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5.0 /6 Excellent 102 Reviews

Revolver Upstairs/Colonel Tans

Prahran Thai $$$ +100
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About Revolver Upstairs/Colonel Tans

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday Closed
Revolver Upstairs/Colonel Tans, Chapel Street 229, 3181 Prahran

Further Information

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.


102 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 102 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: average
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
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8 reviews so far 6
14.09.2017 08:58

great food. great atmosphere and service. definitely will return again

2 reviews so far 6
30.08.2017 08:51

Fantastic as usual. We went for all vegetarian options as we dined with a vegetarian and the selection is fantastic. Great curries and fantastic Thai flavours!

1 review so far 6
27.08.2017 10:04

Great food, good service. Would definitely return to this restaurant

2 reviews so far 6
23.08.2017 09:55

The food is always delicious and it's great value. The staff are really friendly and I like the relaxed atmosphere. I've never had a bad experience here.

1 review so far 5
07.09.2016 08:57

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! :)

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 16:00

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.

1 review so far 5
25.06.2017 10:56

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.

5 reviews so far 6
04.01.2017 09:18

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.

1 review so far 6
11.08.2016 09:03

Best, best food, and really great service. Can't fault Colonel Tan's! We had the popcorn chicken, roti & chicken curry dip, sweet potato dumplings, Chicken kaffir & lime burger and the Bangkok Bolognsise, a bit overzealous for two people but it was all just too good!!

1 review so far 4
05.12.2016 11:28

The food is quality in revolver, and I'll keep going back for that alone. Great value for quality food. The problem there is the staff, they seem disinterested and when asked for assistance they seem put out. A few times we have had problems with the bill or the table and the staff become cocky and not willing to help.

1 review so far 6
08.04.2017 08:26

Funky restaurant, delicious food & amazing cocktails. We had the pumpkin & cashew dumplings for entree & they were so good. The duck red curry for dinner, couldn't fault it! Great find ! can't wait to go back.

1 review so far 6
06.08.2017 12:07

The restaurant has cool vibes, candlelight and the waitress we had was super lovely! Great place for larger groups or friends catching up for some delicious food! Awesome that you can book as well which makes life easier.

2 reviews so far 5
03.08.2017 13:02

Great food, and Nikki who takes arrivals is always super lovely to us. Only detractor is that staff usually aren't 100% attentive, so it can take a while for them to return to take your order, or notice that you're out of water.

1 review so far 6
05.05.2017 08:39

Great atmosphere, service and amazing tasty food. We definitely recommend this place. Popcorn chicken are delicious. And if you're a local 3181 the discount is great ! And having a dj playing it's awesome

2 reviews so far 5
25.09.2016 07:48

The food was innovative, delicious and value for money. I like the atmosphere but i wouldn't recommend for older people or first dates. Friendly staff but could be a little bit of a wait in service. Would definitely go back!

2 reviews so far 6
06.02.2017 22:14

Vibe inside is quite eclectic and retro, slightly sticky it is Revolver after all but service was great and food was delicious with so much variety on the menu. Great drinks list too.

1 review so far 4
23.02.2017 08:04

Good was very nice. However, we ordered a red duck curry which was apparently new on the menu, the dish cost more than $20 but there was hardly any duck in there. The duck was sliced up thinly and I think there were only 5-6 slices in the curry.

5 reviews so far 6
13.06.2017 18:02

Absolutely love this place. Especially on a Thursday night. Great vibe. Great music. Great food. And for fifty percent off for being a local! Seriously can't fault it. Will keep coming back.

1 review so far 6
07.06.2017 09:21

The food is amazing, they offer a great service and the staff is very friendly. We were a group of 15 so they offered a banquette menu, adjusting to everyones dietary requriements.

1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 09:49

Amazing food as always! The unique menu accommodates the meat eater and vegetarian alike and the friendly service adds to the experience. This is one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne.