Pacific BBQ Cafe (revisited)

213 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9663 9288

My workmates Brent and Rob turned 39 and 29 respectively so we had drinkies with them at 3 Degrees, QV. After we had enough James Squire brew to last us a while, Adam and I finished off the night with a quick dinner at the nearby Pacific BBQ Cafe on Lonsdale St. The first time I went there, I was very disappointed and have not been back ever since. Apparently though, I should have tried their duck the first time and apparently, it’s a lot better now that they’ve sorted out their teething issues so we decided to give them another chance. Now, this place always seems to be packed even at odd hours so it wasn’t a surprise when we had to wait about 5 minutes for a table to open up. We settled in a booth and got down to work. I knew that I was going to go for the roast duck on rice ($9.50) so I didn’t bother studying the menu but just by looking at it, there were some significant changes since our last visit. More “proper” Cantonese dishes and less of the spaghetti and spam bullsht.

My duck arrived in literally 30 seconds. It wasn’t as good as I had expected, to be honest. The skin wasn’t terribly crispy and the meat-to-fat ratio was something like 10-90. Ugh. Okay, so I was only halfway through this mediocre meal when WHOA, the waiter plonked the bill on our table. While I understand that the restaurant were keen to maintain a high turnover to get as many people through as possible, I just thought he was beyond rude for doing that. Nevertheless, I took my dear time eating … but that didn’t stop the waiter from then taking away all the empty bowls on the table without even asking us if it was okay to do so. In the end, I ended up losing my appetite, made Adam eat the rest of my duck (haha) and said that I was off. Rude bastards. Never again.

I eat too much.


  1. icesabre
    August 28, 2009

    Mmmmmmm James Squire good choice!That Roast Duck or Roast Crispy Pork or Roast BBQ Pork Cha Siu rice… I hate it when I ask for no Soy Sauce and they chuck a tonne on, even in Cantonese. Idiots.

  2. gns_moments
    August 29, 2009

    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL You do the shir shir shir shri hsir shri shri thing as well? I thought I was the only one. Libby you made me laugh out loud at a net cafe in hong kong haha

  3. chaoness
    August 29, 2009

    There’s a new round of instructors coming through. They’re all the Timmy wannabes in the classes. Missedyou in Balance today, killer class!

    August 29, 2009

    @icesabre – Serious? I LOVE the sauce! But yeah, sucks when they don’t listen to such simple requests 😐@gns_moments – Haha, I thought I was the only one :p When are you coming home, Joe?@chaoness – It was raining when I woke up so I thought ‘meh’ and went back to sleep so I missed the bus into the city, hehe. Oh speaking of Timmy, he was in combat last night but instead of standing right at the front, underneath the instructor’s nose, where he usually stands, he caught sight of some young brunette on the right side of the room and he said “Why hello!” and spent the rest of the class chatting her up. Hilarious!

  5. gns_moments
    August 29, 2009

    lol i’ll be back on sunday… hahaha  everyone from hong kong who proclaims they’re from hong kong and not from mainland (living in melbourne of course) does the shir shar shir shir. I usually go for the tongue twister “She sherrrs sea sherrrls by the shiiii shorrrrr” lets see if you get that one :Plol


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