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.
Great vibe and nice modern food. Definitely a pleaseant surprise for food from a nightclub. Keen to come back again soon that is for sure
Excellent friendly service, great selection of fresh and tasty thai dishes at very affordable prices! Great tunes and setting...Highly recommend to anyone wanting delicious thai food!
Great food, great service and great atmosphere...my favourite Melbourne restaurant. I have been here hundreds of times and continue to enjoy this terrific Prahran institution.
Amazing service, brilliant food, delivered in a timely manner, with a great atmosphere. I recommend Colonal Tan’s to everyone. If you love Thai food, you have to hit the stairs and try it for yourself!
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.
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.
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! :)
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.
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!!