Food: For cold appetizer or platter, I ask for choices and portions. My favourites on the fresh-from-the-tank seafood are the Alaska King Crab (seasonal), rock cod, crab, lobster, and my new discovery of the sautéed prawn with dry scallop/deep fried vegetable leaves. I also enjoy their soup of the day, crispy chicken, Peking duck, seasonable vegetables, etc. (Their made-in-house sauce compliments the appetizers/entrée to a sumptuous level!) For a party of 4 or more guests, I always make special requests (to pre order) for double boiled whole winter melon with assorted seafood and meat, fried rice wrapped in lotus leaf; and the baked tapioca pudding. For dim sum, Kirin has a wide variety of superb traditional and creative new dim sum items. For dessert, it is my delight to enjoy the doubled boiled milk with ginger juice, and the egg custard tarts.
Service: The receptionists make great efforts to streamline the customers to their tables with little to no waiting time. (My suggestion - don’t forget to make reservation.) The menu(s) have extensive lists of different dishes. (Don’t forget to ask about the “Weekly Special.”) The waiters/waitresses are always ready to assist for selections. The chefs will also make changes in the ingredients to accommodate customers’ taste buds e.g. I prefer not so spicy dish. The bottom line - to dine in pleasure.
Value: In my opinion, it is the quality of the food, the attentive service, the chefs’ culinary inspiration, and the management of the restaurant that make this such a wonderful dining experience. Therefore, in monetary value, Kirin is most worthy of their prices. I also measure their success in business - dedication to emphasizing the best of the Asian cuisine, and accommodation of the wishes of their customers.
Ambiance: Unique reception area - small display of Asian artifacts and wide range of awards to Kirin, (especially the impressive 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. from Vancouver Magazine) Spacious dining hall - with floor-to-ceiling windows, chandelier, plentiful of ceiling lights and pendant lights for maximize brightness. The tables have cozy settings and ample room around each other.