Upscale Vietnamese food with an incredible view of San Francisco Bay: Slanted Door at the San Francisco Ferry Building
With a wall of windows looking onto the Bay and the ferry landing, Slanted Door is a perfect place to enjoy the sun, if there is any. San Francisco is famous for its June Gloom.
No worries, though. Just head over to the Ferry Building on Tuesday or Thursday when the Farmers’ Market is on. This is one of the most famous of its kind, offering an incredible selection of everything delicious that the ocean, bays, pastures, orchards and dairies of the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer.
While there are many worthy places to eat at the Farmers’ Market and inside the Ferry Building, Slanted Door is definitely one of my favorites. The cuisine is gourmet Vietnamese, seasonal and locally sourced. The chef, Charles Phan, has become quite the celebrity. I remember going to his restaurant when it was new…a tiny hole in the wall down in the Mission. There were lines around the block. In a city with this much good food, that says a lot.
Phan has written a cookbook, Vietnamese Home Cooking, if you want to try making his famous Shaking Beef at home.
Today we enjoyed an appetizer of fresh, local uni, their famous BBQ ribs, bok choi with shitake mushrooms and claypot catfish. Oh, and a banana coconut lime sorbet to top it off.
San Francisco, CA at the Ferry Building