Nutritionist & Life Coach
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Published May 21st 2012
All you can eat, but classy! Melba Restaurant located at the Langham Hotel on Melbourne's Southbank is possibly the best buffet lunch in the city.
Melba Restaurant's seafood is to die for
With such a variety of food, and all at an exceptional level of quality the $80 a head buffet is very hard to beat. Let me go through the variety of food with you in greater detail.
Firstly there is a selection of roasted meats including chicken, duck, pork, beef and lamb accompanied by a variety of roasted vegetables. Moving around the buffet, you then come to an Asian section where a chef will cook your selection of meat, vegetables and noodles in a wok, right there in front of you.
The carvery at Melba
Next is what I like to call the 'Bruschetta Bar' which includes a whole heap of Mediterranean style cold items. Olives, fetta stuffed tomatoes, dolmides, cold cuts of cured meats and a variety of breads are available.
Moving along from this bar you can then find a rich variety of shell fish: prawns, lobsters, blue swimmer crabs and oysters sit on ice with a ton of 1,000 Island Dressing to dollop on your plate.
Pinch a crab or two
Then there's the tandoori ovens; you can have your naan bread custom made, including regular items such as cheese and garlic but also M&Ms and jelly lollies for those who with a sweet tooth.
Have your naan bread custom made
Rather than packing your naan with cheap sweets, you're much better off visiting the dessert bar. Replete with a chocolate fountain and a huge variety of luxurious desserts (chocolate mousse, mud cake, panna cotta, tiramisu the headline acts) you can cap off your meal in style. With the small portions, you can indulge in this dessert at your leisure - though the problem is that one is just as likely to take a dozen of the smaller portions and thus up their caloric intake. Still, it's a pretty good way to go.
Melba's extensive dessert bar caps things off nicely
If health food's your go then make sure you visit the sashimi and sushi bar and enjoy some fresh Japanese cuisine accompanied by wasabi.
With such a variety of cuisines all freshly made, the buffet lunch at Melba spoils its patrons for choice. On all my visits there, I have ended up with a very full stomach. The $80 a head price tag definitely represents value for money and if you sampled a 5-6 course degustation of such variety and quality at a city restaurant, you'd likely pay close to twice that.
With courteous and prompt table service for your drinks Melba represents a fantastic place to overindulge before staggering home and skipping breakfast the next morning.
$80?! I've never been for $80. Saturday night was $99 and I went for Sunday lunch a few weeks ago for $90. It is exceptional and despite the price, I have now been 4 times. It definitely is Melbourne's 'classiest' buffet.