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Floata

Floata is a gigantic restaurant in Chinatown known for having capacity like no other and not the best food or service around. My memories of Floata are as follows: Lunch during field trip in elementary school, dim sum with guests from out of town, and banquet with grandparents for some people I didn’t know. So my memories of it are pretty limited. One Friday when looking for a place to eat we found both places we wanted to try (Phenom Penh and Bao Bei) closed, it was raining, we were cold, and Floata presented itself as a shining beacon on the second floor across the street from Bao Bei.

What we ate: (I’m not even going to bother trying with names)

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My favourites were the ham sui gok, chinese donut stuffed with fish paste, and the egg tarts. We over ordered by a lot (there were 3 of us) and didn’t finish it all. I’d say overall the quality of the food was acceptable, but not fantastic. Not worth the trip out of Richmond all the way down to Chinatown, and there are probably better places around but Floata is just kind of an institution that can’t be touched. It was also a bit expensive given the average price of dim sum. However, I had no issues with the service, as we went around 2pm on a Friday afternoon and there were maybe 6 tables (in a restaurant that can seat nearly 1000)

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