Iron Chef Rob treated me to a very expensive anniversary dinner. I suggested the place, he took care of the rest!
I had been to the Melba Restaurnt on quite a few occasions many years ago, and knew Rob would love it as he is into food just as much as I am, if not more. The only condition was that I wasn't allowed to bring my big DSLR camera, so old faithful smaller camera came along instead.
Known as one of the best, if not the best buffet in Melbourne, the Melba Room in the Langham Hotel will not let you down.
The range of food can be found on the website here, but the only way to truly find out how good the food is, is to actually go and experience it for yourself.
Let’s just say, we ate a lot of food to get our money’s worth. For entrees there was a lovely range of fresh seafood including; prawns, muscles, oysters, crab and smoked salmon. There is also a range of sushi, continental meats, large cheese selection, salads and fruits. You can also have the soup of the day or an assortment of Asian dumplings.
For mains there is such a selection if you can’t find something you like, then you are too fussy!
Everything from a carvery to customised stir fries, pastas and there is even a tandoor.
I usually get a customized pasta but I wanted to try the stir fries as this wasn’t available when I went last time. There were two options available on that night, Mee Goreng and Fried Kway Teow. You didn’t have to stick to these, you could just point at what noodles, and ingredients you wanted to go with your customized dish. Everything from vegetables to seafood is available.
Rob got the freshly made naan with a range of tandoori meats which looked and smelt amazing.
Dessert! The best course in my opinion, there was such a variety and it was incredible. Complete with ice-cream, chocolate fountain, and a fridge full of bite sized delights, I could have eaten 1 of everything if I wasn’t so full! There were little crème caramels, rice puddings, tiramisu, lemon meringue pies, chocolate this, chocolate that and fresh fruit. 2 courses of dessert included 1 of a large variety of the above with our final plate consisting of nothing but fresh fruit!
Whilst the buffet is a set price depending on what time you go (prices available from here), the view is always breath taking overlooking Southbank and the city. Drinks cost extra, there is an extensive wine list and the service is nothing but top notch. Our waiter had charm, grace and a witty sense of humour and got a generous tip from us at the end of the night. He was very attentive always clearing our plates and making sure everything was just fine.
I would recommend anyone to the Melba Room, weather it be for a special occasion or just to try something new.
Melba at Langham Hotel
1 Southgate Ave
Phone: (03) 8696 8888