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Melba Restaurant

“Melba at Southbank's Langham Hotel has been my "go to" buffet place for years. With it's large array for fresh seafood, it's the start of many good things to come.”

Dining | June 6, 2012
Melba Restaurant

Melba Restaurant

I remember my very first trip to the Melba buffet. I couldn’t tell you when it was, but it was a VERY VERY long time ago. Back when they had wicker chairs, the hotel was the Sheraton, and the buffet looked like this.

My Mum’s boss took us there for a lunch once or twice, and since then it’s become a favourite amongst our family… especially if you like seafood. Heck, even if you don’t and have a love for roast meats, Indian food, dessert, etc, you will be more than happy!

These days, there is such a variety, with the inclusion of a sushi chef, tandoor, noodles and pasta, and an even bigger variety of seafood than you’ll ever need. If you leave this place hungry, you are doing it wrong. I’m not a huge fan of buffets, but I totally LOVE this place. The food is always good, not mediocre.

And if you can’t find a dessert you like here, there is something seriously wrong with you!

So, here are my tips when dining at Melba:

  1. Start with the seafood
  2. Once you are perhaps done with the seafood, move onto the hot items; roasts, dumplings, pastas, tandoor. Hot stuff makes you feel full and sleepy
  3. Go nuts until you can manage dessert. Although if there is something you really want for dessert, maybe get it half way through like Adrian did πŸ˜›
  4. Waddle home or book a room upstairs and flake out on the bed…. if you do that, buffet breakfast is available in the morning πŸ˜‰
  5. Definitely get a dessert naan – mini m&m’s and chocolate. WARNING: once you try it, you may want another.

Service is always exceptional at Melba.

The food itself is ALWAYS fantastic. I love getting fresh sushi made on request. I remember I first tried eel at Melba. The sushi chef asked me if I ever had it before, to which I replied ‘no’. So he made some up for me with the other things I was getting. The soft shell crab handrolls, fresh sashimi are also a highlight.

And they have been around for 20 years, so they are certainly doing something right!

Check out my other posts on Melba and Aria Bar, or check out their website for more details:

Some nights even have some specials including 19 different naans!! To see what they are:

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Iron Chef Shellie dined compliments of Melba Restaurant and Media Moguls.

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17 comments on “Melba Restaurant
  1. Michelle - June 6, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    ah, i received a newsletter about this too. πŸ˜€

  2. Hannah - June 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Fresh sushi and dessert naan?! That’s incredible for a buffet! I’m usually disappointed with buffet desserts so stock up on the fresh seafood and cheese πŸ˜€

  3. Sarah - June 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Fab post and beautiful pictures! It was such a great night, I want to go back for their “19 Naans” night. Might need a few gym sessions beforehand though! :)

  4. Cara @ Gourmet Chick - June 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I went to The Langham for Mothers Day for afternoon tea and loved it – will have to go back and try the works at Melba!

  5. CheezyK - June 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Melba will always have a special place in my heart … we breakfasted there way back when it was the Sheraton on the first morning of our honeymoon and then again as The Langham on our *cough* tenth anniversary. Looks to me like we need to make a trip in for dinner one day too …

  6. CheezyK - June 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Melba will always hold a special place in my heart. We breakfasted there when it was the Sheraton on the first day of our honeymoon and then again when it was a part of the Langham on our tenth anniversary. Looks like we need to make the effort to go back for dinner one day, what a gorgeous spread!

  7. Sara (Belly Rumbles) - June 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Oh wow what a gorgeous spread. The desserts!!! Love your before and after shot of the restaurant, how it has changed.

  8. The Langham, Melbourne - June 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Michèle,
    Thank you for attending our event at Melba restaurant. The hotel and restaurant has dramatically changed and would welcome everyone to come back and experience the variety of our interactive stations. Thank you once again for attending and sharing your experience with your fans. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon with your family.

    P.S. We loved your 5 tips on dining at Melba!

  9. DynaLou - June 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I love these variety of food and I guess when we come to shops, we would prefer more choices of food like this one..

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - June 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    The dessert array looks impressive! Like a shop display! πŸ˜€

  11. Daisy@Nevertoosweet - June 10, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I remember seeing the M&M naan on Instagram :) I’ve been meaning to go to Melba but i just haven’t had the chance hehe and it’s funny cuz I work near there! Gotta go with Mr Bao soon he’s gonna be SO HAPPY πŸ˜€

  12. msihua - June 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Sigh! I wished I could have gone.. but family comes first :)

    I too remember when it was the Sheraton.. man I think I stayed there for a week, and it was ahmazing! We still talk about the amazing omelettes we had there back in the day… I don’t think the omelette bar does it that good anymore.. but memories always taste better anyway :)

  13. Agnes - June 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Sounds and looks awesome! But I think your #1 tip should’ve been: fast for a week before eating there. πŸ˜‰

  14. April - June 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

    OMG! Look at that dessert bar!!

  15. Chris - November 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Melba is too expensive unless you eat like me – 120 oysters, 20 prawns, 2 full crabs, 6 yabbies, 4 plates of sashimi, 4 peking ducks, 2 chicken drumsticks, 1 singaporean noodle containing chinese sausage, 1 indian plate and 3 plates of dessert.

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