In the month of December The Melba room ups the prices and gives you a Christmas buffet experience. And they do it well. It is a stylish and satisfying experience for this time of the year.
What do you get for those extra dollars? Christmas fare, more choice and a beautifully decorated hotel. Then there is the view, the river and the opulence. They all add to the experience.
I wonder how many households actually cook a turkey or bake a ham these days. The Melba turkey was moist, delicious and served with cranberry sauce. It is exactly as you would want yours to turn out after you had had it in the oven for hours The baked ham is a treat. I don’t eat oven baked ham very often and it is a pity because it is a far cry from the shaved stuff in the supermarkets.
For Christmas they are also serving their five spiced duck pancakes, roasted chicken, beef and lamb. Their roasts are always good and the turkey and ham are extra for the season.
I haven’t eaten here for well over a year, possibly two years so I have forgotten exactly what I had before but I do know that the cheese area has increased in size and I believe that there is more seafood including oysters for December.
In the Charcuterie section you can sample rabbit and prune, and chicken and tarragon terrine both delicious and a nice touch of French cuisine. There was Christmas pudding and brandy sauce, tiny Christmas mince pies and of course the ever popular chocolate fountain.
If you consider having the Langham Christmas experience plan to make an afternoon of it. It opens at noon and you have until three to slowly eat your way around the food stations. At three they begin to clear away and leave you with dessert and cheese until four. We left about 3.45 after a glamorous, relaxed and pampered experience. The staff is attentive and helpful at all the food stations.
For Christmas the price is $95.00 per head Monday to Friday, Senior card holders get a reduction of $8 on Monday and $4 on other Weekdays. The price for lunch on Saturday and Sunday is $105.00. This price doesn’t included drinks or coffee. Coffee is an extra $6.00
The Melba Room, The Langham Hotel, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southgate
Phone:- 8696 8888.
You can enter from The Southbank Promenade along the river or it is just off St Kilda Road, in Southgate Avenue
Any tram that goes to Federation Square or Flinders Street Station will get you there.
There is parking underneath.
Things do change – read my previous post about lunch at The Melba Room in 2010 -this was not a Christmas lunch