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Melba Restaurant

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 31st 2019
A five star hotel with a five star buffet
Hotel sign
Welcome to the Langham Hotel

Melba Restaurant is the restaurant in the Langham Hotel.

Welcome to Melba

The dining room has nice views of the Yarra River, if you can take your eyes off the food.

Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Yarra River.

The food is a buffet service, with a range to suit all tastes, although many dishes were custom cooked for you.

Busy, busy cooking.

The first food you notice on entering is a large display of very colourful and inviting prawns, sharing the area with mussels and crab legs.

This greets you on entering.

More seafood.

We were part of a small wedding group on a table of 16. It was a Friday lunch and the restaurant was almost full, but not noisy.

The tables are spread out along the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Yarra.

The choice of food was large. A carvery was attended by a chef delicately carving your choice of meat whilst another was preparing to order five spice duck pancakes.

Food on plate
second or third helping?

A difference to many buffets was a number of authentic Indian curries, with several types of naan bread cooked while you waited, and a very short wait it was.

Indian food.
Genuine Indian cuisine

Cold meats and salads were available and vegetarians were also well catered for.

A portion of the cold selection.

Desserts were mainly a huge variety of petit fours. I also noticed a huge dish of good old fashioned bread and butter pudding.

Petite fours
The petite deserts

Small petits, large smile

Only a small selection of cheeses, but they were all gourmet.

The cheese and crackers selection.

Children were not forgotten. Apart from eating at half price for 4-12 year olds, the chocolate and vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone was very popular.

Ice cream
A junior desert complete with a junior.

Friday lunch is priced at $67-00.
Saturday lunch is $94-00
Sunday lunch is $104-00.

Being a buffet we helped ourselves to the food, but the staff were very friendly and efficient with used plates promptly removed from tables and water glasses kept topped up. And orders for other drinks were promptly attended to.

Overall, everything is what you would expect from a five-star hotel and we weren't disappointed.
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Where: Melba Restaurant Langham Hotel, 1 Southgate Avenue, Melbourne.
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