Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Experience
People tend to ask me, what is the memorial thing I did in Melbourne? I simply tell them, the dinner at the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. The only moment that I can relate to its similarity is the Chao Phraya River Cruise in Bangkok or the Live Tango Performance Dinner in Buenos Aires Argentina. Melbourne is famous for its trams and having a dinner on a colonial tramcar itself is classic.
So then back in February, I was the lucky to have the opportunity to dine at Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It was the second last day of my Victoria trip. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant offers one and half hours of dining experience in the tram with 3 courses meal included. If you are looking forward for a fancy but yet nostalgic dinner, this is the right one.
The moment I stepped into the tram, the feeling and the atmosphere was phenomenon. It was as if I time travel back to the past. The lights, the chairs, the table and the whole ambience were all from the past.
After getting into my seat, the friendly waiter then offer me a drink. Sparkling, Victorian Red and White Wine, Beer, Bourbon, Whiskey, Brandy, Gin, Rum, Dry Vermouth, Vodka, Cognac, Tia Maria, Cointreau, Frangelico, Port, Dramb are available for dinner.
As the tramcar starting to move, the chef then explained briefly about the dinner. There are 2 choices for the menu. Since I’m sharing with my guide, we ordered a slightly different menu.
For starter, we had Chicken Liver and CognacPâté crowned with pink peppercorns, served with crisp breads.
Then for the main, we ordered the Macadamia Chicken grilled chicken breast on sweet potato mash and baby spinach with a macadamia pesto sauce
And also we ordered the Victoria Farm Eye Fillet of Beef with potato and herb rosti, seasonal vegetables, onion marmalade and rich beef jus
Then, we had our desserts which is the Warm Sticky Date Pudding with butterscotch sauce and cream
And also the Chocolate Dome on a sponge wafer, topped with toasted almond flakes and a vanilla raspberry syrup
Lastly, we completed the dinner with a smooth cup of coffee. It is always nice to end a meal with coffee.
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant sweets.
There are 4 schedule services available:
Luncheon with 4 Course Meal: 1 – 3 pm for AUD$ 82.50
Early Dinner for 3 Course Meal: 5.45 – 7.15pm for AUD$ 77
Late Dinner (Sun-Thu) for 5 Course Meal: 8.35-11.30pm for AUD$ 121
Late Dinner (Fri-Sat) for 5 Course Meal: 8.35-11.30pm for AUD$ 137.50
I took the early dinner package for AUD$77 for 3 course meal. Please bear in mind, the cost is fully inclusive of all food and beverages from their fully stocked bar. Maximum party size is 108 persons (36 passengers per tram). They operate 7 days a week, all year round. Smoking is NOT allowed. Please be at stated place of departure no later than 15 minutes prior to the departure time. In another word, be early!
Sunset scenery of St. Kilda beach from the tramcar.
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant departs from and returns to Tramstop # 125 Normanby Road, near the corner of Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. You will find us located diagonally across the road from Crown Casino and adjacent to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
Passengers must arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the departure time.
Please be aware the trams must depart promptly at the scheduled departure time, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is not able to wait for late arrivals.
It was an amazing experience, classy with proper fine dining. If you want to impress someone or to have a memorable experience in Melbourne, you can really try this. Or if you want to have a classic party, maybe you can book them? That will be one outstanding party. Check out their address and contact details below if you are interested to book your dinner in advance. Thank you, Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for the dining experience.
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Address and Contact:
PO Box 372, South Melbourne
3205, Victoria, Australia
Telephone +61 3 9696 4000
Facsimile +61 3 9696 3787
Check out my other Visit Victoria 2011 9 Days experiences by clicking the link below:
Visit Victoria Day 8: Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar, Coffee Tour, Shark Walk, Victoria Market and Chinatown
Visit Victoria Day 9: Gold Class Limousines and Goodbye Australia