Dining Out: Pacific House, Richmond

by April@MyFoodTrail on September 14, 2010

in BYO Place, Chinese, Dining Out, Richmond

Pacific House
8/240 Victoria Street, Richmond VIC
(03) 9427 8225

BYO: Yes, $2 per person
Prices: Dishes around $20

My mum celebrated a milestone birthday recently, but as with all my family’s birthdays, it was pretty low key. There was no big birthday bash, just a quiet dinner with family and cake at my place afterwards. (She went out with a few of her friends separately.) Both my brothers are not in Melbourne and true to my mum’s character, she insisted they not waste money to fly down for the occasion. They ended up coming down anyway and giving her a wonderful birthday surprise!

I’ve never had an ideal relationship with my mother. We’ve never been ‘friends’ like some other mothers and daughters are, and she can be extremely frustrating at times. Throughout all this though, she has always put her children first and made sure we had everything growing up that she missed out on. She sacrificed her own needs and wants for our needs and wants and for that I will always be grateful. I hope she had a special birthday with her family all together in Melbourne.

My parents have simple dining tastes, preferring home cooked Chinese meals to a fancy dinner out a nice restaurant. We wanted to take my mum out for dinner to a restaurant of her choice and of all places, she chose Pacific House because we hadn’t been for a while. I was going to override her decision, but since it was her birthday, I went along with it.

We got there on time to find out our booked table wasn’t ready yet. There were at least 10 people waiting outside the restaurant, along with another 15 squeezed into the small section at the front of the restaurant. Everyone that is seated at a table is seated so close together as to maximise the number of diners that can fit in the restaurant. Why you would want to eat in such an environment is beyond me! Especially if the food is average. At least if the food was fantastic, you could justify putting up with it.

Another thing Pacific House does is cook the food super fast and bring out all the dishes at once. And they are just as fast clearing the almost empty dishes from your table and bringing you the bill. There is no hanging around for conversation at Pacific House, unless you want to be given the evil eye from the waiters or from the hungry people waiting!

I had another food blogger fail moment and don’t have the prices for the dishes like I usually do. That’s the second week in a row… I need to pick up my game!

The roast pork was probably the best dish of the night. The pork was moist, wasn’t too fatty and the crackling was sufficiently crunchy.

Pacific House - Roast pork
Roast pork, small serve

We got half a Peking duck, which consisted of 8 pieces. The duck didn’t have a crispy skin which was a bit of a letdown, but there was a generous piece of duck inside each pancake.

Pacific House - Peking duck
Peking duck, half

The seafood in claypot had a variety of seafood pieces, as well as deep fried tofu rectangles. The dish was lacking in flavour for me.

Pacific House - Seafood Claypot
Seafood in claypot

This dish of green beans and mince pork in a belachan sauce wasn’t from the menu. We asked the waiter for it. I liked the addition of the crispy fried ikan bilis (anchovies).

Pacific House - Green beans with mince pork & belachan
Green beans with mince pork & belachan sauce

My dad likes to order combination rice noodles whenever we go out to a Chinese restaurant but it’s annoying when there is not enough sauce for all the noodles. It was good to see this was a decent serve and there was enough sauce.

Pacific House - Combination rice noodles
Combination rice noodles (hor fun)

I love shredded beef and it’s a dish I would never be bothered making at home because the beef is deep fried first. This was quite a good version of it – the sweet and sour sauce was nice.

Pacific House - Shredded beef
Shredded beef with sweet & sour sauce

The last dish was another dish I love, chicken ribs with the golden egg yolk. The one at Pacific House was really disappointing. It was so oily, we literally used at least 1 serviette per chicken rib to try and squeeze out all the oil… and even then it was still too oily!

Pacific House - Chicken ribs with egg yolk
Deep fried chicken ribs with golden egg yolk

Overall: I wouldn’t come back to Pacific House by choice. BBQ House Seafood Restaurant two doors down does the same food but without the rushed and crowded environment and I think the food is better.

Over & Out, April xx

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lingy September 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Hah I love the 'wong kam' at Pacific House too, usually have it with prawns though.
Richmond's Pacific House, sure is ultra crowded, may be true on better food too but I haven't been there since the one at South Yarra opened. Haha.


Sarah September 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Deep fried chicken ribs! Chrysanthemum House in Doncaster is the BEST!

I like salt and chilli ribs but they do it with salted egg too!

Happy birthday to your mum!

xox Sarah


cloudcontrol September 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Mmm I'm a fan of the chicken rib with the salted egg yolk too. I love how salted egg yolk has a poetic title of 'golden sand'. 🙂 YUM!

And it's been years since I've had a wat dan hor fun! I might make one for dinner this weekend.


mademoiselle délicieuse September 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm

So I take it that this place wasn't your choice then? Haha, I have a friendly relationship with my mother – it's my father where I'm lacking in that department.

That combination rice noodles dish looks interesting – I'm not used to seeing egg swirled through the sauce!


Conor @ Hold the Beef September 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Oh, if only it were acceptable to override her decision due to it being for her own good. Why did she choose here? At least there looks to be some good dishes to have come out of it, and I bet the cake at your place made up for the bad ones 🙂 Happy birthday to your Mum!


Iron Chef Shellie September 15, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I don't have the urge to go there! Hope your mumma had a good birthday though!


penny aka jeroxie September 16, 2010 at 12:01 am

Pacific house is not bad but yea, I agree, too pack! I ditched it and head to Footscray's Golden harvest. No need to squeeze!


Agnes September 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

That's so sweet that your brothers surprised your mum with a visit for her birthday! 🙂

I've never had an ideal relationship with my mother either – I was always a daddy's girl! Hehee.. Our relationship is much better since I've grown up, and often I feel like I'm turning into her…. which truthfully, wouldn't be that terrible a thing. (Goodness, how mature does that sound?? :p)

Oh, and when you go out to dinner with your parents, is it ALWAYS for Chinese food, like with mine?


April @ My Food Trail September 21, 2010 at 11:41 am

Hi Lingy: I find that it is wasted on prawns because the prawn has shell which gets in the way of the egg! (unless you also eat the shell!)

Hi Sarah: Thanks! And thanks for the tip about Chrysanthemum house. I need to go out to Doncaster more – there are some good restaurants there!

Hi cloudcontrol: Yes, 'golden sand' is very poetic! Sometimes it does taste like sand with its grainy texture.

Hi mademoiselle délicieuse: Haha, could you tell?! 🙂 They do that egg swirl through the gravy quite a lot here I think!

Hi Conor: Thanks! I have no idea why she chose here though I think she liked it the last time she came.

Hi Shellie: Thanks! 🙂

Hi Penny: Unfortunately Footscary is too far for me!

Hi Agnes: I never want to turn into my mother, but I guess it is inevitable we will all have some characters of our mothers! I think having the distance from not living in the same house always helps with relationships too.

Yes, it's always Chinese food!


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