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Luxe Chinese New Year Dinner at Melba Restaurant, The Langham Melbourne

The Langham, Melbourne is showcasing authentic Chinese cuisine for its 2023 Chinese New Year Dinner, curated by Executive Chef Thomas Rappl. This luxe buffet experience for lunch and dinner at Melba Restaurant is from Sat 21st to Friday 27th January 2023.

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Each year The Langham hosts a special dinner and I was privileged to be part of a media preview. This refreshing cocktail on arrival was a perfect start.

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Table settings were a work of art.

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Tasmanian oysters were fresh and flavorsome.

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Tender melt in your mouth poached chicken.

Specialty Chinese dishes hit the high notes of skill, excellence and taste with impeccable Langham style and service.

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We enjoyed a bevvy of Chinese New Year Celebration Dishes that were imaginative and sophisticated.

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Whole fish was a triumph of taste and silky texture.

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Kudos to The Langham chefs.

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Lobster heaven.

Desserts were spectacular, intricate and imaginative.

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Egg custard tart was a showstopper.

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Those views.

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Here is the menu: 

Prosperity Salad

Rabbit Maki

Happiness Appetisers

Chinese pot sticker pork and cabbage dumpling with vinegar and ginger sauce
Tasmanian oysters with special XO chilli sauce and spring onions
Double boiled chicken soup with lotus, goji and ginger
Braised abalone with fish maw, shiitake mushroom and shao shin wine

Main Dishes

“Bao Bun” with homemade style marinated BBQ pork scotch fillet and mustard greens
Western Australian lobster with egg noodles and spring onions
Drunken steamed king prawn with ginger, spring onion, coriander and goji berries
Ginger poached chicken with Gai Lan, crispy garlic and oyster sauce
Whole steamed Garopa fish with soy sauce, hot sesame oil, ginger and spring onions

Sweet Endings

Fortune Cookie Tuille
Jujube tea cake with Yuzu chocolate
Fermented rice panna cotta, mung bean with Mautai and Osmanthus jelly
Mini “Red Apple”, Ube crémeux with coconut jelly and chocolate rice crisp
Black sesame and cherry matcha opera
Kalamansi tart with chickpea meringue
Egg custard tart
“Good Luck” shortbread cookies