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Jan 20, 2013 03:46 AM

JAI YUN [San Francisco]

Anyone been to Jai Yun lately? Is it still as good as the past posts I have read?

i read that lunch is significantly cheaper than dinner. Do you get the same dishes at lunch or would I get a better although more expensive meal at dinner? I don't have a problem spending more if I am going to have a better experience. After all I'll be on vacation. But if I can get the exact same meal at lunch for $20 that I would get for $50 at dinner then I obviously would choose lunch

Where I live in the Virgin Islands, our Chinese restaurants consist of only very mediocre Cantonese.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. They're currently doing lunch only for groups of ten or more.

    7 Replies
    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks for the update Robert. I guess that eliminates me.

      I've read good reviews on Sichuan Home. Mission Chinese has an interesting menu but it seems to get mixed reviews.

      I'm looking for a Chinese restaurant that puts out high quality dishes regardless of the regional cuisine it serves and I'm doing dim sum another day.

      Thanks again

      1. re: tatuaje68

        IMO, you're not missing too much (though it seems to be popular)... I feel exactly the same way about it as the OP here:

        Are you limited to SF proper, or are you looking at surrounding areas as well?

        1. re: mr_darcy

          I'm looking for SF proper. In fact, for Sichuan Z&Y is more convenient for me as my hotel is at Union Square but I am willing to travel to Richmond or elsewhere in SF if I can get better.

          Hakka seems to get good reviews for Hakka style food and I'm willing to travel to Outer Richmond.

          If there is a place within Chinatown where I can get a fabulous meal I would be interested.

          1. re: tatuaje68

            Great Eastern, good enough for Obama and more importantly Melanie

            1. re: tatuaje68

              Got it - I personally like R&G Lounge (not sure if you were more interested in non-Cantonese retaurants though - if that's the case, perhaps Hakka would be less interesting).

              You might look into Beijing Restaurant for northern food - haven't been there in a few years, but it was good when I went.

          2. re: tatuaje68

            I had a very disappointing meal at Sichuan Home a few months ago. I don't think there have been any reports since that made me want to return. I would choose Z&Y instead if you want Sichuan.

            1. re: hyperbowler

              If you don't have good Sichuan where you live, you'll prolly be blown away by Z&Y. We're kinda spoiled for spicy in Vancouver and I still liked it a lot, some dishes better than others. Worthwhile doing a search of what things people on this uber-helpful-to-tourists board recommend, especially if you can only order a few dishes. Might as well get the greatest hits!

              FWIW I thought the lunch at Jai Yun was outstanding and a great value (we went three times). I have a fantasy about getting 8 other CHs together and doing a lunch chowdown there one of these visits.