Kirin Seafood Restaurant 玉麒麟海鮮酒家

Date Visited: August 3 2014
Address: City Square 555 W 12th Ave
Website: http://www.kirinrestaurants.com/index.php5?page=city_square
Type of Restaurant: Seafood, Chinese, Dimsum
Price Range: $$$
Ambiance (out of five): 4/5 – very lively atmosphere, comfortable seating
I went to Kirin for a wedding, so this was a banquet meal.
Overall: 6.5/10
(1-4: will never come back, 5: pass (I’m okay with a tinier morsel), 6: acceptable, 7: okay, 8: good, 9: Wow! Please enlarge my morsel. 10: Perfection. I could eat a morsel of this every day!)
Will come back? No
What I ate:
I like that they separate the dish onto separate plates so that you don’t need to grab your own, but at the same time, we lose out on taking pictures of the plating.
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Kirin Special Platter with Roasted Suckling Pig
  • 7/10
  • The 5 components that make up this dish were okay
  • The suckling pig was not done well, the skin was crispy but the meat was too cold and lacked fattiness
  • The smoked salmon was also very cold, it tasted not fresh at all
  • The jellyfish lacked flavour
  • The ham lacked fat and the meat was too gritty
  • The mushroom wrapped in skin was okay, the mushroom was nicely seasoned
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Sautéed arctic surf clam, scallop and chicken with selected vegetable
  • 6.5/10
  • The vegetables were nice and crispy
  • There wasn’t much scallops and clam, but at least it tasted kind of fresh and not overcooked
  • There was a good amount of chicken and it tasted alright
Deep fried crab claw wrapped with minced prawn
  • 8/10
  • The outside was fried well – making it nice and crispy
  • The minced prawn texture was very bouncy
  • Flavour was good
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Bird nest soup with fish maw and Chinese ham
  • 6/10
  • Lack of birds nest and lack of Chinese ham
  • The soup lacked flavour and tasted a lot like MSG
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Live lobster in consommé with light ginger and green onion
  • 6/10
  • Didn’t taste fresh
  • Disappointing textures
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Sliced wild catch “California Mexico” Brand Abalone braised with Chinese mushroom in oyster sauce
  • 6.5/10
  • The abalone was not too chewy
  • The vegetables were overcooked
  • Tasted like MSG again
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Crispy Skin Chicken
  • 6.5/10
  • The skin was not crispy like promised
  • The chicken was overcooked and dry
  • Lacked flavour in the meat
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Steamed live rock cod
  • 4/10
  • Worst rock cod I’ve ever had
  • It was overcooked and old tasting
  • Lacked flavour
  • It tasted really fishy and needed more ginger to take away the taste
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Fook Chow fried Rice
  • 3/10
  • The fried rice and NOT fried rice, it wasn’t even fried
  • The vegetables in it were the ends of broccoli, bits of vegetables and meat
  • WORST FRIED RICE EVER
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Stewed E-Fu noodle with Chinese mushroom and straw mushroom
  • 5/10
  • Overly oily
  • Only had noodles, had no mushrooms
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Two kinds of Dim Sum Dessert
  • Almond cookie and mango passion fruit jelly (no picture)
  • The almond cookie wasn’t too sweet and was crunchy
  • The passion fruit jelly was nice and sour
Red Bean Sweetened soup
  • 7.5/10
  • Nice amount of red bean
  • Not too sweet
  • Pretty good red bean soup
Summary: Service was really good. Most of the dishes were misses.
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