Colonel Tans is situated in the infamous Revolver Nightclub and is equally as fun and outlandish. The concept behind the gastro-bar is to marry the flavours of Bangkok with the recognised aesthetic of a classic American diner.
The menu is extensive and varied, which makes it an ideal place for group dinners, as all tastes and dietary requirements can potentially be catered for. It does also help that the items on the menu are absolutely delectable and well presented. Simpler foods such as fries and spring rolls are served in baskets, which is naturally conducive to the diner theme. Meanwhile, main courses are served on beautiful and co-ordinated crockery. With such fine touches, it will be hard for some patrons to believe that they have only payed around $15 dollars for their main course.
There is a great selection of traditional Thai cuisine at Colonel Tans, including meat and vegetable curries and noodle-based dishes such as the staple Pad Thai, in addition to contemporary updates, such as the Tofu Whoppa with peanut sauce. The direct and deliberate fusion of Thai and American influences can be seen with dishes such as the kaffir lime chicken nuggets with chilli dipping sauce or the Bangkok bolognaise – a spicy spin on an old favourite.
While the menu is especially tailored to the unique venue, the available dishes may also seem familiar to some discerning Melburnians. After all, the menu at Colonel Tans was created by Karen Batson, who is the head chef at other prominent Melbourne gastro-bars, such as Cookie and The Toff In Town. Colonel Tans is far more spacious and relaxed than these two CBD spots, especially with its warm colours and lighting. The extensive drinks menu and rotating schedule of music and entertainment also make Colonel Tans a fine place to carry on after dinner.
All in all - destined to be a new hot spot on Chapel Street.