Day 7: Dining @ The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant – Melbourne, Australia

Since Malaysia was on holidays the past week, my mind was in the clouds as well. I ended up reminiscing my Aussie trip, and at the same time wondering when’s my next one will be, as I have been exploring within Malaysia lately, but haven’t been out of the country.

Well, it’s a period of change for me now, so a trip out of Malaysia may not be so soon. However, I have sweet memories to hang on to & while I looked through my Aussie pics (trust me, there are tons of them!); a particular one stood out. It was an experience like no other, and I giggled to myself when I tried to imagine myself dining on our Malaysia’s LRT trains.

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LOL, not knowing what I’m taking about? Thinking I have gone bonkers?

Well, it’s this!

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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant offers lunch and dinner in some of Melbourne’s oldest trams dating back to 1927, which have been elegantly refurbished in Pullman style decor to become the world’s first mobile tramcar restaurant. Glazed windows allow diners to privately enjoy the passing scenery while enjoying a meal.

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Yes, a meal on wheels (tracks??) in the literal sense.

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The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant departs 3 times a day, for Luncheon (4-course meal), Early Dinner (3-course meal) and Late Dinner (5-course meal) with beverages from the fully-stocked bar included in the set price.

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Prices vary for each meal – so do check out here.  http://www.tramrestaurant.com.au/en/schedule/

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Our meal (we were on the Early Dinner set) comes with an appetiser, a main & a dessert for AUD77 (approx RM254.00).

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Dinner drinks includes any of the below, without additional charges or limit of servings. Alcoholics rejoice?? :P

Sparkling, Victorian Red and White Wines
Beer, Bourbon, Whiskey, Brandy, Gin, Rum, Dry Vermouth, Vodka
Coffee and Tea
Cognac, Tia Maria, Cointreau, Frangelico, Port, Drambuie

We ordered a few drinks to go with our meal & by now (this was on the 7th day of my Aussie trip), wines & beers has become customary pairing for our meals in Aussie.

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The Appetiser: The tastiest Chicken & Cognac Pate & Red capsicum dip! I would have licked the bowl if I could!

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Butter with our buns.

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 Our mains: Victorian Farmed Eye Fillet of Beef.

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Mine: The Macadamia Chicken.

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Desserts: The sticky date pudding.

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Food is “Australian” & if I were to be critical, the meal was really nothing to shout about. But this was one of the more memorable dining experience I had in Melbourne, especially since it’s aboard the famous fleet of historical trams that have become the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.

Departure is from and the whole journey was nicely paced at about 2 hours or so. Service was brisk but professional on the tram. Service staff were matured, stiffly polite and well attired in their smart uniforms. Though I’m not that old, I felt transported back a few centuries (would that timeline be a stretch? My history is really bad, LOL), back to the days of…. well, days when people still travel by such trams!

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After dinner: MORE DRINKS.
We had brandy & coffee & tea as the tram cruised along smoothly, and alongside is the beautiful scenery of which Melbourne is famed for.

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Complimentart chocolates too.

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The route:
All services are scheduled to travel through the city and surrounding suburbs, for example, Albert Park, St Kilda and South Melbourne.  Alterations to the trip could be made due to traffic disruptions.

Departing from the Departure Point in Melbourne.Melbourne is truly a beautiful city!

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A city rich in culture & art.

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The Palais Theater in the beach suburb of St Kilda.

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St Kilda Beach.

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Albert Park – an inner city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3 km south from Melbourne’s central business district.

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Quaint, picturesque, pretty, colourful. These are the adjectives that comes to mind when you see these lovely houses & its neighbourhood no?  Yes, Melbourne is truly a wonderful city to live in.

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Even the shops are so charming!

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Back to the city at the end of our route.

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The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant departs 3 times a day, for Luncheon (4-course meal), Early Dinner (3-course meal) and Late Dinner (5-course meal) with beverages from the fully-stocked bar included in the set price.

Phone
Website
Status
Operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Hours
Mon – Sat: 5:45 pm 7:15 pm
8:35 pm 11:30 pm
Sun: 5:15 pm 7:15 pm
8:35 pm 11:30 pm

To get there:

Public Transit:
Tram to our Departure Point: Take #96 St Kilda tram or #109 Port Melbourne tram.
Departure point is located on the corner of Normanby Road and Clarendon Street, behind the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and adjacent to Crown Casino. There is secure parking at both venues at an additional cost.

The Departure Point:

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MAP:

Tramcar_Map

Want the whole tram exclusively to yourself?
The Tramcar Restaurant can be scheduled for exclusive private charters including Breakfast, Luncheon, Morning Tea and High Tea. Book online.

Are gift vouchers available?
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant offers open dated gift certificates for Luncheon, Early Dinner and Late Dinner.  Presented in a special souvenir folder they make an ideal gift for Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays or any special occasion. Book online.

How many patrons can be accommodated?
108 passengers.  Our fleet consists of 3 travelling Tramcar Restaurants with a maximum seat capacity of 36 passengers on each. There is a section of 24 and of 12 on each Tramcar.
Each section has booths for 4 people & 2 people. And on each Tramcar we have a Maitre d, Waiter and Chef.

How is payment required?
Full payment is required 30 days prior to departure.  Should your reservation fall within the 30 day period, full payment is due upon booking.  Payment can be made by cheque, money orders and all major credit cards are accepted.  Alternatively you can visit their office located at Level 1, 566 City Road,
South Melbourne or book online now.

Thanks again to Tourism Australia & Tourism Victoria for the fabulous 10 days trip!

And if you are ever in Melbourne, do not miss a chance to dine on the TramCar Restaurant! :P

My overall Aussie trip video: 10days, over 70 places visited & 5 hotels!

All pictures are:
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