Colonial Tramcar Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia
One of our favourite things to do in Melbourne (without the kids) is to take a trip aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. For both locals and tourists, it is a great way to travel around Melbourne and see some sights of the city while enjoying some beautiful local food and beverages at the same time.
There are three different departure times every day;
- Luncheon service (4 courses) which is from 1.00pm to 3.00pm cost is $85 per person
- Early Dinner service (3 courses) which is from 5.45pm – 7.15pm cost is $80 per person
- Late Dinner service (5 courses) which is from 8.35pm – 11.30pm cost is $121.00 Sun-Thur or $137.50 per person Fri & Sat
Pricing includes all food & beverages from a fully stocked open bar including beer, wine and spirits (note: glasses are never empty – they are filled up straight away by staff so it really is great value).
On this occasion we did the late dinner service, arriving 15 minutes before departure time as advised. While waiting we get our names checked off by staff who let us know which tram number we are on (there are usually 3 trams operating in convoy). Although it was raining on the night we did it, there is undercover shelter so you do not get wet waiting around to board.
Once on board we are seated and there is an appetiser ready and waiting. Appetiser consists of a Hummus dip and Roasted Red Capsicum dip served with water crackers. Staff arrive straight away to take drink orders and go over the menu.
For Entree, there is a choice of Duck Terrine or Smoked Salmon & Avocado. We went with the Duck Terrine but it was our least favourite dish of the night. The choice for mains is either Grilled Chicken Breast or an Eye Fillet of Beef. We went with the Beef and it was absolutely beautiful and cooked to perfection. It was served with scallop potatoes and seasonable vegetables with a beautiful red wine jus.
The last two courses of the night consisted of a dessert sharing plate and a cheese platter. The cheese platter had a couple of local cheeses served with quince, water crackers and spiced fruit loaf. The dessert sharing plate had sticky date pudding and vanilla panacotta. No complaints about any of these, they were all delicious.
There is a stop during the night, allowing a chance to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. This is usually around the Albert Park/St.Kilda part of town. Towards the end of the night there is also a chance for tea, coffee or a nightcap if you prefer. We opted for a Baileys which was a nice way to finish the trip. The service by the staff is really excellent, as mentioned earlier we never had an empty glass all night.
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is a wonderful way to capture the city of Melbourne, with great food, awesome views, nice ambience and fantastic service – can’t recommend highly enough.
For more information or to make an online booking go to www.tramrestaurant.com.au