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Melba Restaurant, Langham Melbourne

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.

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Melba Restaurant, Langham Melbourne
June 6, 2012

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Melba Restaurant, Langham Melbourne

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, notΒ 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. Definitely get a dessert naan – mini m&m’s and chocolate. WARNING: once you try it, you may want another.

5. 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˜‰

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:

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


17 comments on “Melba Restaurant, Langham Melbourne
  1. Michelle

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

    June 6, 2012 at 8:30 pm
  2. Hannah

    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˜€

    June 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm
  3. Sarah

    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! πŸ™‚

    June 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm
  4. Cara @ Gourmet Chick

    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!

    June 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm
  5. CheezyK

    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 …

    June 7, 2012 at 11:26 am
  6. CheezyK

    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!

    June 7, 2012 at 11:33 am
  7. Sara (Belly Rumbles)

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

    June 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm
  8. The Langham, Melbourne

    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!

    June 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm
  9. DynaLou

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

    June 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm
  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

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

    June 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm
  11. Nic@diningwithastud

    Ugh buffet heaven!

    June 8, 2012 at 11:26 am
  12. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    I remember seeing the M&M naan on Instagram πŸ™‚ 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˜€

    June 10, 2012 at 1:50 am
  13. msihua

    Sigh! I wished I could have gone.. but family comes first πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

    June 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm
  14. Agnes

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

    June 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm
  15. April

    OMG! Look at that dessert bar!!

    June 25, 2012 at 11:29 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      hehe yup, heeeeaven!

      June 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm
  16. Chris

    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.

    November 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

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