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Published November 9th 2009
Are you ready for a dining experience to remember? If not, it's time to get ready. The Melba Restaurant experience is like no other.
Melba Restaurant, located at the Langham Hotel, has redefined the buffet to develop what is, by far, one of the best dining experiences in my long and extensive foodie-history. And it overlooks the Yarra River and a pretty cityscape to boot.
You can order from an a-la-carte menu or graze and feast like royalty on a banquet of exceptional food, much of which is prepared before your eyes by convivial, knowledgeable chefs at the various open, interactive kitchens.
The cuisines on offer are fabulously diverse and include Asian delicacies, Indian dishes (watch your filled Naan bread bubble and blister in the Tandoori oven), Italian pastas and risottos, and a classic carvery.
The antipasto and cheese selection is as mesmerising to look at as it is to eat (well, almost), and the sashimi and sushi exquisite. Leave room for decadent desserts comprising a truly amazing array of miniature sweets, or perhaps a soufflé cooked to order. I had both – naturally!
Please don't take simply take my word for it. Check out a sample dinner menu for a tempting glimpse at both the quality and range on offer.
As if that wasn't enough, check out a few other enticements. Holy moley, I'm getting hungry!
Melba is always evolving and seems to always have something interesting and different happening. Check out the special treats here.
The set price varies according to when you visit, and the value for money is extraordinary. A word of warning, plan for a long, extended stay – and pace yourself!
Monday to Thursday dinners are fantastic value at $55.90 per person (in November), and don't have the time limits imposed on Friday and Saturday evenings. For that price in many restaurants, you'd be lucky to get two courses of the quality that's served at Melba.
If you're not sure where the Langham is, stand on the Princes Bridge and look southwest along Southgate Avenue for the tall building with the big yellow 'L' on it.