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Jan 14, 2009 07:00 PM

Bund Shanghai restaurant [San Francisco]

The former New Jackson Cafe space at 640 Jackson is now finishing renovation and will become Bund Shanghai. The decor looks sleek and modern. No menu was available. A nearby restaurant owner said that the owners of Bund recently moved here from Shanghai. A sign said it's opening this month. Anyone have more info?

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  1. Sounds promising! It will be nice to have a Shanghai restaurant closer to downtown.

      1. Shanghai food in Chinatown--what an idea! But I wonder how the Associations let that happen?

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        1. re: Chandavkl

          Wouldn't be without precedent, what with Meilong Village/DPD at Jackson & Kearny in the past, and Star Lunch across the street, But I would have thought that 640 Jackson was safely in Cantonese hands. Who knows, the original Jackson Cafe was almost a daily ritual for me in the early '60s, maybe the wheel of fortune has come all the way around.

          1. re: Xiao Yang

            And it was at least once a week for me. I sat at the counter. Wonder if the new place will have counter dining?

            1. re: Sharuf

              The counter went out long ago. Not many counters left in Chinatown.

        2. Well that is good news...I feel a Chowdown coming on! How long shall we give them to get their act together before we descend en masse!???

          1. I couldn't rest until I checked out this eventuality (Shanghainese food within walking distance of home, that's a wet dream for me) and it appears to be the real deal. I managed to corral a couple of Shanghainese "lao taipos" (matrons) coming out of the place and interrogated them. They spoke less English than I do Shanghainese, but we managed to communicate (and I wowed them with my Shanghai hua). They plan to open on January 31, and yes, they will have xiao long bao, yes sheng jian bao, yes youtiao, yes dou jiang, yes red-cooked pork belly... and there I stopped, lest I break down and cry.

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            1. re: Xiao Yang

              But XY, I thought you got all the Shanghai food you wanted at home! Has Mrs. Y stopped cooking?

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                She doesn't do lunch.. no XLB, shengjian bao, you tiao, doujiang, cifan gao, luobosi bing, etc.