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5.0 /6 Excellent 76 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.


76 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 76 Reviews
Noise: average
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: short
Service: extraordinary
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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.

1 review so far 6
08.07.2017 23:37

Love ❤️ Colonel Tans great service and amazing food ....... if you've never been .....do yourself a favor ...... I guarantee you won't be disappointed 👍✅

1 review so far 6
07.07.2017 10:16

Excellent food and service!! What a wonderful evening. We will most definitely be returning. We love the salmon and the mushroom and lotus root salad. So delicious!

1 review so far 6
05.07.2017 22:30

The food was amazing and authentic, good level of spice too. And general vibes of the place is great. We will definitely be back again!

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.

4 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
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.

4 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
20.03.2017 08:36

Food is excellent and service is always spot on. I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone, they can cater for large tables too. Loads of choose from on the menu.

1 review so far 6
29.08.2016 06:45

The food at Colonel Tan's was delicious - we will be going back there again. The vibe was relaxed, service was quick and easy and everyone had a great time!

1 review so far 5
05.03.2017 09:21

Food was amazing! Service was great as well :) however, not full stars as we waited for quite a Long time for the food to arrive. However, how good the food tasted was just impeccable!

1 review so far 6
14.08.2016 09:18

Great food, good drinks list and quick service. Ambience is great for groups. It's a busy place so book ahead. We have enjoyed our dinner here both times.

1 review so far 6
08.05.2017 13:37

I had a lovely night, great drinks and amazing food. Love the atmosphere in colonel tan's. Highly recommend to anyone after a decent feed for a reasonable price.

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 10:40

Fantastic food, great atmosphere and great service.. Highly recommended for a night out with friends. The cocktails were amazing as well and the menu very well priced.

1 review so far 6
30.06.2017 11:59

Great food and service, food came out quickly and tasted great and the vibe in the restaurant was lovely especially with the DJ playing some nice tunes

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 19:35

This place is amazing. Wait staff are fantastic, food is out of this world! 50% discount on Thursday for locals :) Will be back again and again

1 review so far 6
16.04.2017 08:24

The food was amazing! Nothing we ordered was average. The place was packed and we still managed to get our food quickly. Staff and service are fantastic!

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 11:29

Great vibe!! Delicious food, espicially the fat duck noodles! I would recommend to anyone as its a great And fun place to unwind on a Tuesday(Trivia) night!

1 review so far 5
09.09.2016 08:48

Awesome food, new rule for locals night is everyone at the table needs a proof of address.. which meant no half price for some of us, apart from that was a great.

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 10:16

The staff were friendly, table was ready on arrival, food was really great, music was good for a dinner, and service time was pretty good as well. Will definitely eat there again!

1 review so far 4
14.10.2016 08:38

Trendy place that was pretty busy so suggest you book - the pork belly red curry was a standout, we also enjoyed the corn & coriander donuts but the fried squid was a bit of a miss for us.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 06:01

The food was yummy- especially loved the calamari! I went in a small group and service was friendly and fast. Sangria cocktail jug was delicious too!

1 review so far 6
13.11.2016 07:15

Best Thái in Melbourne do yourself a favour and order the 5 spice chicken 😜 Best in the world and the Betal leaf salad so good...

4 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 12:55

This is one of the best restaurants in Melbourne. We will be going back time and again because it never fails to deliver. Big thumbs up!!

1 review so far 5
12.09.2016 13:39

Great atmosphere, food and service! Extensive menu fabulous vegetarian, seafood and meat options. Authentic Asian flavours and with half price night for locals on Thursdays I'll be going back more often!

1 review so far 4
16.02.2017 09:26

Food, Atmosphere, waiting on staff all 10/10. I had been told how amazing this 'temple' of a place is for food and it did not disappoint. Unfortunately it was a real shame the bar staff had no manners.

1 review so far 6
12.05.2017 08:34

Consistently awesome. Good vibe and great food. You must try the fat duck noodles, lotus root salad, Penang lamb curry and the spicy sausage! A+

1 review so far 6
16.05.2017 07:47

Bloody fantastic! Awesome food people and service reasonably priced and accomadating. Definitely will be back many more times to come thankyou colonal tans you rock!

1 review so far 5
20.05.2017 11:04

Fabulous food, great atmosphere, however avoid dining there Tuesday nights as there's a very loud trivia contest happening. Soft shell crab curry a must! Very reasonably priced and large serves

1 review so far 6
22.05.2017 11:05

Great eclectic fit out, service and food. Also, we could book a table instead of being made to revolve our evening around the venues preferences.

1 review so far 6
26.05.2017 13:50

Always a winner.... from the staff to the food, to the music played. One of my favourites in Melbourne. Bangkok bolagnaise for the win. :)

1 review so far 6
18.01.2017 11:14

service was very good, staff were very knowledgeable about the menu and very friendly. Food was extremely delicious and i'll definitely be come back again!

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 10:50

Not many places in Melbourne like this, it's Cheap, great food and very quick! Highly recommend !!!!! :) - well done to the owners here.

4 reviews so far 6
28.09.2016 08:32

You won't regret a visit to Colonel Tan's. We take advantage of the locals night on Thursdays, and the food on any day is amaZing.

1 review so far 5
16.09.2016 10:07

Food was great though the chilli squid could have come out a bit warmer. Sometimes was a little difficult to get the wait staff's attention but overall a pleasant experience

4 reviews so far 6
11.09.2016 07:08

Great service , friendly staff. The food was delicious, loved the lamb curry, full of flavour. A fun night out with the girls, highly recommend.

4 reviews so far 6
05.09.2016 08:05

The food is amazing, and really well priced. It was great to go as a group and share. The Fat Duck noodles are a must.

1 review so far 5
18.04.2017 01:56

Great food as always and service was above par. Will certainly dine again as the Thai food is amazing, there is also good refreshers to pair with every dish.

1 review so far 5
08.03.2017 07:13

The service, atmosphere & food was great as usual! The menu had changed a bit since last time so we tried some new dishes. We had a great time!

1 review so far 3
17.12.2016 07:46

Service wasn't the greatest which is a shame as I've been many times before and was always pleased except standards have really dropped. We found our waitress very condescending and she couldn't really answer any questions in a clear manner. Based on this experience, we wouldn't return.

1 review so far 5
18.12.2016 08:09

Great eclectic venue and tasty food. Service is friendly but a little slow and a couple of the dishes were delicious but not as described. Would go again.