Some experiences should be reserved for special occasions. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is one of them. It is historical and inimitable. A vintage tramcar with a renewed glory snails through 19th-century buildings and colorful boulevards of Melbourne and serves you the finest cuisines in the city.
While Duck Terrine and sparkling champagne vie for your sincerity, the fleeting sight of the street art reminds you that Melbourne can catch you unaware. This three-hour journey through the city is a double blessing. It impresses the traveler and the foodie in you.
So, next time you go on a date or find a reason to celebrate, choose to dine in a moving streetcar and let the good times flow. Here are some facts that make a compelling case for this unique restaurant.
Taking a ride in historical tramcars of the 1940s is an experience that not many would like to relinquish. The present fleet includes two 1948 SW6 class trams (937 and 939): meticulously curated and diligently done. It's a beautiful feeling to see how these streetcars have been refurbished to provide all modern amenities you would expect in a fine dining restaurant. At first glance, these colonial tramcars remind you of the Pullman luxury trains in Europe.
The 'glossy burgundy' exterior of the tramcar complements the elegant interior. As you sink into the plush velvet seats, admire the distinctly beautiful brasswork, and listen to soft background music, what you take away is an impeccable dining experience. These air-conditioned streetcars come with stabilizers to ensure the smoothest possible ride across the 'Second City' of Australia. And yes, mood lighting goes well with the setting.
What's on the Menu?
Menu is seasonal and reflects the diversity in Australian cuisine. While Hummus Dip and Roasted Red Capsicum Dip create the first impression, dishes like Grilled Chicken Breast and Victorian Farmed Eye Fillet of Beef raise the expectation, which will be met by Smoked Salmon & Avocado. Round off the dinner with cheese tasting plate and date pudding. When you dine at the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, you can satiate your thirst for Victorian wines and cognacs. Your glass will be endlessly sparkling in joy.
The restaurant on wheels departs from the Normanby Road and glides through some of the illustrious neighborhoods of South Melbourne. The lunch ride through the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Albert Park is as fulfilling as a late-dinner ride through St Kilda, Prahran, and Malvern. Crown Casino, the Queen Victoria Markets, the Palais Theatre, and Albert Park Aquatic Centre could be the other highlights of this journey.
When this enduring symbol of Melbourne started delighting its guests in 1983, it became the first traveling tramcar restaurant in the world. The exclusivity of the restaurant is not just tethered to its age, but the innovative approach it brings to dining.
Restaurant for All Occasions
Whether you want to host an exclusive Christmas party or enjoy a hearty breakfast before you hit the Flemington Racecourse (obviously, for the Melbourne Cup), you can always count on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant to delight you. It offers early dinner to its guests who dedicate their nights to theaters and cultural pursuits.Published On: Friday, October 9th, 2015