I'd been to Cookie in Swanston St, Melbourne before and I was super impressed with the Belgium beer hall come thai restaurant with the brilliant food. However, Colonel Tan's (which I heard has the same owners) took it up another notch with it's uber electric vintage chic fit out, complete with velour lounges, ceiling mounted lampshades and of course a DJ cage, which every hipster restaurant should have! Like Cookie the innovative thai fusion food was packed with surprising flavour; the calamari was a triumph and the pork and prawn donuts sublime. We didn't even make it to mains and rice, instead feasting on thai sausage, fried pork ribs, corn fritters and the like. The jugs of Boags perfectly complemented the spicy fare. Service was efficient even on a packed Thursday night, which I'm told is Locals night, lucky I was dining with a Toorakian!! I will be back to this funky urban gem.
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