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We always thought that Kirin was Japanese, not Chinese, but there are two Chinese restaurants in Vancouver with that name. We checked out the Kirin Mandarin and had a very good mandarin style meal.

Unfortunately, that was it - a very good meal - not a fantastic meal. We greatly enjoyed the Peking duck, and the flavor of the duck meat in the duck meat dish was set off nicely by the carrots and onions and shrimp chip noodles. The scallops in black bean sauce were duly tasty, the kung pao chicken spicy, and the sliced pork hock succulent, but we wanted more.

The food was competent, in fact, quite competent, but there was a certain something lacking, that zest that has one reeling from dish to dish saying, "just one dish more."

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