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Victoria's Zambri and Cafe Brio, Richmond's Kirin

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I've recently returned from a few days in BC. Although I will post a more thorough review of my culinary experiences on my blog, Marquis' Hungry Buddha, I'll say that the two restaurants in Victoria are excellent. While each is a quite different dining experience, both present fine Italian cuisine in an ambiance that will pull you back to them.
Regarding Kirin, it was quite possibly the finest chinese dining experience I've ever had...at least in North America.

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Zambri's
911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V4X3, CA

Cafe Brio
944 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8V3K2, CA

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    1. Thanks for the report holualoa farmer. Glad that Kirin was able to deliver.

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      1. re: fmed

        We are heading up to Vancouver tomorrow to catch the Impressionist exhibit at the Art Gallery. When we were there last year we had dinner at an amazing Chinese restaurant near the Fairmont downtown. I believe it was Kirin, but I cannot remember the name. The location seems correct, but are there other great Chinese places near there? Also the place we dined had really wonderful steamed bread - which is hard to find on most menus. Kirin does not post their full menus online so it is hard to tell for sure.

        Any thoughts on if this is the place or other recommendations for a great place to dine in that area?

        1. re: PaqpIn

          Kirin is on Alberni St.(i believe Bute is the cross St) which is one block North of Robson,
          There is the Imperial Garden which is closest to the Fairmont.
          Victoria Chinese is also another that has been around for awhile.

          I believe Kirin is the current best of this group. Imperial had my vote for best service in the 90's. But it hasn't kept up with the times and competition. Kirin in DT is one of 5 Kirin across the lower mainland. And possibly one of the best run Chinese chain's of restaurant.

          Steam bread - did you mean man tou? a northern chinese 'silver thread buns'? the three listed here are primarily Cantonese style cuisine. Though all offer an assortment of steam buns in their dimsum menu. Cantonese cuisine are not primarily known as bread eaters.
          Shanghai Chinese Bistro on Aberni offer the steam and fried version of mantou at $3.95 per.

          as for suggestions, i travel across the bridge outta DT for Chinese food. better value, more authentic and more CH worthy.
          in DT the izakaya are always a good bet.

          1. re: betterthanbourdain

            It is the silver thread buns and the place we went had them on the dinner menu. I make them at home from time to time, but rarely, if ever, see them on US menus. Looking at the decor and location I do believe it is Kirin. We are hoping not to move the car again - so someplace downtown is probably best, but I do know the places over the bridge are probably better. Thanks for the feedback. I think we will try Kirin and hope for the best.