Pacific: 86-16 Queens Blvd.,
Cuisine: Classic Cantonese Cuisine
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Parking: Rear parking is available with direct entrance to the
Credit Cards: Master Card and Visa.
Reservations: Recommended but not required.
If youre an adventurous sort and looking to titillate your taste
buds, then the Pacific Restaurant on Queens Blvd. is the place for you.
The Pacific Restaurant was formerly Ko Shings Restaurant for 10
years, but the previous owners retired their reigns to the capable hands of Kai Chan who
reopened the doors under the new name in April.
Chan has succeeded in keeping the establishments previous
clientele by keeping some of Ko Shings favorite dishes, he has also update the menu
to bring the traditional cuisine into the 21st century.
The first thing youll notice when you enter the restaurant is the
table settings: round tables to accommodate two, four and six people. The seating is
designed for family style dining because there are no individual servings of the Cantonese
A gourmet tasting menu for two averages $38, a party of four will
average $68 and a party of six averages $98. The beverage commonly served with the meals
is black tea (or red tea), however soda drinks are also available.
According to Tat Chan, Kai Chans son, one of the things that set
Pacific apart from other restaurants is the food is prepared to order, "the food can
only be enjoyed when it is cooked from scratch," he said.
My dining companion and I started out with some of the menus
Cantonese Style Roast Specials a selection which included duck, pig (with skin
crackling), and chicken served with scallions. The meats were cut into squares to make it
easier to pick up with chopsticks. The dishes were accompanied with hoisin and minced
garlic sauce, which was delightful.
The meats were followed by an appetizer of steamed giant oysters on the
half-shell with black bean and garlic sauce. The oysters were tremendous, succulent and
beyond anything I have ever tasted.
After the appetizers, we were treated to some of Pacifics main
courses. Stuffed Crispy Tofu Briquettes over a bed of sautéed Conch slices, Pan Fried
Flounder with a crispy bone (a former Ko Shing specialty), Cantonese Style Lobster (which
are delivered from Canada and tanked on the premises), and Young greens sautéed with
garlic and ginger.
The restaurant serves a lunch special from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., which
average $5, and the dinner menu begins after 4 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Catering Packages are also available but only for pickups. To learn
more about Pacifics menu check out their web site at