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
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."