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It has literally been years since mention of visiting The Langham Hotel’s Melba restaurant first came up in conversation with J. The restaurant is undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s best buffet restaurants, and so the visit does come at a slightly heftier price tag. As a result, we decided to leave it for a special occasion. Several came and went as the years passed by, but we finally visited the restaurant when J took me for my birthday earlier this year.
As with my previous buffet restaurant post, I’ll let the photos do most of the talking.
Dining with a view - the Yarra River.
Asian duck pancakes with hoisin sauce.
I love my bread, so this was very dangerous. Especially for a buffet since the bread was very filling.
Tandoori Oven & Spice Kitchen.
Naan bread with garlic, potato, spiced lamb, spinach and cheese, or M&M’s chocolate.
Asian Wok & Clay Pot Station.
Pasta & Risotto Station.
Made to order gnocchi, served nice and hot.
Other sections included a cold meats+charcuterie section, salads and a rotisserie carving station.
Cheeses, crackers and breadsticks.
Desserts and THE CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN.
Spotted immediately as soon as we stepped foot into the restaurant, it took a lot of willpower to not make a beeline for the chocolate fountain. Fortunately, I was able to save some room for some chocolate-covered strawberries.
The best part of any buffet easily comes at the end with dessert… provided that the dessert selection itself is great! With their assortment of desserts ranging from average at worst and heavenly sweet at best, Melba Brasserie does not disappoint when it comes down to the final course.
While we’re yet to make up our minds about whether our dinner was worth every cent, our visit to Melba Brasserie did make for a memorable experience. Good thing we saved it for a special occasion!
1 Southgate Avenue,
Southbank, Victoria, 3006.
1800 641 107
After one of J.ma’s many searches on Tripadvisor, we landed at Cafe Colore for breakfast.
For a restaurant called Cafe Colore (I’m guessing Colore means colour?), only the selection of menus appeared colourful. The design of the interior was clean and sleek.
Bread basket, to accompany our omelette orders.
Pulpy orange juice and a blackcurrant juice that tasted more like a cranberry juice.
Omelette with cheese and mushrooms.
Omelette with ham and cheese.
While it was great to finally get some eggs in my system after going for some time without, the omelettes were too salted for my liking. We ended up dousing both omelettes with a load of pepper to try and counter the saltiness. The pieces of mushrooms in mine provided some relief.
For a restaurant that rated quite highly, our meals were average at best. They did however have an intriguing apple mousse! Too bad we visited during breakfast time…
Palackeho 740/1, Prague, Czech Republic
+420 222 518 816
Walking around in search of more food after a very light ‘meal’ (if you can even call it that) at Hemingway Bar, we stumbled across Haagen Dazs. While not the substantial savoury item we were looking for, we couldn’t resist the temptations of a good-tasting ice cream.
While the menu showcased a mouthwatering selection of crepes, waffles and an ICE CREAM FONDUE SET, we stuck to the conventional scoops of ice cream.
One scoop of salted caramel and one of macadamia nut brittle.
Served slightly melted (the heating was cranked up in the venue) and with the sizing of their scoops on the tinier side of things, the appearance looked flat and unappetising. Fortunately, Haagen Dazs’ reputation for producing great quality ice cream was upheld when it came down to the taste. The ice cream was creamy, and the flavours were spot on. It was perhaps a little overly sweet at times for my palate, but others won’t have any complaints. Especially with that salted caramel.
Haagen Dazs Cafe
Karlova 180/20, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic
+420 222 221 218
After another longish train ride, we found ourselves in cold, cold Prague, with at least a two degree difference between Berlin and Prague. While two degrees doesn’t sound like much, it actually did make quite a difference! Given the cold weather, we decided to warm ourselves up with a drink.
Ranked quite high on Tripadvisor’s list of Prague restaurants, we found ourselves at Hemingway Bar. The venue was fairly quiet when we had first arrived, with a few tables in the smoking section occupied and the upstairs non-smoking area completely empty. As the hour hand ticked forward, we were joined by a few others in the upstairs section.
The rules listed at the front of the menu. Hmmm…
Raspberry and lychee smash - Absolut vodka, lychee liqueur, fresh mandarin, lychee, raspberry puree, fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar.
Raspberries, good. Lychees, also good. Combine the two in the drink, and you have one smashingly delicious cocktail.
Applepearska - Absolut Pears vodka, apple liqueur, fresh lime, cinnamon syrup and pear puree.
I enjoyed the pear and apple combination, but wasn’t very fond of the cinnamon presence. J.ma was a fan.
Cheesy bread sticks.
Bread sticks? More like cheesy, flaky biscuit sticks. Served straight from a packet of some sort I imagine.
Mexican nachos, with sweet and chilli sauce, and sour cream.
After seeing the word nachos on their menu,I was expecting tortilla chips topped with salsa and smothered with melted cheese. At least that’s what we normally get back at home. Instead, I was fairly disappointed with just your average tortilla chips (again, straight out of packet), served with sweet chilli sauce and sour cream. Some salsa at the very least would have been nice.
While the drinks won us over, the food didn’t fare too well. After drinking on an empty stomach, we had to leave to search for something more substantial. It’s a shame, because there were some other tasty-sounding concoctions on their cocktail list.
Karoliny Svetle 26, Prague 1 (Praha 1), Prague, Czech Republic.
24th November - 25th November 2013
As already mentioned in my previous post detailing our time spent in Heidelberg, the next and final part of our Germany adventures took us to Berlin.
Our first day started off nice and early with a short train ride to Mannheim, before boarding a train that would see us stuck in a compartment for 5.5 hours (thanks to a one hour stop in the middle of nowhere). Luckily for me, sleeping helped the time pass by quicker.
Our train was supposed to arrive at 1.25pm. Check out the time of arrival…
We squeezed in some night time sightseeing whilst we made our way to Checkpoint Charlie in search of a decent restaurant for dinner. We saw the setting up of the Berlin Christmas Markets, which were to open the very next night. Lucky us!
Since we really only had one full day in Berlin, we decided to make the most of it by joining a free walking tour. With a reputation as the best of the best, we decided to take our ‘business’ to Sandermans. While the tour itself is free, tips come at the end as a way of paying the guides who aren’t paid by the company.
Meeting point for the tour: Starbucks at Pariser Platz, near the Brandenburg Gate.
We couldn’t resist the temptation of a hot beverage from Starbucks to ward off the 1 degree weather.
Lynsey, our excellent guide. Her enthusiasm and humour really had a way of bringing the history to life before our eyes.
The Brandenburg Gate.
Hotel Adlon. THAT very same hotel where MJ held his kid over the balcony.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
The increased quietness and darkness encountered as we headed towards the centre of the memorial in single file really made each of us think about the significance of the memorial and what it represented.
The Berlin Wall.
Hmmm, not what I was expecting…
The French and German Cathedrals.
Scene to the Christmas Markets.
From the words of Heinrich Heine: Das war ein Vorspiel nur, dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen. Which translates to “that was only a prelude; where they burn books, they ultimately burn people”. The plaque, alongside an underground room with empty shelves for 20,000 books, was put in place to mark the 1933 event where 20,000 books were burnt at the square.
Some more Christmas Markets encountered on our way to Alexa Shopping Centre.
Shopping heaven at Alexa Shopping Centre, Alexanderplatz.
Managed to kill a couple of hours here, but did do some damage to my credit card in the process…
Humboldt Universitat by night.
After all our shopping, we slowly made our way back over to the Christmas Markets located between the two cathedrals. For more photos and details on our time spent at the Christmas Markets, click here.
Berlin restaurant adventures:
Click on the pictures to link to the full review post.
Am Food Lounge Berlin.
Next up: Prague!