Pacific Seafood BBQ House, 295 Racecourse Road, Kensington. Phone: 9372 6688
Let’s hear a big cheer for places that serve soup – soup unordered, soup served simply as part of the dining experience, soup that is a tradition and not added to the bill at the end of the meal.
Safari, the brilliant Consider The Sauce Somalian fave in Ascot Vale, serves sublime bowls of broth almost as soon as you are seated.
On several visits to Kebab Surra in Footscray I have been provided a marvellous lamb-and-vege-and-barley soup – though it seems to depend on just which main is ordered.
Pacific Seafood BBQ House, the newish Chinese place on Racecourse Road that is a sibling to older establishments in the CBD, Richmond and South Yarra, follows the same tradition when a frequent CTS dining pal and I visit for lunch.
Our soup seems to have a what I regard as a rather robust corn flavour, even though there are no corn kernels in evidence, and has what I at first take to be spud chunks.
My companion reckons, no, it’s winter melon.
We also subsequently discover the gratis soup is indeed corn-infused and is a pork broth.
Whatever the details, we love it.
We also love the enthusiasm with which our curiosity about the soup’s contents is greeted by the bloke manning the soup ladle.
From there, ignoring the many specials detailed on wall paper that seem more suitable to night dining and larger groups, we head straight to the quickie lunch list.
We are very happy we do so.
We both order roast meat dishes that cost $11.50.
We rank them as being at the highest end of what is expected from such dishes.
My soya chicken and BBQ roast pork with rice is wonderful.
The meats are moist and, as is almost always the case, more generous of proportion than eyeball or photographic impressions may convey.
The crackling is a crunchy, sinful delight.
The rice has enough soya cooking juices to do the job and the bok choy is fine.
The oil/green onion/ginger mash is very, very welcome though I wish there was more of it.
My friend goes the roast duck with noodles.
The noodles glisten atop a bed of soya juices and bok choy – she fails in the mission of consuming them, as I do with my rice.
The roast duck is expertly done.
The meat comes from the bones more easily than is often the case and the skin is a dark brown and, yes, another sinful delight.
We love Racecourse Road – and now we love it more.