If you get the chance to enjoy a meal on the Colonial Dining Tramcar definitely do!!! This blog post is my opinion only based on our experience and was in no way funded by ( or connected to ) the restaurant.
On Wednesday evening we celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Blustering winds raced around us, blowing my hair like a veil across my face, as we headed to the tram shed . We had an extra 200 metres to walk as the tourist husband didn’t trust my choice of tram stop. Sitting in the tram shed we watched as other patrons arrived . Some were dressed to the nines ( of course that was me ) others in more casual garb but all with excited faces.
Around 8:15 pm two waiters arrived and moved through the crowd advising of which tram we would be dining on. We were on the second one. On perfect time the trams arrived , a splendorous sight with lights outlining the name of the tram. From outside maroon and gold curtains were visible dressings to the windows. The process of boarding the diners was fast and without fuss and it was just minutes before our trams rumbled off the explore Melbourne.
The tram decor was elegant and the seats were plush velvet and really comfortable. Seating is in fixed benches for either two or four diners. These seats could prove a squeeze for a few (some looked a little uncomfortable). My opinion is, if you can sit in an airline seat and have the tray down you will fit these seats fine.
On arrival at our table there were two dips- hummus and a red capsicum dip- with an assortment of crackers served on a white platter. Before we had departed our glasses had been filled with a sparkling wine by a friendly waiter who obliged us by taking a photo memory of us. The menu was then explained to all diners and was presented elegantly in a black menu folder embossed with the gold tram symbol, as the tram started on its journey.
Fresh hot bread rolls were served as orders were taken for our meals. The five courses served definitely didn’t disappoint. The amazing thing is these meals are prepared on board the tram and the hot meals were piping hot and the meat moist. We tried all the dishes on offer between us. All were fresh and tasty and presented with flair. The meal was completed with tea or coffee and a liqueur.
The alcohol ( a good selection of classics) was discretely topped up regularly and water was available.
We travelled along some familiar tram routes while some had had me wondering where we were. The route took us around the CBD and the suburbs but it was the view inside that we enjoyed most.
The tram ride was amazingly smooth and the only drop spilled was from a diner with over active hand movements as she spoke…and NO this wasn’t me, surprise surprise !!
The three hours passed too quickly and I before we knew it , we were stepping off the tram, full from the huge amount of food consumed.
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