| Melbourne Restaurants
4 restaurants in Melbourne providing a unique Melbourne experience
by: Rebecca Greg
Melbourne restaurants are known as some of the finest in the world.
If you are planning a trip to Melbourne and looking for a uniquely
Melbourne experience, visit one of the following Melbourne
restaurants for more than a dining delight.
1. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
Cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne aboard a converted 1927
tram that is the first traveling tramcar restaurant in the world.
Enjoy first class cuisine and the very best of Australian wines
as you take a journey into a little piece of Victorias history.
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant has become one of Melbournes
star attractions since its inception in 1983. Expect all the comforts
of a top Melbourne restaurant air-conditioning, piped music,
plush burgundy carpets, velvet covered seats, stately brass fittings
and fresh flowers all creating a cosy atmosphere reflective
of the colonial period.
Enjoy a three, four or five course meal while gliding through the
streets of Melbourne with all food prepared on the tram. The set
price is inclusive of all food and beverages from the fully stocked
bar. Tempt your taste buds with one of the delicious menus including
grilled kangaroo fillet, Prime eye fillet of beef, a selection of
Australian cheeses, and mouth watering desserts.
Luncheon is a four course meal and the tour is from 1pm-3pm. You
can decide between an early dinner 3 courses from 5:45pm-7:15pm
or a full 5 course dinner from 8:35pm-11:30pm. The maximum party
size is 108 people (36 people per tram) and the restaurant operates
7 days per week. It is advisable to book well in advance.
2. The Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant
If you are looking for the perfect romantic experience, what better
place than aboard the Spirit of Melbourne, right in the heart of
our vibrant river city? Savour the ever-changing city background
reflecting the cosmopolitan culture that is Melbourne. Enjoy a luxurious
dining experience while cruising the magnificent Yarra River. The
Spirit of Melbourne caters for only 40 guests and the setting is
intimate, yet relaxed with personalized service and attention to
Delight in the fusion of international dishes and fine Australian
wines. The extensive six course meal is freshly prepared on board
by the gourmet chefs. All beverages, including Australian wines,
beers, spirits, cognac and liqueurs are included. The Spirit of
Melbourne is fully enclosed with air-conditioning and heating or
enjoy a breath of fresh air on the alfresco deck.
The Spirit of Melbourne departs from berth no. 6, Southbank Lower
Promenade at 7:30pm every Friday and Saturday evening and returns
at 10:30pm. Bookings are essential.
3. Café 55, Melbourne Observation Deck
Café 55 is on the observation deck of Rialto Towers
the Southern Hemispheres tallest office structure and Melbournes
most recognized building. The Rialto is 253m tall and was opened
in July 1994. Climb the 1254 stairs to level 55 (or take the speedy
lift) and spend time appreciating this amazing city. The birdseye
view over Melbourne from the observation deck is breathtaking with
a 360 degree outlook over the city and beyond.
Enjoy a meal and drink from the fully licensed bar at café
55 and make the most of this unique experience. Café 55 is
open daily for lunch and dinner.
4. Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel
The famous Yarra Valley was originally settled at the current location
of Yering by the Ryrie brothers in 1837. Grapevines were planted
resulting in Victorias first vintage being produced in 1845.
The original chateau at Yering was built in 1854 with hand made
bricks made on site and extravagant fittings transported from Melbourne
by bullock. Paul de Castella and Baron van Mueller (a world-renowned
botanist) were responsible for the extensive gardens including the
magnificent Chilean Wine Palm and two Bunya Pines. Both the house
and the garden are listed for protection by Heritage Victoria.
Today, Chateau Yering is a country house hotel. Conveniently located
only 1 hours drive north east of Melbourne, it is on 250 acres of
land with 2.7km of river frontage onto the Yarra River. There are
spectacular views across the Yarra Valley to the Great Dividing
Range. The interior design or the Chateau Yering reflects its heritage
and the new building blending seamlessly with the existing structures.
All the bedrooms have been individually decorated with antique furniture,
works of art and fine fabrics.
The original dining room has been extended and now houses Eleonores
Restaurant. The elegant high back chairs, ornate cornices and ceilings
and luxury fittings reflect the history and the vista from the restaurant
is one of the finest in Victoria. Enjoy a comprehensive selection
of Yarra Valley wines complementing the contemporary cuisine.
For a less formal setting, enjoy a more leisurely lunch or a coffee
and cake at the Sweetwater Café. The Sweetwater Café
is a lovely atrium connecting the old mansion with the new wing
with outdoor views to the gardens.
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About The Author
Rebecca Greg is the marketing manager for http://www.happystays.com.au/index.htm
which is an Australia wide, user friendly accommodation directory.
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