Pacific Seafood BBQ House, Richmond

Pacific Seafood BBQ House

 “The roast duck at Pacific House in Melbourne is definitely comparable
to some of the best that Sydney has to offer.”


Everytime I make a trip to Melbourne, I know in the back of my mind that good and honest food abound in this elegant city.

There are so many cafes around trendy suburbs like Brunswick, St Kilda and Brighton to name a few.  Today, we are checking out Pacific Seafood BBQ House in Richmond where its main thoroughfare Victoria street is dotted with casual Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants.

I have been told by a Melbourne food blogger the roast duck at Pacific House, serving the usual Chinese BBQ and roast meats, is arguably the best in the city. A pretty bold claim so I am eager to find out for myself.

Chopping up a soy sauce chicken

The sight of all the Chinese roast duck, BBQ pork and soy sauce chicken hanging on display is a great way to whet the appetite. We are here at 2.30pm on a Friday and though it’s past lunch hour, the restaurant seems to be quite busy with a younger crowd.

Apart from the usual roast and BBQ meats, the menu seems to be pretty expansive and specials are plastered all over the restaurant walls.

Complimentary - watercress and pork ribs soup

Complimentary - watercress and pork ribs soup

I am getting some good vibes about this place when two bowls of complimentary watercress and pork ribs soup arrive before our meal.

This is a nice touch as it is usually the larger restaurants that serve complimentary soup  and I do not know of any Chinese BBQ restaurants in Sydney that does it. I find this soup comforting especially on a cold day.

Roast duck & roast pork with steamed rice $11.50

Roast duck & roast pork with steamed rice $11.50

A roast duck and roast pork with steamed rice comes in a generous portion. The pork is tender and importantly the rind is light and crispy.

Quarter soy sauce chicken $10

Quarter soy sauce chicken $10

A quarter soy sauce chicken is moist, tender and very tasty albeit a little on the salty side but still thoroughly brilliant when mixed with some wanton noodles or steamed rice.

The saltiness could be due in part to the ginger and shallots sauce which was  ladled on top of the chicken. This is among the very few times that apart from fried or BBQ chicken that I would eat the chicken skin as well.

2011 Argyle Pinot Noir from Mornington Peninsula

2011 Argyle Pinot Noir from Mornington Peninsula

Since we are in Victoria, we sip on a 2011 Argyle Pinot Noir from the Mornington Peninsula.

Although light and plummy, I taste some spiced fruits on the palette and it has a medium finish. Not too bold and this wine would complement the duck which has yet to arrive.

Roast duck (comes with egg noodles) $11.50

Roast duck (comes with egg noodles) $11.50

My order of roast duck with wanton egg noodles comes in separate dishes and this totally gets the thumbs up from me as this is not common in Sydney.

A quarter roast duck is tender, succulent and juicy. The skin is crisp and delicate and this roast duck can truly rival the best that Sydney can offer.

Egg noodles and roast duck $11.50

Egg noodles and roast duck $11.50

The wanton noodles are tossed with a special light soy sauce that brings the noodles to life and makes it so much more tasty.

Roast ducks hanging at the window of Pacific Seafood BBQ House, Richmond

Roast ducks hanging at the window of Pacific Seafood BBQ House, Richmond

I know the next time I’m in Melbourne, I would be ordering one whole roast duck at Pacific House with a good bottle of Pinot.

The nice thing about this restaurant is that it also didn’t charge corkage for wine glasses today.

I notice a guy on the table next to ours tucking into a giant plate of chilli crabs on his own – fingers, hands and all. He is also armed with his pack of six cold beers and looks like he’s onto his third beer.

Now, that’s another idea for our next visit here and I hope it won’t be too long from now.

Pacific Seafood BBQ House, Richmond

Pacific Seafood BBQ House, Richmond

So dear readers, do you have a favourite Chinese roast duck restaurant in Melbourne or Sydney to share with us?

Pacific Seafood BBQ House
8 / 240 Victoria street
Richmond, Victoria

Tel: +61 3 9427 6225

Business hours: Open 7 days lunch and dinner

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11 Responses to Pacific Seafood BBQ House, Richmond

  1. Raymund says:

    Wow duck and noodles, this is my kind of dish. Beats fastfood anytime

  2. Kelly says:

    Mmmmm…. Pacific is one of my fav Chinese restaurant in Melb. Haven’t had a bad dish there yet.

  3. Ooh definitely Pacific House :) Love it here!

  4. I’ve been here and it was really delicious! We also had the seafood and it was sublime :)

  5. That soy sauce chicken looks extremely delicious and the duck looks excellent too. We need this kind of restaurant in my neighborhood!

  6. everything looks so good..I’d love those egg noodles with a sample of each!

  7. milkteaxx says:

    that roast duck looks amazing! juicy and succulent! i know what im having for lunch today!

  8. Juliana says:

    Everything looks so good (again!), the shiny soy chicken is just so tempting.
    Great pictures…hope you are having a wonderful week :)

  9. Glad to hear you went here when in Melbourne – it’s an old favourite of mine.

  10. Solomon Hale says:

    I’ve been making this duck for Christmas Eve dinner since it first came out in issue #38. I normally buy my ducks frozen from a nearby asian market and dry them in the cold with a fan 10″ away. This year I am using a fresh duck, without the head and feet, so I’m thickening the sauce with browned, skinless chicken wings and backs. The sauce is exquisite, and the honey glaze really does turn the skin an amazing chocolate color. It’s my absolute favorite roast duck recipe.

  11. anth says:

    must have drank a shit load of water after that meal

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