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Jun 15, 2009 02:04 PM

Jai Yun Open For Lunch

This was buried in a long thread on a more general topic so I thought I'd highlight it here. Jai Yun on Clay St. is open for lunch. It's $9 and you get two hot items and two cold items of the master chef's choosing. That actually sounded like too much food for me at the time, so I passed on it. But reports are always welcomed.

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  1. Is the $9 pricing at lunch something new? Looking at recent Yelp reports, the least expensive lunch set is $18.

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    1. re: lmarie

      That's what the waitress told me last Thursday, albeit in broken English.

      1. re: Chandavkl

        Earlier this month lunch prices were $25, $35 and $55 or so. I don't remember exactly, but no $18 option.

    2. I had a chance to ask Chef Nei more about this on Saturday via a translator in our group. Lunch is M-F, no reservations required. Pricing is $18, $25, or $35 per person. The number of courses will depend on the number in the party. For example, he said that a party of 2 would probably be served two cold dishes and two hot dishes. A larger party would receive more courses.

      Jai Yun
      680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      1. I had a solo lunch at Jai Yun this afternoon. Just walked in a little after 12 pm without a reservation and was the first patron. The choices were $9, $18, $25 and $30 something. Picked the $18 option and got about 9 or 10 plates. For the hour I was there, about 8 or 9 lunchers came in and most got 4 or 5 plates which may have been the $9 ticket. Highlights of my lunch were tender sliced abalone with egg white garnished with a sprig of cilantro and half a maraschino cherry, spicy eggplant with ginger and caramelized with sugar, sautéed shrimp, soy beans with veggie and noodles, pickled cucumber, spicy slices of beef and a few other plates. Each dish showed a deft touch and for my first visit, I thought that it was remarkable.

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        1. re: zippo

          This is very good news - as I was told I couldn't dine as a solo for dinner - now just have to find a way to get there for lunch.

          1. re: estnet

            For lunch, it would be a good idea to call first before hand. We've been there twice during the week and the restaurant was closed. We were so disappointed...

            I can't wait! We're going for dinner this Sunday.

            1. re: topcatwawa

              We loved our $18 lunch at Jai Yun so much in November we are considering returning when we come back in March. Does anyone know if they are still doing lunch Mon to Fri? Still no resos required but best to call ahead to ensure they are open per topcatwawa above's tip?

              1. re: grayelf

                bumping this up in hopes that someone will answer grayelf's question. also, can you use the certificates for lunch?

                1. re: Produce Addict

                  I did some more research and found that per their listing on Jai Yun is only open Mon Tues Wed and Fri for lunch (though I note that Chandavkl went on a Thursday above so quien sabe?); still haven't confirmed that it can be used at lunch but it doesn't say otherwise on it, and there are A LOT of instructions, so you'd think it would :-). It expires one year from the purchase date except in California, so if we aren't able to use it this trip, I will keep it for next. Thanks to the generous 'Hound who contacted me off line and sent it out to Vancouver!