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The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill: Good food and friendly staff
After we walked the 8km/5mi Iona Spit Trail in Iona Beach Regional Park in Richmond near the airport we worked up an appetite and decided to go here for lunch. Some people might wonder where the name comes from, but it has nothing to do with the animal that is called a beaver. It has to do with small water/sea/float planes that are called "beaver float planes" as this place is also a terminal for the Harbour Air seaThe setting is wonderful with this place being also a terminal for the Harbour Air sea planes that take off from here to Vancouver Island and other places. The building is right on stilts on top of the water.
We were greeted by a friendly girl and ask where we would like to sit, we asked if there was a patio seat as it was nice enough to sit outside. We got lucky as there was only one more table available and it was right beside the big window with a nice view. Lucky us, as it sounds like it can get pretty busy in this place...so if you are a bigger party make sure you reserve a spot ahead of time.
The service was great and pretty quick considering how busy it was in the restaurant. The servers were friendly and kind. The only thing that was kind of strange was that at the time we were there, there was one eager worker who kept taking our empty drink glasses away but never asked if we wanted a refill. But the servers came by just enough times that we could ask for another refill if we wanted.
Favorite Dish: We enjoyed an appetizer first with was the "steamed local mussels" in a coconut curry sauce with chorizo and garlic bread. My friend ordered a "Seafood & Avocado Salad Sandwich" which had shrimp, crab, salmon, halibut, tuna, bacon & avocado served on ciabatta baguette. I ordered the "Seafood Grill" which were two seafood skewers with salmon, halibut & tiger prawns in a ginger-soy glaze with jasmine rice & seasonal vegetables...mmmm that was really delicious.
This restaurant is fairly pricey, but the food is excellent which makes it worth the money!
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Floata Seafood Restaurant: Dim Sum! Yum!
We happend upon this place after asking a few shop owners in Chinatown, what was the best place for dim sum. If you don't know about it, you won't find it. It's on the second floor of a small mall. As soon as we sat down we were swarmed by servers showing us the dishes they had. We didn't have to wait at all. The dining room is huge. We went on a Friday morning and the place was packed. Great place for groups. Most of the dishes were $2.38. Can't beat that!
Favorite Dish: Sticky chicken rice, pork shu mai, shrimp dumplings.
Floata Seafood Restaurant: Great Dim Sum
This place is located on the upper floor of a small shopping mall in the heart of Vancouver's Chinatown. The restaurant itself is massive - it can be rented for functions of up to 1000 people. It's a popular spot for dim sum, which is what I went for. The menu is extensive and has authentic Chinese fare, not the westernized junk a lot of places serve. The service isn't what I would call friendly, but certainly efficient. The food was very well done and enjoyable. It was also reasonably priced, so overall I found it to be a satisfying dim sum.
Favorite Dish: Pork sticky buns are really good... and for someone who doesn't like shellfish, the shrimp rolls were particularly good.
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Floata Seafood Restaurant: chaotic dimsum experience
This is Canada's largest Chinese restaurant, with the capacity to seat more than 1000 people.
They have a full menu, but most people gather here on weekends for the dim sum.
It's quite the chaotic experience, and if you are not assertive enough you are probably not going to get what you want and will be waiting for ages to eat. You have to be loud, brash, and sometimes even mean...depending on how service is that day.
But it's worth it. They have an extensive dim sum selection, all very good.
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