On Richmond's Victoria Street there is a glut of Asian dining options but if you choose a restaurant that is already busy you can't go wrong.
Pacific Seafood BBQ House is always bustling. The simple wooden chairs and laminated tables are set extremely close together and they are continually occupied. Waiters buzz between tables depositing free bowls of soup as soon as customers sit down and the walls are colourfully decorated with hand written signs advertising specials in English and Chinese.
The service at Pacific Seafood BBQ House is speedy, so quick you may not be able to finish your BYO bottle of wine. It is not the sort of restaurant where you can linger over a drink and debate the meaning of life after dessert has been cleared. Thankfully there is a pub, an easy 10 minute stroll up the road that provides the perfect setting for this type of discussion. Visit Pacific Seafood BBQ House for the food, not the ambience.
Roasted ducks and chickens hang in the front window. The roast duck is an old favourite however on this visit we make an adjustment to our usual order. We ordered a whole Peking Duck, rumoured to be the best in Melbourne.
Tender slices of roasted duck breast, complete with crispy skin, wrapped in thin pancakes with spring onion arrived on our table in record time, accompanied by duck's best friend, a bowl of spicy hoisin sauce. These were devoured in no time. The best in Melbourne? Well I'm happy to cast my vote.
The sweet roast pork appeared on the table next, each slice rimmed with pink from the marinade. Its juices soaked into and flavoured the steamed rice, which was unceremoniously served in a bright red warmer.
We had the 'BBQ' covered but so far had left out the 'Seafood' element of Pacific Seafood BBQ House. We rectified this with a serve of deep fried calamari with spicy salt and chilli. The calamari was both crispy and tender but I didn't detect much chilli. It didn't matter. The plate was soon empty.
Steamed greens with oyster sauce made up the vegetable component of our otherwise meaty dinner to make us feel a smidgen healthier.
Pacific Seafood BBQ House is a little more expensive than the other budget restaurant options along Victoria Street but the quality of the food certainly makes up for it. And judging by the speedy turnover of diners, an awful lot of people agree with me.
If being further from central Melbourne is not a problem, I suggest that Simon's Peking Duck is the best!
Simon became a competitor (although distant location-wise) by opening this restaurant, as his boss did not respect quality of ingredients in as great an ideal as Simon did