Having a Revolver Upstairs is usually the sign of a paranoid mind and, probably, an American address, but in the case of Revolver Upstairs on Chapel Street in Prahran, it means something altogether more appealing. They offer live bands, international DJs and a top-notch Thai menu at their in-house eatery, Colonel Tan’s, packed with favourites from all over South East Asia. Take a trip to Prahran station and indulge in one of the finest multi-arts venues in Melbourne: just remember to book your table ahead of time.
A multi-arts venue with an emphasis on creative cuisine, Colonel Tan’s at Revolver Upstairs attempts to have it’s cake – a rice cake, probably, given the Thai menu – and eat it too. To go along with the tasty Southeast Asian cuisine, Revolver Upstairs also provide live music every night of the week, so there are few reasons to move from these Prahran premises during the course of a night out. You can find them right on Chapel Street, just a short walk from Prahran station, which is only a really a short hop out of Melbourne’s CBD, making them well worth the journey if you fancy a feed, a drink, a dance, or all of the above.
Revolver Upstairs (and Colonel Tan’s) is part-owned by Thai pop star Tan Punturaunporn, and thus it isn’t surprising to hear that their menu down on Chapel Street is replete with recipes from Thailand. Begin with the betel leaf salad or the deep-fried chilli squid, and follow it up with a classic green chicken curry or a stir-fried pork belly with kaffir lime and red curry. You’re guaranteed to be stuffed by the time you leave Prahran, but do try and find space for a cocktail or two while you’re at Revolver Upstairs.
Colonel Tan never disappoints. We love the spicy Asian flavours. Consistently delicious. Lots of stairs to this hidden culinary treat, but well worth the climb.
Nor the food or the team at Colonel Tan's disappointed. Delicious and awesome as ever, all served with a smile. Keep on, keeping on Colonel. Thanks, gang!
Food was fabulous - could have gone through the entire menu - definately going back. Staff fantastic - knowledgeable with wines thanks to Nikki- great start to the night
I dine here every Thursday. Colonel Tan’s have a great service, amazing food and best fibes! It’s a local’s night every Thursday and you get good deals for being a resident of Prahran and Windsor.
Food is excellent quality here. The pork with Chinese broccoli was great, as was the red lamb curry. We had the sweet potato dumplings and they were delicious. Only downside though was the number of dumplings you get (3) for the price ($14). But it is the price you pay for quality. We also enjoyed a serving of Roti with curry sauce. It was a pretty good serving and the curry sauce was nice. The mains are very well priced and there are a plethora of quality beers to choose from and cocktails as well and our water was kept topped up all night (never had to ask). Will definitely be going back for more.
This place is great! I always love coming here. Great music, great vibes, great food. The new Fried Snapper dish is my new favourite dish. Super delicious! Of course you must get the fried chicken and the snapper betel leaf salad. I am excited to return soon to try more of the new menu!
Had a great night there for my birthday! It seems a little weird to me that the whole bottle needs to be brought over when ordering wine, I think just pouring the glass at the bar would be easier. Especially where there are 5 glasses; all different types/bottles. However the food was incredible and love LOVE the atmosphere there. Will come again! :)
Particularly impressed with the quality and the portion size of soft shell crab curry. Not every pricey restaurant offers such general portions. Also liked the creativity of the dishes and the mix between acidity and spice. However I was kind of disappointed that the restaurant didn't have license to package unfinished meals for takeaway, especially given that this is not a cheap restaurant.
the food was delicious, atmosphere good and in general staff were good, however we got a dud waiter who I had to ask 4 times where my ordered cocktail was and each time he didn't give a shit. Finally got it after 40 min and no apology from him at all. Would have expected it to be free at least.
Always such a pleasure to visit Colonel Tan's, especially on a Thursday. Tasty food, good value for money accompanied with great music. Get the Betel Leaf Salad (vegetarian, the smoked trout is much too overpowering) and the Penang Lamb curry - the eggplant relish that goes with it is delish.