6135 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412137.779914 -122.485345
Mon. - Sun. 11:30am - 9:30pm
Neighborhoods: Central Richmond, Northwest
A local favorite for some, but not me – If you're willing to drive around a bit looking for parking, Kirin might be worth a visit if you're in the mood for Chinese food. Be wary of the soda bottles they leave on your table. If you don't want it, return it to the staff as they charge $5/bottle, which you can buy for less than $2 at Safeway. The corn/crab chowder had more eggs in it than crab, saw a few corn in there, but not a great soup. We had 2 chow mein dishes, one beef, one chicken. They both tasted the same. The stir-fried veggie & fish was not great because a thick white sauce drowned the dish. The walnut prawn was ok, liked it better at Tong Palace. The crispy chicken wasn't too bad. The place is frequented by a lot of Asians, but I probably would not make a big attempt to return for the food. For dessert, we received almond jello with canned cocktail fruit - reminded me of my childhood when cocktail mixed fruit was served everytime with almond jello, didn't like it then, don't like it now.
Great Food – To be honest, we've never eaten inside, as our place is only a block away so we always get takeout. But we are lucky to have a great Chinese spot so close, and indeed it would be worth traveling for. Everything we've had has been tasty, with good portions and high quality ingredients. Many bizarre exotic ingredients for the adventurous (you can get jellyfish prepared in a variety of ways here), but excellent standard fare for the rest of us.
First on my List – If you need a great Chinese restaurant in the Richmond District, try out Kirin. Food is fabulous and wait staff is friendly and on the ball.
It's my family's favorite Chinese restaurant and there isn't any dish that we've tried and didn't like.
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