One of my favorite San Francisco restaurants is The Slanted Door. It is located at the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero. Some friends and I had dinner there last night. We ordered some of the things that have made the Slanted Door so popular – Shaking beef, grapefruit and jicama salad & the daikon rice cakes. Those things have been on the menu and continually consistent since the restaurants opening in 1995. One of the newer items on the menu is the – stir fried organic chicken with gingko nuts, raisins, walnuts and cashews. This dish stood out as one of our new favorites – and hopefully soon to be classics on their menu. The chicken was cooked perfectly – though it was the nuts that really shined here. Especially the gingko nuts which look like overgrown pine nuts but have the texture of a chestnut. Though it is said that they are poisonous if over consumed – not one of them was left on any of our plates. One of my guests pointed out that it could be the perfect vegetarian dish minus the chicken. We had a great time with the sommelier who suggested a very masculine labeled bottle of riesling for the four fruitcakes sitting in the booth. The Müller-catoir 2008, was really awesome – complimenting the wide variety of dishes we ordered. We had a great array of desserts to cap off dinner and we finished them all – but the classic creme brulee by pastry chef Chucky Dugo really stood out.
The night walk along the San Francisco Bay – could not have been better this evening. I love San Francisco.