Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun & PH: 08:30 - 22:00
This modern and slick joint at Goodman Arts Centre serves a variety of dishes that center around Italian and Australian cuisine, which includes pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. The cafe expands its menu during the weekend - do check out its brunch selection for free range organic eggs florentine and pancakes.
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The name Melba is inspired from the blend of Melbourne and Asia cuisine. Located in Goodman Arts Centre, Café Melba offer a unique dining experience. It is a family friendly cafe hidden in the tranquil garden of Goodman Arts Centre, with indoor and outdoor dining area plus plenty of space in the yard and designated children playing area for the little one to run around.
The food on offer definitely reminds LD and I of the time we were back in Melbourne. Such as Crayfish Pasta ($27). This simple looking spaghetti are infused with crustacean broth. The pasta is al-dente, robust, and well complement the fresh crayfish. The rocket salad add a slight bitterness to the dish, however it is definitely a pasta dish that you don't want to miss.
During the weekend, they have a special Weekend Roast on the menu that rotate weekly. On the day, it was Roast Pork ($30). The roast pork was on display in the kitchen passing area. It was just so inviting, we decided to order one. Three beautifully roasted cut pork saddle, served with Yorkshire pudding, roasted vegetables and apple sauce.
The meat is tender, succulent with a nice balance between meat and fats. The cracking is crispy with a bit chewiness, typical in western style roast pork. For a good measure, they also include a few crispy pork rind. The yorkshire pudding is about the size of your fist, eggy and definitely goes well with your pork and roast vegetables. The apple sauce is infused with vinaigrette to balance the fattiness in the dish. The only thing missing here is the au jus or gravy, something for the yorkshire pudding to hold on.
Ticking off one of the must try food list, I ordered Reuben Sandwich ($24). A thick solid slices of corned beef, topped with sauerkraut, melted cheese and Russian dressing in between rye bread. The portion of the sauerkraut is the same as the portion of the meat. On my first bite, the sourness really hits me, follow with tanginess. Though the sliced corned beef is tender, I just feel sourness in every bite onwards. I was not what I expected. If I ever order this again, I will definitely ask them to cut down on the sauerkraut portion or serve it on the side.
However, during the weekday visit, we also notice the inconsistency in standard of cooking. The steak on that day was done pretty ordinary. Though it has the grill mark, it did not seal the juice in the steak. LD was disappointed with the steak on the weekday.
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The décor in Café Melba is bright, airy, with see through glass windows and doors surrounding the restaurant. There is a flow between the indoor and outdoor dining area is very seamless. Service is good, though it can be hard to get their attention sometimes.
Overall, LD and I really enjoy dining at Café Melba. The food is good, the place is bright, comfortable and family friendly. Cheers Mate!!
The ambience may be good but i dont think i would want to eat there again. the place just lacks customer service. the first time i ate here i ordered a medium well steak. It came well done and very dry. I told the waiter who then told the chef. They came back to ne and said-- that is medium well. Thats it?? No sorry, no do you want us to change it ma'am as clearly it was well done! I didnt say a word and just accepted that.
i gave it a second shot this time with kids. I was thinking perhaps it was a one time thing. Woooh! We arrived at 1:45, and
Prices is on the higher side for cafes and the food quality is just decent. Staffs aren't friendly and the service needs to be very much improved. They don't allow reservations before 5pm but yet they also don't go by 1st come 1st served which is not ideal for the customers. The queuing system should be reviewed to be more fair. The outdoor seatings are terribly hot in the afternoon. Lastly, the bill comes so slowly.. more than 10 mins.. the bill has not yet to arrive and another 10 mins gone after providing the credit card.. we still have no sight of the bill.. and therefore went to the cashier to sign the bill personally and the service is extremely poor, the cashier can't even be bother to apologise for the delay and also not bothered to even say Thank you to the customers.. The customers got to find their own bill, signed off.. and take back their credit cards and go without any word of thanks. Definitely not going back again...Unless the services are improved.