was sad the dish was finished so quickly.

Slanted Door - live atlantic sea scallop  with golden caviar and lime-cilantro vinaigrette

I enjoy raw beef whether it is tartare or carpaccio style I will order it from a menu. I could see my $12 Prather ranch beef carpaccio with roasted peanuts, rau ram and fresh lime juice from afar making its way to my table. The plate was overrun with two large pieces of black sesame seed shrimp-like crackers. The beef was pounded flat, a little too grisly and bland.

Slanted Door - prather ranch beef carpaccio  with roasted peanuts, rau ram and fresh lime juiceSlanted Door - prather ranch beef carpaccio  with roasted peanuts, rau ram and fresh lime juice

Who doesn't love hoisin sauce - sweet, tangy, rich and a beautifulyl glazed sheen. The $13 barbecued willis ranch pork spareribs with honey-hoisin sauce is about half of a slab and smothered heavy with hoisin. The sauce was a little too salty, almost with a bitter quality. The pork easily peeled off the bone without any effort. True to San Francisco style, each of the dishes will give the name of where the ingredients came from.

Slanted Door -barbecued willis ranch pork spareribs  with honey-hoisin sauce

The dish I've been waiting for and #7 on The Big Eats 100 List, Niman ranch shaking beef cubed filet mignon, sausalito springs' watercress, red onions and lime sauce. Slanted Door does the dish right by serving it with watercress and sauteed onions. The dish is priced at $29, twice or even three times more than a local Vietnamese joint but it is quality. The meat is seared to a caramelized crust on all sides and still retained a pink color inside. Of course with filet mignon the beef is very tender, juicy and flavorful. The lime sauce is an additional bonus to this savory dish, Phan's shaking beef did complete me...

Slanted Door - niman ranch shaking beef  cubed filet mignon, sausalito springs' watercress, red onions and lime sauce

Slanted Door - vegetarian glass noodles  with tofu skin, black trumpet and oyster mushroomsWe continued the night with the $10 vegetarian glass noodles with tofu skin, black trumpet and oyster mushrooms. My mom makes this dish every Chinese New Year when we eat vegetarian for a day. The noodles are still bouncy but it's the flavor that reminds me of Chinese New Year.






Slanted Door -catalan farm white corn  with green onions and chanterelle mushroomsThe server surprised us with the $11 catalan farm white corn with green onions and chanterelle mushrooms, he recommended the dish but we passed in lieu of the noodles. He brought it to our table anyways "on the house" a nice gesture and a big thank you. The corn was naturally sweet with a "poppy" crunch and bits of dry sauteed mushrooms and a sprinkle of green onions to pick up the corn.





Slanted Door - browned butter pound cakeI ended the night with the $9 browned butter pound cake, vanilla ice cream and macerated raspberries. A standard dessert with something sweet to end the meal.










Slanted Door - Hong Kong milk teaSlanted Door - Hong Kong milk tea

Slanted Door - Hong Kong milk teaBeside the amazing shaking beef the I'm-still-dreaming item is the $5 Hong Kong hot milk tea with condensed milk. The tea is served in a blue ornate ceramic teapot with tea leaves still in the pot. The tea was rich and silky - silky like when you run your fingers through an expensive sheet of silk. I discussed the milk tea with KK from Chow. He told me it is as good if not better than Lan Fong Yuen milk tea from Hong (the birthplace of milk tea.) I searched for Lan Fong Yen milk tea and came across www.appetiteforchina.com blog and found a link to Lan Fong Yen's technique of making a perfect cup of HK milk tea.

Slanted Door
1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 861-8032
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2 comments:

Ravenous Couple said...

thanks for visiting out blog so that we could discover yours! we've been to SF many times but never had the desire to go to slanted door...i guess the $29 price tag for bo luc lac and that rather lackluster bo tai chanh just reinforces it :)

Erika said...

Ohmigosh this looks SO good. Take it from the pickiest eater on the planet, I do not always say that - yet even I want to try those spare ribs. And the browned butter pound cake...I need it. NOW!! :)

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