San Francisco-based chef Charles Phan kept eager diners on hold for nearly three years with the opening of The Slanted Door at the Forum Shops at Caesars. Now on March 2, diners can finally explore the Vietnamese menu of favorites and Las Vegas exclusives at Phan’s first restaurant outside the Bay Area.
The menu includes spring rolls made with Gulf shrimp, pork, mint, shallot mayonnaise, and peanut sauce; crispy Imperial rolls stuffed with Gulf shrimp, pork shoulder, vermicelli noodles, and roasted peanut; and the must-order shaking beef featuring cubed filet mignon, watercress, red onion, and lime sauce. Phan once told The New York Times that he sometimes sells 60 orders of it a night in San Francisco.
Las Vegas chef de cuisine Lanny Chin promises exclusives on the menu as well.
The Slanted Door also reflects Phan’s love of whiskey with cocktails such as his favorite drink made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Angostura and orange bitters, gomme syrup, and orange peel. Other cocktails include The Dorchester made with Beefeater gin, lime, maraschino, and organic grapefruit and the Ginger Limeade with Hangar One kaffir lime vodka, ginger, and lime.
Phan won the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: Pacific in 2004 and Outstanding Restaurant in 2014. Phan wrote two cookbooks: Vietnamese Home Cooking and The Slanted Door. The original Slanted Door opened in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1995.
The restaurant at the front of the Forum Shops at Caesars plans to serve dinner nightly at 5:30 p.m.
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