Many reviews have stated that Kirin is an upper class Chinese restaurant where they are known for tasty seafood dishes. Based on those reviews we decided to try out Kirin - Cambie for Mother's Day. What a horrible mistake! We would've done better going to a won ton joint.
As with protocol, we made reservations to ensure a table especially on a special occasion. We were seated at a location near windows, which was nice; tea arrived and our order taken. Then everything went downhill from there.
With regards to the dishes - the Peking duck for the lettuce wrap was dry. We've had much tastier at other restaurants. I realize that abalone is not cheap but we did order a dish. The abalone was sliced so thinly and came with very few pieces (5) that it was so not worth the money. Again, we've had better and more pieces from other seafood restaurants, which is far less expensive.
Othen than the dishes being served to us, we were ignored the whole time we were there. What "attentive service"? We were a mixed table of Asian and non-Asian patrons. At the end of the meal, because we were being ignored, we could have walked out of the restaurant without paying our bill and the staff would not have noticed. Due to the multi-layers of service and no one noticing us, it took forever to get someone to give us a bill. For example, we finally asked a bus person for the bill. He in turn had to ask the waiter, who asked another person in a suit, who finally brought us the bill. This was a typical night in a Chinese restaurant so they couldn't have been any more busy than usual. To add insult to injury, this was Mother's Day and every table (be it large or small tables) around us who had Mothers, received a small gift from the restaurant with their bill. When our bill arrived, the Mothers at our table did not receive anything! What's up with that!
Ambience: while the restaurant was clean, the restrooms are so not.
In the end, we are never going there again. While the food was passable, the service was totally non-existent. Kirin - Cambie gets a thumbs down from us.