Colonel Tan’s has a lively menu, perfect
for one of Melbourne’s most iconic venues.
Created by Karen Batson, head chef of renowned inner city gastro-bars Cookie and The Toff In Town, the affordable menu combines traditional Thai cuisine with a cheeky American diner aesthetic. Classic dishes like Pad Thai with Tomato & Greens sit alongside a Tofu Whopper with Satay Sauce, or a Thai take on a Chiko Roll stuffed with Chicken & Beancurd wrapped in a crispy beancurd skin.
Then there’s the Revolver Club Steak Sandwich and a Bangkok Bolognaise; a variation on the classic Thai Drunken Noodles with spicy pork bolognaise wok tossed with green beans, fresh tomato and a big hit of chilli poured over rice noodles .
The name is a tribute to Revolver co-owner and legendary Thai pop star Tan Punturaumporn. Years ago, Tan’s kitchen staff took to calling him the Colonel when they started serving a Five Spice Chicken that brought to mind a certain chicken-loving colonel from America’s deep south.
With fantastic menu illustrations from local graffiti artist Itch, Tan can now be seen not only as a southern colonel, but transformed into John Lennon, David Bowie, a skinny-jeaned Ramone, an Amy Winehouse Tan and a new addition- Dolly Par-Tan. The new décor, appropriately enough, is all 70s oranges and browns, with a stylised Colonel Tan beaming down from the kitchen awning. To complete the diner experience, Burgers are served in stamped paper wrap and the 5 Spice Fried Chicken comes in a classic wicker basket.
“It’s tongue in cheek,” says chef Karen Batson. “We wanted to reflect the Revolver club environment with something a little kitsch and playful. It’s the American diner hits Bangkok.”