Dining Out: BBQ House Seafood Restaurant, Richmond

by April@MyFoodTrail on January 13, 2010

in BYO Place, Chinese, Dining Out, Richmond

BBQ House Seafood Restaurant
Shop 5, 240 Victoria Street, Richmond VIC
(03) 9428 7932

Cuisine: Chinese
BYO: Yes, no charge
Price: Mains around $20, rice $2 per person
Parking: Along Victoria Street

Read my first review of BBQ House Seafood Restaurant here.

This review is actually the accumulation of two visits to BBQ House, the first time was when Mr SW & Mrs CT were down for a visit to Melbourne and the second time was recently with just me and hubby.

Located amongst the Vietnamese restaurants along Victoria Street, BBQ House is just two doors down from the more popular and well known Pacific House, but I think BBQ House is better. It even looks the same with the colourful menus posted all over the walls. This is one of our “go to” restaurants for good Chinese/Cantonese food.

The first dish we ordered with Mr SW & Mrs CT was the long beans with minced pork and XO sauce. This dish is probably one of my favourite ways to eat my vegetables and we often order it if we see it on a restaurant menu. I love the taste of XO sauce, but often it is too spicy for me. The minced pork and XO sauce wasn’t too spicy but was still very tasty.

Sautéed long beans with minced pork & XO sauce $16.50

The next dish was the deep fried chicken ribs with shrimp paste. On the menu it is supposed to be pork ribs, but we requested for chicken ribs instead since the pork ribs weren’t so great last time. The batter on the chicken doesn’t taste very shrimpy – I can’t really describe the taste, but it is so delicious. I think it is better than KFC!

Deep fried chicken ribs with shrimp paste $18.50

Next up was the minced pork with eggplant in a hot pot. Hubby and I don’t normally like eggplant but this eggplant was well cooked without the bitter taste. The sauce was supposed to be spicy, but wasn’t at all.

Minced pork with eggplant in spicy sauce hot pot $15.50

The last dish we ordered with Mr SW & Mrs CT was the 2 roast meat combination. You can choose from roast duck, roast pork, BBQ pork or soya sauce chicken. We got the roast duck and roast pork. The roast duck was really nice and the pork belly wasn’t too fatty.

2 roast combination $18

The recent time hubby and I went, we got a quarter of a Peking duck. To me a good Peking duck is a nice, crispy piece of duck skin with minimal meat encased in a soft, thin pancake garnished with spring onions, cucumber and hoi sin sauce. The one at BBQ House had big chunks of meat and the pancake itself was a bit thick. The duck was still good and probably better value since you were getting a lot of duck meat.

Peking duck ¼ $12

Inside the Peking duck

Since someone mentioned it on my blog, I have had a craving for crispy beef, so I had to order it! The crispy/shredded beef here is the best I have ever had. Other places get it wrong by not being crispy enough, or not having enough sauce or the pieces being too big or too small. Here it is just right and this time we got such a huge serve, we ended up with a whole box left over to take away.

Shredded beef fillet with sweet & sour sauce $20.50

The last dish was the silky bean curd with dried scallop and diced chicken. We normally order the silky bean curd with salted fish and minced pork like last time, but we thought we would try something different. The dried scallop wasn’t in big chunks like we were expecting – it had been broken down into hardly visible stringy bits and the diced chicken was actually chicken mince. It had a great flavour, though we prefer the other bean curd dish with the minced pork.

Silky bean curd with dried scallop & diced chicken $18

Overall: Very good food with decent prices and serving sizes. There is a large variety of dishes, though we tend to always order our favourites! The quality of the food is pretty consistent – I don’t think I have ever had a bad meal here. The place can get quite noisy when it’s full so be prepared for a lively atmosphere.

Would I return? Yes, this is our go to place for Chinese/Cantonese food.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

imasugarjunkie January 14, 2010 at 9:23 am

it is way too early in the morning for me to be craving peking duck! mmm

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Catherine January 14, 2010 at 9:34 am

Wow everything looks so good!

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Food lover January 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Looks good. It's hard to know what is good or not on Vic St without a reference. I'm glad to hear this one is consistently good; will give it a try.

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MyBirthdayVenue.com January 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

This is as authentic as it can get! Everything looks delicious! Next time my friends from HK are looking for some home-cooked fare, this'll be a great place to take them! Thanks!

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Conor @ HoldtheBeef January 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I can see why you keep going there. I think I may even be tempted to try that crispy beef if I went!

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Jetsetting Joyce (MEL: HOT OR NOT) January 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm

That's interesting – I've always gone to Pacific House so never tried BBQ House. Looks great!

Jetsetting Joyce

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mademoiselle délicieuse January 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm

We must both come from that era where Peking duck was mainly skin, but these days everywhere it seems to be sliced a bit more meat on it *shrug*

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yummy recipes January 15, 2010 at 7:38 am

look at all these tasty food..it's really delicious 🙂

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Rilsta January 15, 2010 at 9:20 am

Hi imasugarjunkie: Hehe, I always get cravings when I read food blogs, no matter what time of day it is!

Hi Catherine: It tasted good too! 🙂

Hi Food lover: Yeah, there are soooo many restaurants on Vic St, it's hard to know which are good. This one is!

Hi My Birthday Venue: I'm not sure whether it is authentic Cantonese food, but it tastes great and that's what counts!

Hi Conor: The crispy beef is the best!

Hi Joyce: I first discovered this place because Pacific House was too full.

Hi mademoiselle délicieuse: I like the crispy duck skin more than the meat!

Hi yummy recipes: Looking at the photos makes me want to go back for more!

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Ellie January 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Wow! all the foods look good. I especially like the scallops and roast combinations 🙂

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Rilsta January 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Hi Ellie: It's good, consistent Chinese food!

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fugu December 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

BBQ House is awesome… I used to eat at Pacific House until I stumbled into their neighbours at BBQ House.

Love the Peking Duck but am becoming obsessed with the Roast Pork. The pork is great in the noodle soup or simply with their lovely special friend rice. Bit scary that it is around the corner and I can get a take away tub of pork for $10 that will do me and my partner for 4 meals!

Everyone should try it! (: Thanks for the review!

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