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Only 2 Meals in Melbourne

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Only 2 Meals in Melbourne

Due to our schedule with various tours we have arranged, DH and I will only be able to eat one dinner and one lunch actually in Melbourne. We were considering The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for the dinner. It seems like an amazing experience but it is soo expensive and I've seen some mixed reviews. Is it really worth $121 each? We would be leaning toward doing the late night meal since it makes the tour twice as long. We don't mind making a splurge if it is really and truly worth it. If not, where else would you recommend? If we aren't doing the Tramcar, we would be looking to spend quite a bit less than $121 each. :) We aren't exactly "foodies" so to speak but do enjoy a good meal.

For our lunch, we were thinking of booking the lunch banquet at Red Spice Road. Is that a good choice?

I really appreciate your input! We have a history of not doing research on restaurants when we travel and subsequently making terrible restaurant selections, and we don't want to make that mistake on this trip!

Thank you!

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1. Re: Only 2 Meals in Melbourne

Restaurants are difficult to recommend. My own view of the TC restaurant is that you are paying for the experience. I've been on it once and thought the food was average at best. Value? Depends how much you value a tram ride!

There are much better dining options IMO than the tramcar. Have a look at what other foodies think on www.urbanspoon.com and you will certainly find something which suits both your taste and your pocket.

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2. Re: Only 2 Meals in Melbourne

Indeed the Tramcar restaurant is more about the charming experience. Certainly a bit of fun, but it's up to you how much you're willing to pay for it. I was going to recommend The Conservatory at Crown Casino for a classy dinner buffet at around $66 per person, but I just found out they are closed for refurbishments until July.

Red Spice Road looks lovely from the quick look I've just had at their website, with some nice dishes (though I suspect portion sizes won't be huge). If you do however like Asian food, I would recommend the China Bar Signature buffet restaurant, once again around $65 per person for dinner or $30 per person for lunch and a quality buffet rather than a cheap crappy one. You could either catch the 75 tram to out front of their Burwood East restaurant, or try the new one they've opened in the city at 222 Exhibition Street. I'd certainly recommend booking if you decided to give them a try.

Have a look at the website:

www.chinabarsignature.com

Edited: 12 April 2012, 00:24
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3. Re: Only 2 Meals in Melbourne

Thank you so much for your input. I think we are going to pass on the tramcar restaurant. Thank you for your suggestions - we will look into those! And yes, we have also looked at Urbanspoon. Now the trick seems to be finding a restaurant that is open on Sunday evening!

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4. Re: Only 2 Meals in Melbourne

Try O'Connells Hotel in South Melbourne. Ten dollars by taxi from downtown, or a tram ride. We eat there often.

http://www.oconnells.com.au/

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I did the Tramcar once and enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and was suprised that the food was quite good, much better than 'wedding/conference/hotel' food, which is the level I was expecting.

But of course if you want really good food, the tramcar is not the place to find it. Are there any cuisines that you like in particular?

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Hi,

A colleague at work recently had an early dinner at Red Spice Road (before going to the theatre) and thoroughly enjoyed the food. She recommended it to me and I hope to eat there soon. The venue on their website looks great and the menu different and exciting.

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7. Re: Only 2 Meals in Melbourne

I have a friend who arranged a work dinner at red spice road too, she said it was amazing. Would love to try it soon. The betel leaf dishes intrigue me!

Agree with others re the tramcar. Nice to do but I wouldn't make it one of only two meals you'll have in Melbs.

Good luck & enjoy your stay :)

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8. Re: Only 2 Meals in Melbourne

Thank you all so very much for all of your input! I'm a bit torn now about what to do. I found a Mexican restaurant on Urbanspoon called Mamasitas that gets rave reviews that we'd love to try as one of our meals (we LOVE Mexican food and it sounds very unique). The problem? Neither that nor Red Spice Road is open on Sunday evening, the only night we have free for dinner. So it looks like we need to give up one of the two. I found another Thai food restaurant that is open on Sundays called Chin Chin that gets great reviews as well. Would that be a good alternative to Red Spice Road? I preferred the menu at RSR a bit, but I can't choose all 3! Thanks again everyone!

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9. Re: Only 2 Meals in Melbourne

Oh that's a bummer about the Sunday night closures! But yes, I think chin chin would be a good alternative, I haven't been but have many friends who have and recommend it and it's also on my to-go-to list. I could be wrong but I think they might not take bookings? If that's the case maybe try to get there early enough to avoid a wait for a table.

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I haven't tried Mamasita reanbr2000, but I wouldn't be too upset. I don't think any Mexican food found in Australia can beat that here in the States.

Ezard is a terrific restaurant - combination of Asian and Australian flavors, if it's open Sunday nights.

And there a terrific Thai restaurant that starts with L and it's off Little Bourke Street, and for the life of me I can't remember the name. Anyone help me out here? It has a great cocktail menu and has been around for years.