This little hidden gem is just that – hidden. Having found it online somehow and read through pages of people gushing about this place I just had to try it. So, on a chilly evening we steered our steps down Chapel Street until we found the sign.
Colonel Tan’s is located inside of the Prahran icon Revolver and this sign is the only real indication on Chapel that there’s a restaurant going on. Sure, the sign is big enough, but I’ve passed it numerous amount of times and not even given it a second glance.
To get in you’ll have to walk up the steep Revolver stairs. If you need to take a break half way up, that’s fine, I completely get it. Just see it as your workout for the day. But we’re not here to talk about stairs, are we?
Once you’ve reached the stairs you take a left, then follow the corridor to the right and you’ll get right to it. And this is your reward for climbing those stairs.
The place is quite dark (hence the awful quality of the photos from now on), but in a cosy way. Half of the space is taken up by low, plush sofas and half by regular tables. The ambience of the place is gritty and alleyway-ish (yes, I know it’s not a word but it gets the point across, ok?) and they even have a few Banksy originals on the walls. Quite impressive indeed.
Some nights they even have a resident DJ. This was such a night. I had dragged along my husband who obsessively tried to use Shazam to identify the music which he adored, but much to his disappointment the sound was too low. Well, that’s his disappointment. I on the other hand appreciated the fact that the music was low enough as to allow you to talk to the people at your table without raising your voice.
The menu is scrumptious and fairly low-priced. Especially if you are a fellow 3181 residents that just happens to be there on a Thursday. Why? If you bring proof of address you’ll get half price off all food. Now guess where I live and which day we went?
I know, I know, I’ll get to the food, alright!
For me, thai food is some sort of comfort food. I can eat it whenever and in abundance. This isn’t your regular corner thai place though. Colonel Tan’s serves really good, fresh thai food. This place actually falls in the top five thai food experiences I’ve had, and that’s saying a lot.
If you want a recommendation – I have a soft spot for the veggie spring rolls. If you order them just don’t make the mistake I did, which is eat them too fast. They are steaming hot!
Colonel Tan’s has a real character to it. There are a lot of places that look kind of like this, but there’s just something about this place that puts it ahead of the game. It could be the original Banksy art, the cage elements around the room, the absolutely magical chandeliers or the fresh food. I don’t really know. What I do know is that I’ll be back again, and again, and again.
229 Chapel St Prahran VIC 3181
(03) 9521 5985