Located in City Square right across from City Hall, Kirin Seafood Restaurant on Cambie offers a refreshing dining experience: a wide selection of Cantonese dishes meticulously prepared, served in an elegant surrounding, with attentive service.
Kirin Seafood Restaurant on Cambie specializes in live seafood prepared in both traditional and exotic styles, shark fin, and abalone. Freshly made Dim Sum is served daily during lunch hour.
We had visitors in town and decided on this restaurant based on location/parking and quality of food. We phoned ahead a made reservations for 10. we did not have to wait for a table once we arrived which was nice. Ordered from the menu and everything was good and fresh. Shrimp dumplings, Siu Mai, etc. Service was pretty good. They came back to change our plates during the meal. Our rice steamed rolls with beef looked half cooked and they gladly took back and cancelled the order. Total bill came ot $95+ tip not too bad for Kirin I think.
Overall nice place for a dim sum if you are in Vancouver. Must make reservations tho....huge lineups by 11:45. Don't forget to get your parking validated for free 2 hr.
We went there for dinner tonight. The food was very ordinary. If Kirin is a high-end restaurant, then I shudder to think what is average. Kirin does not live up to its reputation of fine chinese eating - the food was average at best. At almost $20 per dish, I had better elswhere for far less. The restaurant was busy and the service was bad.
The shocker today was that there was no free dessert - not even the obligatory red bean soup.. We had to order it - a serving of six was $12.50. I don't understand why I had to pay for it when the other restaurants all serve the house dessert for free.
Don't think we're heading back that way.
This was the first time and the last for a dinner in this restaurant. Lobster and geoduck was good but not outstanding. Abalone was well done but it was too small for the dish (30% bigger should do it for presentation purposes). Shark fin soup had too much of thickening (corn starch with water). Stir fried greens didn't do it (greens were old) and the rest was average. Core services (serving) was good but we got kind of snubbed by the attendant. Maybe my guests (table for 9 with two kids) was not the ideal type of customer for that place and they don't speak the HK-cantonese dialect correctly. An expensive place like there should treat anyone correctly. Ambiance is great, but please try to have a set of cutlery that doesn't have a common swedish trademark on it (hint: starts with the letter "I"). Expensive indeed.
Only been here a couple times but very nice and unique variety of dimsums. Abalone, mushrooms, and other lovely sauces uniquely are interwoven within the dimsum or on the side. The hot sauce is nice too! Service is always great and there is a lovely view of the mountains by the big windows as it is on the top floor of a mall. You get hot towels too at the end. Good value for the awesome varieties on the menu.
This is a great place to have a relaxing dim sum. Fresh ingredients, attentive staff, overall great quality. I would recommend their spicy deep fried squid, har gow, and steamed abalone chicken buns. Dinner is also great with the Peking duck and crispy noodle seafood chow mein.
Parking is free for the first 2 hours; be sure to bring your ticket to be validated. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Chinatown or Richmond and have great Chinese food, Kirin restaurants will not disappoint. I noticed several awards on their walls while waiting. It's no wonder they are one of the top Chinese food restaurants in the city. Also try Kirin Alberni which I love, love, love!
I have been to all their branches. Among all 4, the Cambie branch is the best in terms of food and service. I am a regular at this branch because I get to look out the window to enjoy the mountain view while eating! There aren't as many dim sum as Sun Sui Wah's but qualities are similar. Their congee is a little liquidy and bland. Other than that, everything else is wonderful!