Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Restaurant Review: Melba Brasserie

Location: 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
Phone: 18 0064 1107
Link: melbarestaurant.com.au
Cuisine: Buffet, International, Asian
Overall Impression: 6/10


Melba Brasserie serves what is arguably the most highly regarded buffet in Melbourne. Incorporating food from a diverse range of cultures and various interactive features within the dining experience, it is easy to understand why Melba Brasserie has become as popular as it is.
The ambience is surprisingly informal although the waitstaff sincerely try to provide an elegant dining experience. It is however, due to the plain fact that guests are for the most part up and about, not easy to be attentive. We had to request for our wine glasses to be filled a few times over the course of the evening. Whilst this would have been unacceptable at a fine dining establishment, as it is a buffet it is difficult to be too critical.
There is an elevated platform at the centre of the dining hall which features a good variety of seafood and salads. In terms of quality, these were of a high standard.
There are a few “interactive cooking stations” that are a popular choice among diners. These stations are interactive in the sense that you can choose what you would like prepared for you. We were spoilt with choice – on offer were hand rolled sushi, sashimi, Asian stir fries, dumplings, pastas, various curries, roasts and much more.
The sashimi and sushi served were of a particularly brilliant quality. They tasted very fresh and were all sliced perfectly with skill and precision.
The dessert bar also featured a wonderful array of choices.
Located within the Langham Hotel, Melba Brasserie has stunning panoramic views. As you peer out the large glass windows you see the beautiful glistening Yarra River and the city skyline.
Our dinner costs us approximately $130 per person (the buffet itself, excluding drinks, costs $94.90 on a Friday night). While the value for money proposition is questionable, Melba Brasserie is certainly the best buffet I have ever been to. All in all, it was an enjoyable dining experience although given the accolade that the restaurant has received, slightly underwhelming. 
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1 comment:

Langham Melbourne said...

Thank you for sharing your experience with your fans on our Melba restaurant. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the quality of our food and the variety of our dessert station. You have taken some wonderful photos and we’re so pleased that you could review our restaurant and that you found your experience enjoyable. Whilst the price may seem high, we feel with the endless selection of seafood, Chinese dumplings, Italian pastas to Indian curries, Tandoori oven specialties and Melbourne’s best dessert station makes coming to dine an unforgettable experience. Please do note that we offer alternative pricing for lunch and dining Monday to Thursday.

Thank you once again for sharing your experience and we look forward to welcoming you back to review us again.