There are day time places and there are night time places, then we have places like Mjr Tom, which effortlessly combines the two. Mjr Tom, whose name pays homage to David Bowie’s fictional astronaut has been on Smith Street since May 2015. In that short time, Mjr Tom has quickly become a local favourite.
With a fit out of corrugated iron, exposed brick and plywood, Brolly Design (previously responsible for the fit out at Flipboard Cafe) worked tirelessly with owners, Harry Tsiaples and Nick Tiktikakis to create a space that works equally well for a casual Sunday brunch or a late night rendezvous. The front of the room has a collection of large wooden tables while the bar at the back has a selection of comfortable booths and cosy nooks that will suit any party size.
To ensure that it stays ahead of the pack, with head chef Sam Kearney at the helm, Mjr Tom has launched an exciting new dinner menu. On the menu you will find a selection of latin inspired dishes from tasty tapas to larger raciones.
We can definitely recommend the ‘Quail 2 ways’, with its confit of quail leg and sous vide breast, perfectly accompanied with a velvety bean puree and crisp jamon. The cleverly named ‘Mack on Crack’ (marinated baby mackerel on a squid ink cracker) which goes perfectly with either a glass of carefully curated spanish tempranillo or crisp vedelho. We could not get enough of the Confit Duck Tostada, inventively served on a crispy plantain base.
Other dishes not to be missed are the Kingfish Ceviche with salmon roe (sublime with just the right amount of acid), the ‘Pulpo A La Galena’ (grilled octopus on a bed of confit potato infused with sweet paprika), and for a sweet finish, you cannot go past the luscious ‘Buenelos’ (doughnuts served with goats cheese ice cream, almond praline and a decadent ponzu caramel).
If, like me, you can’t decide what to order then the team at Mjr Tom have put together 2 tasting menus, which each showcases the menu’s latin origins with its clear Melbourne twist.
So whether you are after Sunday brunch, a place for an afternoon session or the full dinner experience, drop by at Mjr Tom for Smith Street experience that is, like its name sake, out of this world.
Where: Mjr Tom, 108 Smith Street, Collingwood
Contact ph: 03 9419 8048