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Jai Yun Gripe

SteveG | | Jan 20, 2010 12:36 PM

In general I absolutely love the food at Jai Yun and find it very exciting, but aside from the obvious service gripes there's one thing I just don't get about the food.

Both times I've been, we've been served a diced white fish dish accented by frozen peas and frozen corn. The fish was exceptionally well-seasoned with a delicate and nuanced hand, so much so that I had to focus very carefully only on large pieces to detect that it is probably catfish, but the frozen veggies are just a big turn off. What gives?

One of the later dishes in our recent meal also featured some squash slices, which were far from fresh and actually tasted a bit of rot.

There's also a lot of not very interesting bell pepper pieces here and there in the meal.

What is so strange to me about this is the many small cold plates that open the meal include vibrantly fresh vegetable matter, but some of the stand-bys the chef has been putting out for years that fill in the middle of the progression of dishes have a lot of vegetable junk I would rather do without.

Humorous anecdote about how bad the service is, even by non-Western standards: we were one of two parties in the restaurant and they had already locked the door, yet as I politely held up my teacup to be refilled by the waiter, he turned and gazed out the door, in the process nearly pouring hot tea all over me. No apology.

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