celebrate the kitchen
The design for Slanted Door San Ramon is a coalescence of three ideas –
A response to Renzo Piano’s plan. Our space is one of the two glass boxes that visually “end” the plan of the Piazza. So on the one hand we had the challenge (and opportunity) to design in a space that is transparent on all sides. Restaurants usually hide a lot of program, but in this case we celebrated it. We also wanted to emphasize the transparency from the piazza side, so we used materials with a lot of tonal contrast (blacks and whites) to draw one’s eye without resorting to color, which we felt would have been less in keeping with Piano’s overall pallet.
Celebrate the kitchen; make it the center both functionally and visually. If we need to expose everything then lets really express it. It is the theater, the hearth, the reason for being there.
Limit the materials. Glass, steel, and plaster are all the bones, the structure. Then use oak and Carrera marble to contrast and celebrate the warmth and beauty of the gift that Nature provides us, in design and in food. The charred wood cladding is just our little nod to Charles’ love of live fire cooking.
Chef de Cuisine
Born in Seoul. Dong spent his early years in Korea, but his family soon decided to pursue the American dream by joining his trailblazing grandmother in Atlanta, where she had been living for decades.
Choi studied Biology in college, but despite his arduous attempts to complete his studies, he found his heart was not following the path to the world of medicine his parents had planned for him. Once freed from the classroom, Choi found he was cooking constantly, often calling his mother and grandmother for tips or advice.
With no formal culinary training he has worked building a career working in restaurants spanning James Beard Award winning chef’s including Joel Antunes in Atlanta, Executive Chef for David Myers in his restaurants both in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and abroad in Asia, and with the Michael Mina Group and the Daniel Patterson Group here in the Bay Area. Dong is humbled to find a home with the Slanted Door Group, most recently helping open and run the Rice & Bones restaurant in Berkeley. He is honored to be part of a restaurant group that he feels has helped lead and continually re-define what it means to cook modern Vietnamese and Asian cuisine in the country.
Executive Sous Chef
A Bay Area native who was raised in a household that always welcomed friends and family to the table. That transcended into a restaurant career that started while on break from college. A friend had pushed Bobby to apply for a summertime bartender position and after working a couple of shifts he was hooked. Bartending moved in to management that lead him to various GM positions from the Buffalo Grill in San Mateo to nightclubs in Melbourne Australia. Most recently Bobby was a GM for the David Myers Group in Los Angeles before becoming the GM of The Slanted Door in San Ramon. During his down time, you can find him either on a golf course or on one of the beautiful back roads of the Bay Area on his bike.
Charles Phan and family opened The Slanted Door, a 49-seat restaurant, at its first location in the Mission district. With his innovative approach, The Slanted Door was one of the first Vietnamese restaurants that stood out from other Vietnamese restaurants because of its modern design, open kitchen, small menu, riesling driven wine list categorized by flavor and body, and high quality teas served by the pot.
The restaurant was nationally recognized within a few months after opening. The space became too small. The building was in need of a renovation to accommodate more customers. As a result, Charles moved The Slanted Door to a temporary space in South of Market in 2002. Two years later, The Slanted Door found a new home at the Ferry Building and has been there since 2004.
With many requests to open The Slanted Door in different cities, we always look for the right moment to expand. Charles was drawn to the City Center Bishop Ranch due to the vision of the project and Renzo Piano’s design with a welcoming open space for community.
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