There were only two members of floor staff: one younger and one middle-aged, both lean and quick on their feet. Between delivering tables orders, the duo busily packaged takeout orders and arranged them by the door for pickup by food delivery services such as Fantuan and DoorDash.
Availability of a password-secured Wi-Fi network was announced via a bold, grey arrow, its head pointing not towards the check-out counter but rather the washrooms. Framed images of menu items were distributed along the walls. Standing partitions were positioned between tables, like Cafe Login, to assist with physical distancing between tables.
Between us, a Hot Pot Stone Rice with Fish Roe and Honey Garlic Chicken Salad were requested. Atypical of Korean-operated restaurants, push button bells had not been affixed to the table.
Consistent with the reactions of K-drama actors, Cass was indeed refreshing. The first gulp was naturally succeeded by a sigh of satisfaction. As if formulated for smooth, ceaseless drinking, the lager could easily be downed on its own or paired with the rich, robust flavours of Korean soul food. Cass was could easily be compared as the Molson of Korea - a nation's staple beer.
A Kloud glass and bottle opener had accompanied my request, hinting that the restaurant had probably carried Kloud before.
Both beers, albeit subjected to an alcohol tax of twelve percent, were priced at an in-restaurant low of $4.99 per bottle! My shock could hardly be contained after years of sixteen-plus Sapporo.
The Hot Pot Stone Rice with Fish Roe was decent, though far from memorable. I appreciated the bits of scrambled egg and crispy rice bits, but found the combination lacklustre.
We sought out Snackshot, as it was along the way back to Richmond. As the ETA came into view, I expressed surprise at the short travel distance. Shortly afterwards, I realized that the dessert parlour had two locations, and one was conveniently closer.
Two sheets of rice paper money bearing the business' name - in Supreme font no less - resided next to the tiles.