Culinary marvel at Melba

Jack Hayes

When it comes to hotel restaurants, few hold the fame and reach of Melba Restaurant at The Langham Melbourne.

The buffet overlooking Melbourne’s beating heart and the Yarra River forms a memorable backdrop only matched by an incredible array of locally sourced produce and innovative dishes from around the globe.

From the show-stopping Seafood Harvest featuring a selection of Australian prawns, Tasmanian oysters and even butter-poached lobster, or the sushi and sashimi station with sake-infused abalone and local kingfish, to an Indian feast of tandoori pork belly and lamb rogan josh, there truly is something for even the most discerning palate.

Director of sales and marketing at The Langham Melbourne Andre Jacques told Southbank News by instilling an unwavering commitment to champion the best local produce, coupled with a team of long-serving and recognised chefs, Melba has become a destination restaurant of global notoriety.

“Much of our focus is centred on making sure our chefs have the freshest all items, but particularly seafood sourced either direct from the market or through local seafood providers,” Mr Jacques said.

“Our buffet menu suits dietaries of all types, so, there is always going to be something for you, the only issue you will have is trying to figure out what to choose.”

“As the seasons change, so too does our menu under the guidance of our executive chef Thomas Rappl and executive pastry chef Markus Bohm.

Melba’s buffet dining experience of over 40 different dishes offers the perfect landscape for diners and multigenerational families; while you’re off sifting through the choice of house-cured salmon or chargrilled tiger prawns, your kids will be enjoying the famous chocolate fountain.


With a literal smorgasbord of dishes, it would be easy to become overwhelmed by the choice, but with friendly staff on hand, all you need to worry about is how to fit it all in.

Mid-week lunch, from Monday to Thursday will set diners back just $85 per person, Friday lunch will cost you $95 and it’s $145 on the weekend.

“We have a special Easter Sunday lunch with Easter eggs and chocolates, and even an appearance from the Easter bunny for $189 which includes a glass of champagne,” Mr Jacques said.

“We will also be open for Good Friday with our Seafood selection an incredibly popular choice for diners.”

“My suggestion is always to start with the sushi and sashimi and some seafood, then move on to the salads and some of the hot dishes. Yes, you can taste everything we have to offer, it’s just a matter of fitting it in.”
After taking a round-the-world culinary journey Melba’s pasta, Asian street food or Indian stations, you’ll land in sweet tooth heaven with fresh fruit, crème brûlée, lemon meringue and tiramisu just a small selection of the crowd favourite desserts.

Melba Restaurant is located within The Langham Melbourne at 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank. •

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