Cafe Loyal Asian Fast Food on Bridgeport Road, Richmond

When I was having my hair cut at a salon recently, I overheard conversations about a Hong Kong style restaurant on Bridgeport Road and No. 5 Road has good value for money (I assumed it to be Hong Kong because drink is included).


We decided to go for lunch on a Sunday. The previous tenant of this location was Casa Pinoy which was pretty good too.


As this is a fast food place, there is no table service. The menus are posted on the wall and you place your order by the menu number at the cashier and pay for the food upon placing the order.


When your food is ready, they will call your receipt number for you to pick up your food at the counter. The good thing is you do not have to pay tips as there is no table service. This restaurant accepts cash only.


I like the open kitchen concept where you can view the chef at work and the cleanliness of the kitchen.


I ordered Chicken in Thai Sauce with rice. You can have it with spaghetti too. It is just a grilled chicken chop doused with sweet chili sauce with some steamed green beans at the bottom. The meal was decent. I had hot milk tea with my meal. Continue reading

Gin’s Kitchen & Cafe on Granville Avenue in Richmond

Updated 30 Sep 2014: This restaurant is closed.

I came across another restaurant promotion in the Richmond Review recently. Since I have not eaten in the fairly new restaurant in Richmond, the coupon just gives me the excuse to visit it.


The coupon is for “Get one free bubble tea with purchase of any dine in meal”. It’s not valid with lunch special and combo special as below.


You can click on the menu for a larger view.


Gin’s Kitchen & Cafe is located at a corner where Golden Sea City Seafood Restaurant on Granville Avenue is. The restaurant is obscured from view due to the big signage of the Golden Sea City Seafood Restaurant right above the restaurant.

Parking is a problem is this strip mall as the parking lot is not very big. I was surprised that I can find parking easily on a Sunday afternoon. Perhaps, a lot of Richmondites are away on vacation during the spring break.


The restaurant is lighted in some purplish lighting. Straight away, I knew the photos may not turn out well since I only brought my point and shoot and not my SLR. As the parking lot is not busy, so is the restaurant.


The boys ordered something from the Special Combo which comes with a drink. They have Chocolate Bubble Tea and Mocha Bubble Tea respectively. I had a Coffee Bubble Tea using the coupon. All the drinks did not come … Continue reading

Open Teahouse Cocktail Night (by Pearl Drops Teahouse)

Updated: 22nd Dec 2014; This restaurant is closed according to


Hey All,

OK … not exactly “All” All but rather All in the Greater Vancouver Area.

What are you doing on Saturday night, February 7th? Specifically from 7PM to 10PM?

I just had an invite out of the blue to attend an Open Teahouse Cocktail Night hosted by Pearl Drops Teahouse. The beauty is that they are extending the invite to all readers of Chowtimes. Touted as “Afternoon Tea Meets Cocktail Hour”, the event will include free (virgin) cocktail samplings and in-house hor’ dourves. It is free, no admission. That’s right … Free with a capital F. As a bonus there will also door prizes to be won.

We had never been to Pearl Drops Teahouse before (neither do we know the owners). From what info we received and from their website, they describe themselves as a one-of-a-kind Asian teahouse by providing modern twists on ancient beverages. Like this one below:

The “Red Lychee” is one of their several signature Tea Cocktails. The range includes names like Golden Sunset and Solar Flare which really makes me want to check them out. These beverages are made with freshly steeped high quality tea, hand squeezed lemon-lime and a garnish of exotic fruits such as kiwi, guava and kumquats … all virgin too.

Suanne and I will be going for sure. If you’re planning on attending, you may RSVP to to let them know to expect the number of people attending. It would be great if you let us know too just so we can say hi to you. Our email is or

Here are the details again:

Pearl Drops Teahouse
422 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby
Saturday, February 7th
7PM to 10PM

PS: This is not a paid posting. Just thought we share the fun!