Once the Australian home of world famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba and now that of award winning, estate grown Coombe Farm Wines and the newly opened garden, restaurant and gallery facility Coombe – The Melba Estate.
Coombe Yarra Valley is one of the most unique gourmet and cultural destinations in the world, offering a stunning location for wine tasting, weddings, private events or simply dining in the beautiful a la carte restaurant.
Patrick will lead the culinary direction of our unique Yarra Valley experience, combining heritage and horticulture with exemplary cuisine. Drawing from the historical references of Auguste Escoffier, the creator of Peach Melba and utilizing house grown and local produce, Patrick will use his international background and modern techniques to create innovative and seasonal menus at Coombe.
Hong Kong born Chef Patrick Dang grew up and trained in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. Patrick’s passion lead him to work in some of the finest restaurants in the country such as MG garage (Restaurant of the year) and Salt (Awarded 2 hats.)
Patrick then moved to Hong Kong and worked as chef de cuisine at Mo Bar at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel under the 2 star Michelin chef Richard Ekkebus, where he gained knowledge on the finest products and learnt the importance of precision.
His culinary career has taken him to all corners of the globe working in prestigious kitchens, his experience spans Shanghai’s T8 restaurant which was awarded Worlds 50 Hottest Restaurants by Conde Nast, to Napa Wine Bar which was awarded the Best Fine Dining Restaurant by That’s Shanghai magazine. Patrick has worked his way through Italy, Australia, America, Southeast Asia, Mexico, the Caribbean and Hong Kong.
Travelling the globe has given him the opportunity to search for new inspirations and sensuality, to refine and strive for excellence. Patrick describes his ever evolving cooking style as simple and clean, yet bold and flavourful.
Coombe diners will be able to enjoy the new winter menu from Wednesday 28th June.
Click here to view the new menu.
Due to popular demand, Coombe will be opening the doors of Melba’s family home, for a glimpse into the extravagant life of this iconic diva. Take a step back in time and enter a world of luxury and glamour.
The Glimpse of Melba tour takes you through the vast oak front entrance door of Coombe Cottage following in the footsteps of the greatest stars of the last century. The entrance hall, once the original dairy cottage with its Chinoiserie and exquisite Royal Exchange Grandfather clock, through to the palatial dining room with superb mahogany fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Enjoy one of Australias greatest private collections of art and marvel at the sumptuous music room, Melba’s own Mason and Hamlyn piano and original chintz fabric suite from her Paris flat. Dame Nellie Melba awoke each morning with a sweeping view of the rose gardens from her blue bedroom.
Tour members will experience this vista as well as the original furnishings of her private boudoir including, Battenburg lace quilt, French dressers, Belgique glass collection, and other deeply personal effects including personal letters from the Royal household. Her bathroom features her amazing bathtub enclosed behind mirrored French doors to preserve her modesty and enhance the acoustics.
First release of these exclusive tours are avaliable now, with tours commencing from the 10th May - 1st July.
The second and final release dates are also now avaliable from the 5th July - 2nd of September. Each tour is limited to a maximum of 10 people.
Coombe Yarra Valley is located just over an hour east of Melbourne, and your own transport Coombe will be required. Each tour is $125 per person - bookings are essential. The cost includes an intimate 'A Glimpse of Melba' tour, lavish high tea, freshly brewed Yarra Valley Tea Co. tea or espresso coffee.
This very special opportunity is not to be missed.