Sunday, March 23, 2008

Pacific Seafood BBQ House

Recipient of 2 stars in the recently released Age Cheap Eats 2008 situated in the middle of a busy shopping strip at 210 Toorak Rd. South Yarra this Chinese restaurant is always busy with both eat in or take away diners. The service is efficient with waiters and guests constantly brushing against the chairs of patrons - the tables are so close that if they were any closer they'd have to be stacked, as would the guests!!
There are paper napkins, no table coverings, the crockery is coarse, cutlery, if you need it, is also cheap stuff. Walls are half covered in slabs of coloured paper with menu items and prices in both English and Chinese.
We started with a seafood congee ($10) It had a good variety of of prawns, calamari, scallops and tofu in a very thick not quite homogenized congee. It lacked salt and as greatly improved by a dash of soy sauce.
We followed this with a lobster with ginger on a bed of noodles ($52.80/lb). They have a sign saying all their fish are carefully weighed. Our lobster lost 0.3 of a pound when I requested it be weighed again after disposing of the water in the bucket in which it was weighed - hmmm.
It was served with the requisite equipment surounded by a massive amount of sliced ginger and would have been even sweeter and more tender had it not been a little overcooked
Comments: This place is all about food. Good size serves of good tasting (slightly above average)
dishes served promptly at reasonable (slightly below average) prices.

Score: 13.5/20

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