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Melba at The Langham

Langham Hotel
1 Southgate Avenue
Southbank VIC 3006
Tel : +61 3 8696 8888
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Chef: Anthony Ross
Price Range: $$$$
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Named after Melbourne-born opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, this signature restaurant takes up residence at the luxurious, five-star The Langham Hotel. Offering panoramic city views from its prime position on the Southbank promenade, Melba features buffet-style, international cuisine. The restaurant is a mix of self-serve and staffed cooking stations where you can have your dish cooked as you like it and no one bats a well-groomed eyelid when you come back for seconds.

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Southbank close to the CBD.

The Melba restaurant is at the top of the grand staircase from the entry of the The Langham, Melbourne. It’s a large space with a great view across the Yarra river to Flinders Street. Redecorated in 2006, it’s glamorous in an understated way, with comfortable chairs and deep carpets, and an edible colour scheme – coffee, caramel and mocca. There is an a la carte menu, but the main attraction is the generous buffet. This is a step up from the usual. There’s not one big table, but a range of them, in different sizes: a freestanding display of oysters, one for prawns, an elegant stretch of salads for starters.

The displays are always appetising, because they are constantly replenished. For hot dishes, there are cooking stations where dishes are freshly prepared, and you can tell the chef what food you like. Stir-fries are cooked to order, so are tandoori dishes, and filled naan breads. Top choices: oysters, roasts, Indian and stir-fries. The dessert buffet looks pretty as a picture, with miniature desserts lined up like chocolates in a box. Pleasant waiters, and a sizable well-chosen wine list. Not cheap, but good value. The neighbouring Aria bar is elegant, and does a brilliant chocolate afternoon tea on Sundays.

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Panoramic city views are breathtaking from The Langham, Melbourne, located on Southbank Promenade. Overlooking the tranquil Yarra River, Langham's is nestled amongst an abundance of al fresco cafes, restaurants and boutiques. The National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, the Arts Centre and Casino are on your doorstep.

Clarendon Ballroom is the hotels largest banqueting venue. timber paneling and silk upholstered walls are featured to great advantage by the lighting of majestic Waterfort crystal chandeliers. the Clarendon Ballroom is ideal for cocktail receptions for up to 400 or theatre style for up to 360. As well it can easily be divided into three spaces.

Anthony Ross is currently the Executive Chef at Langham Hotel, Melbourne, (2001-current), a luxurious five-star hotel with 387 guest rooms. Ross commenced at the property prior to it’s re-branding from Sheraton Towers in 2004. As Executive Chef, Ross is dedicated to innovation and development in the food service industry. He has been involved in the planning of the hotel’s new Melba restaurant which will offer open and interactive kitchens and cooking stations where chefs can communicate with guests and the new Aria lounge. He also developed innovative strategies such as training his 43 culinary staff to deliver exceptional products and service, in his dedicated pursuit for guest satisfaction.

In this capacity, Ross has restructured the kitchen operation with a renewed focus on in-house production. His development of signature dishes for Melba Brasserie has further increased loyal customer patronage. Ross introduced the concept of interactive cooking during his tenure at Jupiter’s Townsville Hotel and Casino (1999-2001) in Queensland where he was Executive Chef. The new concept lead to the creation of a modern Australian a la carte menu that was endorsed by Remy Martin Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2001. Ross’ innovative style set the perfect foundation for the creation of the new interactive Melba restaurant at Langham Hotel, Melbourne. Ross’ eight year tenure (1993-1999) as Executive Chef at the Sheraton Townsville Hotel & Casino, was where he first began and developed the strategy to train kitchen staff to be interactive with customers to enhance their dining experience. As the Premierè Chef de Partie (1991-1993) at the Paul Bocuse Restaurant, Melbourne, Ross was widely recognized for his culinary skills. During this time the restaurant won in Melbourne’s The Age Good Food Guide Best New Restaurant Award (1991) and was awarded Three Chefs Hats by the same publication in 1992.

Ross’ first position in Australia was as Chef de Partie (1987-1991) at Gallery Café at Hilton on the Park, Melbourne. Here, Ross was an innovator in the east/west fusion of contemporary cuisine, combining Asian and French cooking techniques with Australian ingredients to develop their a la carte menu. Ross’ working career began in his native Hong Kong (1982 to 1987) where he was Demi Chef for Le Restaurant de France at Hotel Regal Meridian. It was here that he developed great skills and appreciation for fine French cuisine. This experience also marked the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with the acclaimed Paul Bocuse.

Using the best techniques from his French/Asian training, the best local produce to create signature dishes in a unique dining experience, Anthony’s Ross’ commitment to innovation and an inclusive managerial style ensures Ross’ service promise is always met.

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 Lifestyle Food Awards 2012
Australian 'Flavours of the World' Winner in the Lifestyle I LOVE FOOD Awards for 2012

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white wine selection

Brown Brothers Crouchen Riesling Rutherglen VIC 2007

Katnook Estate Riesling Coonawarra SA 2005

Montana Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough NZ 2007

Coldstream Hills Sauvignon Blanc Yarra Valley VIC 2007

red wine selection

Bay of Fires Pinot Noir Tasmania 2006

Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Merlot McLaren Vale SA 2006

Montana Reserve Merlot Marlborough NZ 2005

Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Shiraz McLaren Vale SA 2006

sparkling wine selection

Yellowglen Pinot Chardonnay NV

Yarra Burn Pinot Noir Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2005

Chandon Vintage Brut Yarra Valley 2003

dessert wine selection

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Melba at The Langham - User Reviews

Allison worsdell:

Melba is probably the best buffet experience in Melbourne. Really beautiful atmosphere and views of the river and city skyline, and the range of dishes is amazing - there's something to impress any kind of individual taste. Great service, and lounge too. Melba is fantastic and has a special place in my  13/01/2013

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The best buffet I've ever had & recommend everyone try at least once. The roasts are beautiful, I loved their special gravy with prime beef roast...seaford plentiful & the curry bar the best ever roti/indian bread with cheese wow what a treat for the taste buds. Order a mocktail only 9-10.00 very yummy. Dessert bar something for everyone Fri & weekends for dinner is expensive but worth every penny. Weekdays lunch 52.00 plus with much the same  11/07/2012

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Wanted to take my mother out for a special meal but she can be a little fussy with food choice and is not a big eater. The buffet at the Melba Restaurant, Langham Hotel was the perfect solution. The decor is luxurious, the views of the yarra and city skyline spectacular and the ambience superb. The variety of food from asian, indian, carvery, antipasto, seafood, sushi-made to order, chocolate fountain, dessert bar offered something for everyone. Highly recommended for international entertaining. We loved  03/03/2012

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The food prep & variety is the best I've ever had. A wonderful hotel, flawless service, taste flavours to bootreview  17/02/2012

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Restaurant Specials

Fathers Day specials & events
Celebrate Father’s Day at The Langhams award-winning Melba Restaurant. Melba has created a special menu featuring some of Dad’s favourite dishes. Adults $125. Child 4-12 $65.

Restaurant Features
Accommodation available
Award Winning/Hatted
Cooking school
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
In a 4 or 5 Star Hotel
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Area
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Weddings

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