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Overseas Seafood Restaurant

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Published August 20th 2017
Sampling the lobster at a seafood restaurant
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On Springvale Road, Forest Hill

Peculiar name, isn't it? Well, Overseas Seafood Restaurant is an oriental restaurant specialising in high end dishes for big groups of people. It is also a good setting for inviting long distance friends and relatives for a meal - perhaps that is where the name Overseas comes from.

It is situated on Springvale Road in Forest Hill; a standalone building with no other restaurants nearby. It has its own private car park which should be more than enough to accommodate its customers.

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Beautiful spacious interior

The interior is very beautiful; large open space with a high ceiling and a skylight hollow that extends above the ceiling. There are panes of dark mirrors lining the walls forming an elegant frame around the diners.

The tables are round as in traditional Chinese restaurants it represents good luck and equality. A 'lazy Susan' sit in the middle of the table and this rotating disc allows every person access to the food.

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Two big lobsters

Our first dish was a lobster cooked with noodles. At $49.80 a pound, it isn't exactly the heftiest of prices but it does fit into the expensive category for most people. However, on special occasions - there is an excuse to splurge for extravagance. The texture of the lobster is firm and juicy, utterly delicious and a pleasure to savour.

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Lobsters on special

These lobsters come straight from the tank where they are kept in crystal-clear water.

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An Asian delicacy

Other notable mentions during tonight's dinner include the roast duck and a squid claypot.

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Roast duck garnished with coriander

Duck in itself is a delectable ingredient and when prepared by the chefs here at Overseas, it is crafted into a dish worthy of praise. The thin skin is roasted and basted with duck fat which locks in the juice from the meat underneath.

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Squid and water spinach claypot with shrimp paste

This squid claypot's special ingredient is shrimp paste, or belachan, as used in Malaysian cuisine. It gives it a depth of unparalleled flavour and umami. The squid is springy and easy to chew. Water spinach (Ong Choy) is the main co-ingredient and prepared to great effect in bringing out the crisp texture of the vegetable.

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A close up of the squid

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Fried rice

After the main courses are served and cleared, a small plate of oranges and jellies is offered as dessert. The agar-agar is slightly firmer than traditional Western jelly.

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Dessert after the main meal is cleared away

Read about Walrus Chinese Restaurant for similar fare that can be enjoyed in Springvale.
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Why? Spacious and elegant dining
When: 482 Springvale Rd, Forest Hill VIC 3131
Phone: (03) 9887 9819
Cost: $$$
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