Curious about the state of Jai Yun after some downhill alerts, six of us met last night to see for ourselves. Our meal was really delicious -- perhaps even better than last summer's Chowdown, and unlike that event, there was plenty of food for us all. We didn't take notes or have a designated reporter, so I'm posting this description of our "appetizers" with the hope that others will add their impressions.
Tables select a price-per-diner, and the chef chooses courses and ingredients based on the price point. We didn't know more than that, so our decision to spend $50/person was based on financial rather than culinary information.
We started with eleven cold dishes, which were all really good. My favorites were the jellyfish, spicy cubes of fish and pine nuts, and spicy, pickled cabbage (let's call it kimchee). We also had some kind of cooked green with diced, smoked tofu; red peanuts; five-spice beef; vegetarian duck or goose; poached (?) duck; edamame/soybeans cooked in some kind of wine; lotus root...and two more that I can't remember.
Okay, time to chime in Paul, Bryan, Jane, Felice, and Scott...