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CAFE LOYAL: FOOD COURT LOOKING, RESTAURANT QUALITY

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I was looking for a new restaurant in Richmond expecting to find a hidden gem! I quickly Urbanspoon-ed, and found several restaurants (with high ratings) that were recently added. Sadly, many of them closed on Tuesday, and Cafe Loyal happened to be the only one open. It had ratings of 92% which cannot be bad, so I gave it a try. It is located on the corner of Number 5 and Bridgeport Road, right besides Scotia Bank. As soon as I arrived, I wish I went somewhere else, only because of its food court ambience. We wouldn't drive all the way up to No. 5 from No. 1 for this. We can simply go to Aberdeen Mall if we wanted to eat at a quick grab-and-go spot. Well, this is actually my bad, not reading other people's reviews carefully. Since we didn't have any other choices, we just stepped inside. We waited to be seated, but the hostess kindly informed us that we could order at front, and sit at any empty tables. 

So, here is the menu. You read, decide and order at front before you sit.
A drink is included in your set meal, so you can choose an Iced/hot drink. We ordered Iced Honey Lemon and Iced Milk Tea.
The interior was very outdated, yet spacious, clean and tidy. I liked their open kitchen, which can improve food safety and quality.
When they call your number, you go get your own food - just like food court. 
We started off with ROAST PORK ($9.00) A decent amount of pork had more meat than fat (I personally like the fat better, please don't judge). The meat was a bit dry, not all of them but some. The sauce was just enough, not overtly sweet or salty. 
EGGPLANT POT ($11.00) came with the soup and rice. Pan-fried eggplant with minced pork was cooked and served in a pot. J seemed to like it. He said the rice was cooked very well.
This soup was included in the Baked Seafood Meal Combo. It tasted like a lighter and simpler version of Cream of Chicken Soup. There was a fair amount of chicken inside, but the soup tasted bland. I think they did it on purpose for people to add some pepper or salt to their own taste. 
BAKED SEAFOOD ($13.00) took 15 minutes to come as notified before ordering. There was a lot of stuff inside the foil box - it was heavy when I lifted. I am pretty sure they put at least two bowls of rice here. Also, there was a decent amount of various seafood including shrimps, squid, crab and mussels. Mussels didn't taste fresh though. Everything else tasted good.
Seafood Overload
If you live nearby and starve at night, take out some food here! They are open until midnight on weekends. I think their business will do better if they provide delivery. Look forward to seeing Cafe Loyal on Justeat.ca soon! 

PROS
+ Food tastes pretty decent
+ Open until late
+ Good service
+ Drinks/Soup/Rice included in your meal combo at cheap prices
+ Good for take-out

CONS
- A toilet was dirty
- Not for dine-in
- Location, I'd rather eat near No. 3 Rd where there are lots of choices over restaurants

RATING
Food              3.5/6.0
Ambience      1.5/6.0
Service          3.5/6.0
Price              $
*Cash only
*Self-Service
Cafe Loyal Official Website 

Cafe Loyal 來佬•快餐室 on Urbanspoon

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