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The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

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by Sofi Sez (subscribe)
Loves being creative, spontaneous, daring and cheeky, whilst living the life of her dreams. Will be honest to admit to having a drink before noon and getting morning coffee in her pajama's...... occasionally :)
Published December 26th 2011

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is a mobile dining experience that literally takes meals on wheels to another level. Anyone who has seen this tram stationed or on the move in and around Melbourne, will no doubt wonder out of sheer curiosity (or may be not), what is it really like?

I loved it. The food is surprisingly decent for what seems to be pre-prepared, re-heated meals (where is the kitchen?). The service is exceptional and overly prompt. It is constantly moving and stopping like a usual tram and most motorists would agree it is annoyingly slow, but you wouldn't know, because of all the eating and drinking.

As soon as you step on board, it is like being transported to the early 1900s. Tassel fringe curtains line the windows, red velvet like walls, chandeliers, pretty flowers (carnations) on white clothed tables and mirrors on either side, that deceive the eye of what really is a small yet cosy space. If this isn't romantic, I don't know what is.

You have three choices from a set menu of Australian cuisine to experience which consists of a luncheon four course, early dinner three course or late dinner five course. Times and prices vary accordingly, so go to the website for an extensive and full detailed description of what you are in for.

Upon arrival, appetisers were already on the table; chicken liver and cognac pate and roasted capsicum dip both served with crackers or crispy bread (another thesaurus take on crackers).

Entree was a delicious Tasmanian ocean trout, pan-seared and served with julienne vegetables with a soy ginger reduction. The other choice was kangaroo fillet - no thanks. Mains included grilled chicken fillet (too thick) on a Mediterranean vegetable risotto with pesto, shaved parmesan and roasted tomato sauce or eye fillet of beef.

When you head back, tea and coffee await with a selection of Australian cheeses served with fruit bread and more crackers to end the meal. Oh and a full bar of wines, sparkling, beer and spirits. All this for $82.50 per person, all inclusive (yes, including the alcohol).

Be sure to plan this ride in advance to avoid disappointment. They're that busy being open 365 days a year. Pre- payment is required for all reservations and it is easy to book online.
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Why? Meals on wheels
When: 7 days 365 days a year
Where: Departs and Returns at Tramstop #125 Cnr Normanby Rd and Claredon St South Melbourne
Cost: Varies but all inclusive
Your Comment
I went on the tramcar for a wedding reception about 30 years ago, it was great fun. I'd like to take my kids on it soon. Thanks for the reminder.
by Lesley Mitchell (score: 3|3507) 3152 days ago
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