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Colonel Tan's

Address
Address:
Revolver Upstairs,
229 Chapel Street,
Prahran VIC 3181
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9521 5985
Cuisine
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$
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Colonel Tan’s takes its tasty Thai food up a level (quite literally); the restaurant serves diners well into the night in the lofty surrounds of Prahran’s Revolver nightclub.Named for the club’s co-owner, Thai music star Tan Punturaumporn, this dining space has a clubby ambience lent by its location deep within the club, and serves up an array of affordable and tasty Thai food which is overseen by Karen Batson from Cookie and The Toff in Town.

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In the heart of Chapel Street, close to Greville Street, a short walk from Prahran train station.

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Not just a nightclub, Revolver Upstairs offers sustenance to those who venture up the dark stairs for a meeting with Colonel Tan. Named for the club’s co-owner, Thai music star Tan Punturaumporn, this dining space has a clubby ambience lent by its location deep within the club, and serves up an array of affordable and tasty Thai food which is overseen by Karen Batson from Cookie and The Toff in Town. Tan was nicknamed “The Colonel” when the kitchen started serving up five spice chicken, inviting comparisons with another well known Colonel. It also seems that he has inspired the culture clash aesthetic at work; something of a traditional Thai-meets-American dining fusion.

That inspiration also extends to the menu, with Thai classics such as pad Thai, yellow fish curry with green papaya and stir-fried morning glory with fermented tofu on offer, as well as more unusual fusion items. Try the Tan’s own take on fast food favourites with Bangkok bolognaise (a variation on drunken noodles), the tofu whopper with yellow bean sauce, or the Colonel’s five spice chicken with sweet chilli. Sides such as broccoli and avocado rice salad with fried egg or chicken nuggets with kaffir lime and cucumber relish, sit comfortably beside traditional items like roti bread and betel leaf salad with snapper, ginger, chilli and lime. Full bar facilities are near at hand in this fun club environment where the American diner reaches Bangkok. Locals should check out “3181 Thursdays”, when local residents and traders get 50% off meals.

Angela Costanzo
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