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Worried: Is Jai Yun dying?

J Mackay | Jan 10, 200405:12 PM

It was nice to see a post from 1/07/04 about a recent visit to Jai Yun. But I am still worried.

I was there last night with four others for the $45 menu. We were the only table in the restauarant on a Friday night.

Last time I went, in November, my table was the only one in the restaurant.

When I dined there in October, there was one other table (a two-top).

I can remember when, a year or so ago, eager foodies descended on the spot and then complained that the restaurant was crowded because the secret was out, that the chef started asking for reservations and switched to a prix fixe menu. That the food was slipping.

Every time I've been, the food has been impeccable (that crispy eggplant dish is one of the most incredible preparations of that vegetable I've ever had). It's nice to have the luxury of a brilliant chef cooking only for our table, but he's such a sweet person and so talented. I want his restaurant to survive. But at this rate, I don't see how he can stay in business.

I just can't believe that more people aren't coming to this restaurant. Perhaps people find $40 expensive for a Chinese meal, but it seems to me that, with the diversity and breadth of what you get, it's one of the great deals in the city.

Comfort me. Am I wrong to be worried? Is it packed for lunch? Is this the way this restaurant has been for years? Is Jai Yun okay?


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