Located in Three West Centre right next to Richmond Centre, the largest shopping centre in the area, Kirin Seafood Restaurant offers a wide selection of Cantonese dishes meticulously prepared, served in comfortable surroundings, by attentive staff.
Kirin Seafood Restaurant in Richmond specializes in live seafood prepared in both traditional and exotic styles, shark fin, and abalone. Freshly made Dim Sum is served daily at lunchtime.
Been here a long time ago, seems to have been much improved.
First off, the place is nice, really nice, especially for Chinese dim sum place. Seems a bit better maybe than the Coquitlam one. Even the menus themselves are so beautifully done up.
Service is acceptable. Hardly any of the big Chinese places I've been too are what you call warm and friendly and this is no exception. The restaurant was packed, but I'd still expect a little quicker and more efficient than this. However, that's not saying it's bad. I've just had better. Something to improve on.
The food itself, very good. We had a bunch of the usual standbys and some other interesting stuff. Each of it was quite tasty and usually not too greasy. Though we quite stuffed ourselves, we walked away without feeling really bloated or thirsty. A welcome change from the norm.
We had about 9 people I think, had excellent variety and more than enough to eat (leftovers to pack). Came to about $17 per person including tax and tips. $17 for a good meal at a good restaurant, no complaints there.
Recommended for sure if you want good dimsum in Richmond.
Make reservations for sure if you're going on the weekend, else don't expect to get a seat.
We had guests from out of town who wanted true Chinese Food, not quasi Canadian-Chinese food. Kirin is perfect. We order the set $40/ per person meal which comes with twelve courses. This removes the difficulty of ordering as basically the restaurant has made a selection for you.They have several different set menus you can choose. You get a great variety of authentic Chinese dishes, and lots of food. They pack up the leftovers for you. The restaurant is noisy and service is brisk, but again I think that is very real. Most of us just had tea with our meal, but a few had Chinese beer which compliments the food well.
The Lobster in Black bean sauce was excellent but funny and tricky to eat with chopsticks, still that is half the fun.
Let me qualify this review by firstly saying that Kirin is an excellent restaurant and one of my favorites. I've been to the Richmond location multiple times but this is the first time we had a "casual" dinner here (ie. skipping the sharks fin or other delicacies and just trying a few a la carte dishes with rice). Therefore, this review mainly reflects the casual dinner experience.
We ordered: the cold appetizer platter, pork neck and seasonal veggies, moo shu pork wraps, soup of the day, and veggies in portugese sauce. The cold appie platter consisted of smoked salmon, jelly fish, pork hock and mushroom wrapped in bean curd. Unfortunately, it wasn't as fresh as it should be and not up to par w/ Kirin quality. Other dishes were good. The soup and the complimentary dessert (cold tapioca green tea sweet soup) was the best parts of the meal.
Value: $40 per head after tax and tip
Conclusion: There are many more value-appropriate places in Richmond for casual dinners which will fill you up with tasty eats without breaking the bank. However, no one really does abalone, seafood, shaking beef or other signature dishes like Kirin. If you visit, suggest you only spend money on the good stuff.... the rest of it is just similar to other restaurants.
Food: Dimsum variety is pretty good. they have a good selection and some unique dishes. it is a little bit pricier but worth the quality.
Service: Lots of servers around. not that personable but efficient...which is all u can ask for.
Ambiance: busy. interior decorating is considered quite nice compared to most chinese restaurants. great place to get together with friends or family for dimsum.
Overall: def return for dimsum again...but maybe only for a "special" occasion b/c of the $$ factor. u can park in the parkade and kirin will reimburse you $1.
From brunch to lunch to dinners, they're all prepared with equal precision and taste. Dimsum is consistently good--served fresh and steaming. The dimsum menu changes once in a while to add/remove new/old flavours--experimenting with the staple pork & shrimp dumplings amongst other dishes. Each location varies slightly in taste and method (as you will notice with the steamed pork & shrimp dumpling a.k.a. "siu mai".) It's not necessarily a good thing, as is in the case of the Alberni location for this staple item.
Richmond provides a consistency far better than the other locations in flavour and in crowds. Be sure to make advance reservations especially on the weekends. Dinner hours are not so bad so long as there isn't a banquet or several booked.
The service varies. It used to be superb to the point of impressive. All enthusiastic smiles, quick and friendly and attentive. I've noticed recently, it has not been so. It takes more effort to wave down a server than it used to be when just a quick eye contact and a slight motion would have sufficed. For service, the Alberni location outdoes this one for the time being. It's not bad, but it's not impressive or impressionable anymore. They serve great desserts as well! Absolutely a must! As well as the chicken abalone buns for lunch/brunch, and the seafood dinners must include an order of king crab made 2 or 3 ways. The pricing for that is seasonal and varies from week to week ranging from $15-38/lb and they generally come in 7-8lb upwards as well as the fact that the crab should preferably be in the 10-12lb upwards range for it to offer the best juicy, sweetest experience. Also, if you choose to have it served a certain way, there is also the extra $10-15 charge for the dish itself. All in all, well worth it, and it's a similar method of billing at whichever Chinese seafood restaurant you order from (except in some places you end up losing a few legs and/or an extra lb or 2 added to the scaling).
I like Kirin a lot actually. Before I went, I read some reviews saying it's expensive. I was expecting to spend a lot but it's not as expensive as they say.
I think it's because the unit price for each dish sounds more expensive than other restaurants, but Kirin gives you really good portion, big portion, so you don't end up ordering a lot of small tiny cheap crappy dishes. You only need to oder a few and they definitely fill you up.
The quality of food is really good, very fresh, some dishes are creative. The ambiance is great. Staffs are friendly enough and they just do their jobs, no egos or attitude. The restaurant is really clean and neat. Your seat is not too close to the table next to you, so you got to have a little bit privacy. You can sit comfortably without any stress.
Usually if you only have two people going for dim sum, two of you end up sitting near the restroom or some entrance or corner, lousy location for sure. At Kirin, two people can still get the table next to the big window and enjoy the view. I really like that.
I had a wonderful time at Kirin. Food was great, I was very relaxed and enjoying the view. It's quite pleasant.
By the way, I only went there during weekdays. no waiting, I don't know if it's still the case during weekend.
I went there 2 times and that's it. Although the dimsum is pretty good but they're not worth the price tag. I'd rather go to Dai Tung in Burnaby for a good dimsum or there's a place in Richmond on No. 3 rd in front of Richmond Center, where the TD Bank complex is ($1.88 most dimsum from 8 - 10 am cheap..it used to be $1.68). Let me tell you from (great) 5 - 1 (worse) rating, they score 4 but Daitung is 3.75 (reason is a little inconsistency on food taste day in and out). Kirin prices are probably one the most expensive dimsum you could ever find. Let me tell you how good can a Siu May or Hakkao can be....so .25 different in rating is hardly noticeable unless you're food expert. The only thing that I can give them a better rating is for their creativity in making unique dimsum entree. To some people who can justify a Siu May at more than $4 then this probably is your place.
At this location we've mostly had banquets, but we frequent the New West location for dim sum. At the most recent banquet we had, the service was just too good to not write about. We were in a private room, most of the people were not Chinese and some had never even eaten some of the food served before. We had one lady dedicated to serving us. Not only was she efficient, she was friendly and joked with us also - in English - something of a rarity in a Chinese restaurant. She brought out each dish and explained what it was. The food came quickly and was good, our drinks were always filled, our plates constantly changed. Our server was definitely a star, and made the night even more wonderful.
When the bill came that was when the shock hit - with the dreaded HST tacked on it was quite the hefty bill. Even though we could've gotten a similar menu for cheaper elsewhere, I can't imagine the service being any better.
everytime i dine here, i always try something different because they have so much to offer on the menu.. one of my favourite dishes is the sweet and sour beef tenderloin that is so tasty (a must have!), the meat is soft and flavourful and not filled with fat either.
the service here is more attentive than most oriental restaurants.. they do a decent job of making themselves available by constantly walking around the dining area without having to wait 10 minutes for service like you might encounter with other places.
the dishes do not come cheap. one is looking at a minimum of $15-$20 per plate which may not sound like alot at first but it stacks up quickly when you are ordering 3 or more dishes.
you cant go wrong with kirin... it has always been renowned for being one of the best oriental restaurants around and i completely agree. wonderful choice for great food!
In all honesty...unless you want the line up, loud, poor service, and cheap food style of many other dim sum places...here is the place to be!
Make a reservation on the weekends...its the ONLY way you will get in. The service here is probably one of the best you will ever find in a dim sum restaurant. I travel all over North America for work, and I've frequented Asia in my life, and Kirin is definately up there...maybe not as grand as some other places...but for Vancouver, its the ONLY place i'd reccomend.
The food is always consistently good...the service isn't as good as it used to be when they had their smiley faced pins on their vests, but its still light years beyond many other places. The decor is nice, the place is clean...and the pricing is not unreasonable...go check it out if you haven't tried...
For Westerners, I'd DEFINITELY go here before any other dim sum place...my friends love it here as well!
Went with 4 friends for a Sunday morning dim sum. I little hard to find, hidden upstairs at the mall. Made reservation and we were seated right away. Extremely busy yet servers were attentive.Had rhe usual plates, a couple of specials plus a plate of noodles. Enjoyed everything. Prices are reasonable for the quality. In fact I was surprised by the lower then expected total.Lots of free parking.Very comfortable room. Finally a restaurant that has won many diner awards that actually matched their accolades. My new favourite Dim sum restaurant.
Of all the many places to have dim sum in greater van, this place stands out as one of the top ones. Yes, you'll pay more here than most but you get what you pay for in quality. The items here are very well done, not too greasy and everything is seasoned right. The skin on the dumplings are thin yet do not fall apart, as evident on both the spinach and shrimp dumpling and the crab, shrimp and egg white dumpling. The cow osmasum (if you are into cow inards) with the green onion and ginger sauce featured perfectly cooked cow osmasum and a very flavourful sauce. Another noteworthy item was the walnut paste sweet soup with sesame filled rice flour balls. Very few places offer this particular sweet soup and again, the sweetness was just right and you can taste the walnuts in there. Be prepared to spend a few extra bucks but your taste buds will be rewarded.
our family comes here all the time and we love the dimsum here! definately one of the best dimsum places in greater vancouver. their food is high-quality, clean, and delicious! we love their shrimp dumplings.
service and ambience is what you'd expect from a chinese dimsum place. it's actually better than many of the other dimsum places around town.
try their shrimp dumplings!
The service was excellent [for a Chinese dim sum restaurant] and the restaurant was clean and comfortable. They were courteous, and never rushed us during our dim sum brunch.
The major criticism I have is that their dim sum savoury items tends to be quite heavy on the MSG (the har gow / shrimp dumplings, the "jun joo gie" / little sticky rice wraps in the lotus leaf, and other things). Although I have eaten dim sum at many Chinese restaurants and they all use MSG to some degree, this restaurant made me extra thirsty for the rest of the day and I could not get over how much MSG was added.
Otherwise, if you are immune to MSG, then you would probably not notice and find that the food is great. Flavour-wise, it was awesome!
But I will not be returning due to the amount of MSG -- it was too much for my personal tastes.
we had occasion to attend the Kirin restaurant on 2008 Jan 01.
even on New Year's Day we were seated within a minute upon our arrival (reservations).
our bill of fare included peking duck (served 3 courses), deep fried rock cod with peppery salt and cow yuk (braised pork belly) which was more than adequate for a party of two.
with the exception of the cow yuk (which was overcooked to the point where it was near impossible to pick up the slices of pork without it breaking in half) where the mui choy flavour appeared to be washed out, the food presentation and preparation was to our liking.
the ambience was pleasant and the service both prompt and polite.
the only distraction that we noticed was when a server presented a lobster to another party in a grubby plastic bin.
overall is was an enjoyable experience.
Kirin is one of the Chinese restaurants that are usually consistent, service and food.
Whenever my brother is in town, we always go to Kirin and have some dim sum. We always eat the same dishes. That way I can compare them to other restaurants.
We like the Prawn dumplings, Siu-Mai, Beef Balls, Beef Rice Rolls, Prawn Rice Rolls, Bbq Pork Buns, Deep fried Chicken joints and quality of the tea.
Kirin usually offers off menu creations and many times, these creations are quite delicious. There are many dim sum places in Vancouver. I have a bunch of favourites and Kirin is one of them.
As any other Chinese restaurant, Kirin is noisy, but service is good and prompt. I recommend reserving a table before you go or you will have to wait sometimes for 30 – 45 minutes.
Last time I went there was my aunt 80th birthday. The food was only alright, pretty expected and service was good as usual.
The food was clean, fresh, and really good. The service needs some work. Our waiter was obviously distracted by his other tables and kept looking around while we were placing our order. We found him to be rather abrupt and cold. He made himself rather scarce. Our dishes were brought out by various servers so we would ask for water or condiments and their response was to point a finger at our waiter. But all in all, the food was worth the grief from the servers.
Food: Came here during Dine Out so our choices were a little limited. My boyfriend and I both went with the hot and sour soup which was a little disappointing. It was plenty sour and that was about it. Definitely wasn't spicy enough. The cold platter made up for the soup though... the smoked salmon was delicious and there was a generous helping of jelly fish on both our plates. I ordered the creamy lobster with e-fu noodles (one of my most favourite Chinese dishses). This was a little disappointing as there wasn't really enough sauce and it was a little bland. My boyfriend ordered the beef cubes with black pepper sauce and that was very well done. You can tell that they heat up the wok to a very high temperature before cooking the food so that it seals in the flavour and the meat's juices. For dessert, I had the chef's special pudding, which was chrysthanthemum flavoured jello and green tea pudding. The green tea pudding was way better than the jello. My boyfriend had the chilled coconut tapioca soup which was pretty good, although it could probably use a little more coconut flavour.
Service: VERY attentive service from our waitress. She explained every thing on the menu and was close by for most of our meal to make sure we were doing ok. When the restaurant got busier at the end of our meal and she was busy with another table, another waiter helped us but he messed up our dessert order. As soon as our waitress saw that, she rushed over and made sure to have everything straightened out for us. Very rare to have such great service from a Chinese restaurant!
Value: We got a pretty good deal for our meal, but it might be because we came during Dine Out as I know that Kirin is typically a fairly pricey restaurant. However, I think it was worth it as we had enjoyed our meal.
Ambiance: I've been to Kirin a few years back and it looks exactly the same as before. However, it's still very beautiful and looks well kept.
Overall, an excellent experience at Kirin. Would love to go back and try their dimsum again.
We have been to Kirin several times now and it has always been excellent.I am not a well off guy , but it is so worth it for the food itself, plus the service is great and the restaurant is very classy and clean.I wish we could afford to eat there everyday.It is just the best Chinese food we have ever had..Everything is so fresh and tasty and I honestly don't think anyone could ever walk away disappointed from there.
My family and I are frequent customers of the Kirin restaurants around town. We enjoy the food there and usually, the service is very good. However, we had recently been to Kirin for a family dinner and experienced very poor service. We had ordered a cold platter to start with at the beginning of the meal. When the waiter took our order, he suggested that we make that a half order since we only had 6 people. In the description of the cold platter, there was a variety of cold appetizers but the one we were looking forward to was the free range chicken.
When the cold platter arrived, they had everything on the plate except for the chicken. We were confused as to why that was missing, so we asked our waiter. He told us that since we were ordering the half order, they didn't put the chicken on. We were quite upset at this point, as we found the chicken to be the selling point of the dish and our waiter had not mentioned that the chicken would not be a part of a half order. If he had told us ahead of time, we would not have even ordered the cold platter.
Also, the other thing about our restaurant experience was that they rushed all of our plates to come out quite quickly. We understood that we were there on a particularly busy night, however, we wanted to enjoy our meal rather than being rushed out of there in order for them to serve the second sitting of guests. We had even asked our waiter twice to hold the next plate of food that was to be served, but 2 minutes later, it arrived at our table.
When we spoke to the manager at the end of the meal, he was very defensive about the missing chicken for the cold platter and the fact that we were being rushed. His response to us for being rushed was that we shouldn't have come to dinner on such a busy night!
We were shocked at the poor service from this restaurant. Not only because we had been there many times before, but because they were completely unprofessional about the situation. Their food may be good, but their service was lacking.