This post originally ran in 2009 and I have since been back for another great meal. I will have to say it was a little more difficult with four people at the table, each with their own dietary needs. But I had a great meal and the view is amazing.
The Slanted Door is a modern Vietnamese restaurant located in the Ferry Building overlooking the San Francisco Bay. They showcase produce and ecologically farmed meat, game and poultry from the farms surrounding the San Francisco Bay area. After touring the markets in the Ferry Building, Shirley Braden (Gluten Free Easily) and I were hungry. The restaurant opens at 11am and luckily we were there right at that time and could be seated. The restaurant quickly filled up. We were looking for a good gluten free meal.
Besides gluten and dairy, I can’t eat rice. This cut down on my options but if all you were concerned with was gluten, there would be a lot of options here. Their lunch menu is extensive and the dinner menu looked amazing. If you are looking for a place to eat with lots of vegetarian options then this is the place for you.
Since I was still adjusting to the 3 hour time difference, I was really hungry. Our server was very knowledgeable about the ingredients in their dishes, steering us away from anything with soy sauce (contains gluten). We were even on a tight schedule and they were able to help us choose a dish and bring us our meal fast.
After careful consideration, I ordered the Lemongrass Chicken. Wow! The taste party that was going on in mouth was fantastic. The dish contained the chicken and lemongrass obviously, but there was also red onions, scallions, jalapenos, and red chilies mixed with a little fish sauce and a sate paste. A sate paste contains garlic, dried red chilies, curry powder, peanuts and oil. There really was not much heat unless you ate the red chilies and boy were they hot. It was so good I could have eaten another dish full. Good thing we didn’t have time or I would have been breathing fire. Well I guess I could not eat the peppers, but they tasted so good with the dish.
I wish we could have had time to come back for dinner to this restaurant. It was a great experience and the food was outstanding. I can’t wait for my next visit and Go Back!