Between April and end of June 2016, the elegant upmarket restaurant, Melba at The Langham, has a sumptuous buffet headlining lobster on Tuesday nights.
The price of $89 per head brought a tear to my eye. After all I'm the person that scours WeekendNotes for free things to do. However, I was assured by the more seasoned lobster connoisseurs in our group, that it was in fact good value. But wait, there's more. If you have an Entertainment Book, you get 25% off that price, which comes down to around $66 per person. $66.75 if you want to be precise. So beg, borrow or make new friends- just get that card.
Armed with the Entertainment Book's gold card in our hot little hands, we set off to the feast. The real question is where do you begin?
Succumb to the oysters, crab, prawns and mussels on ice at the seafood station. They were so fresh, you could almost see the prawns twitch. Almost. The quality is undeniable and they were delicious. Next to the seafood, is the sashimi station with options including salmon, kingfish and tuna.
Lobsters are cooked to order along with a variety of other foods at that station including steak, pasta, cooked Asian seafood, Nasi Goreng, or Pad Thai etc. These options change every week but there is enough variety to satisfy most.
There is an Indian food buffet where you can indulge in some curry, Indian bread, a samosa or two. Melba has a reputation for its M & M naans which look like coloured jewels embedded in the bread. Very tasty.
There is a buffet section for the meat lovers with a number of different roasts up for grabs. It included beef, chicken, lamb, even Peking Duck on the night we went. The salad station is also quite substantial and enticed us with its selections of fresh and marinated vegetables.
Melba has an elaborate selection of fresh, tasty, good quality food on offer. Take your time and pace yourselves at the buffet.
If your Tuesdays tend to be more of the tight-arse variety, like mine do, I recommend maybe splurging this one time. Some High Teas cost about $50- $60 for a set menu. Here you can go back for more food/lobster/dessert again and again.
The buffet price covers water, tea and coffee. Other drinks are at additional cost. If using the Entertainment Book gold card, please remember that a maximum of three cards per table are accepted. Maybe also stop by the ATM first as Melba charges a surcharge for credit cards.