Summary: Kirin Seafood Restaurant is highly regarded as the best Chinese restaurant in Vancouver by many publications, and it's not hard to see why. This place is an upscale restaurant, and thus it is quite expensive, but the food does the hefty price justice.
Food: I absolutely enjoyed their king crab with the fettuciini noodles with alfredo sauce. It was a very enjoyable dish. But we also had the king crab with ginger which was too bland for my taste. The one with noodle was far more superior. They give you lots of seafood, and it tastes authentic. You can tell it's not the fake stuff. Sometimes, their dishes were spicy and unusually so. For example, the cucumber was slightly spicy and while it was still enjoyable, I found the flavour quite peculiar. Their fish maw soup was very good. They gave you one big piece of fish maw, rather than small pieces of the fish maw. The hotpot is very good but they the portions are too small. The cod was amazing. For dessert, their red bean soup did not taste like it was made from a store-bought package. You haven't tasted authentic Chinese food until you've gone to Kirin. Obviously, no restaurant in Vancouver will ever be able to perfectly emulate the food from restaurants in China, but Kirin comes awfully close.
Service: The service here is commendable. They do a great job of entertaining you, informing you of what they reccomend you order, etc. Basically, you feel like you're being pampered. Our waiters were so friendly and funny. They delivered our food with manners and took away our plates when they saw we were finished with our food, unlike other restaurants where they take away your plate before you get to chance to finish.
Value: This place is quite expensive. To speak blantantly, the food does justify the price. But for somebody who prefers quantity over quality, you should probably skip this restaurant. We had a group of 8 people, and we ordered roughly 10 dishes and I was still hungry by the end of last course. Luckily, what little food they do give you is exceptional and like I said, authentic and not cheap, immitation stuff, especially in regards to the seafood like abalone. Plus this is an upscale restaurant, so I can't complain too much.
Ambiance: This place is so elegant and beautiful. Plus it's situated right next to a casino, so that when you are done eating you can maybe play a bit of blackjack. Anyway, the place is very nicely lit and so quiet (but still crowded) and spacious. There's a bar and a resting area. The washrooms are so nice and very, very clean. Actually, the whole restaurant is very, very clean. There's a chopstick rest for your chopsticks. This place looks and feels amazing.
Overall, this place is highly reccomended. If money is no object to you, there is a 90 percent chance that you will find some semblance of enjoyment and satisfaction in Kirin.