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Walrus Chinese Restaurant

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Hanford is a piano teacher and freelance accompanist. Visit his website at www.hanfordlam.com
Published July 22nd 2017
Mouthwatering Asian cuisine a stone's throw away
This restaurant is a convenient five minute walk from Springvale Railway Station where multitudes of ethnic shops, mainly Vietnamese and Korean, gather.

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Walrus Chinese Restaurant in Springvale


The name Walrus Chinese Restaurant bears no symbolic resemblance to its Mandarin name - which roughly translates to 'Spring Memory'.

My family and I visited this restaurant in winter 2017 and we had booked a table for four at 6.30 pm. When we entered, there were only a few tables occupied.

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Not many people at 6.30pm


Service was very prompt with our complimentary soup arriving within a minute of us being seated. Chicken feet and lotus root soup was being served that night. A rich broth that gently warms the insides during winter.

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A complimentary soup appetiser


The menu features a variety of seafood and main dishes, all prepared skilfully by the chefs out the back. If you fancy live seafood, you can ask the restaurant to prepare it straight from the tank, resulting in a fresh and mouth-watering delicacy. During my meal, I watched plates of abalone and lobster go past, as well as scallops and oysters.

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Live seafood on display ready for order


Lobsters were selling for $98/pound and when I checked before I left, there was only one poor thing left - probably to end up on someone's plate later in the night. Unlike the regular small lobsters that you find in many restaurants, these were big rock lobsters that were meaty and full of flavour. Even the legs had a substantial amount of flesh in them. Flavours come in many Asian-based cooking styles, which means no grilled cheese lobsters.

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Three pound lobster in ginger and shallots


In no time at all, the restaurant suddenly came to life with throngs of customers barging through the doors. Seems like it's dinner time here in Springvale!

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Diners pack into the restaurant


The coral trout that we had was steamed - a method of preparing seafood that is very prominent in Chinese culture as it preserves the delicate flavour of the ingredient. Coriander, julienne ginger and spring onions serve as garnish and a soy based dressing is basted over the fish. This fish was $130 and honestly, very delicious. The texture of the flesh is firmer and flakier than ones that are bought from the market.

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Fresh from the tank


Dinner was wrapped up by a sweet dessert soup made from red beans. Again, the warm liquid aids the sense of fullness and helps you relax after the copious amount of food ingested.

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Red bean dessert soup


Walrus Chinese Restaurant also offers takeaways and barbecued meats. These are a popular option for office workers on their way home - either buying dinner for themselves or purchasing food to be shared with the family.

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Barbecued meats also available


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Price menu for the BBQ


All in all, this restaurant is suitable for someone looking for fresh seafood prepared within minutes of the creature leaving the water or one looking for a quick feed from the barbecue counter.

Please note: Walrus Chinese Restaurant is closed on Tuesday

Limited parking is available right outside the restaurant with a meter costing $1/hour. Free parking can be found road side in the vicinity.
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Why? Good seafood and Asian cuisine
When: 11am-10.30pm Daily (Closed Tuesdays)
Phone: (03) 9540 8981
Where: Shop 2, 24 Queens Avenue, Springvale VIC 3171
Cost: $$
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