With restaurants serving South-East Asian cuisine popping up faster than even the most seasoned Melbourne connoisseur can keep up with, it’s hard for an establishment to stand out. Tom Phat is not a new addition, but it continues to set itself aside from the culinary pack, focusing on an area usually ignored by Asian-fusion restaurants – breakfast.
Tom Phat combines a myriad of Asian cuisine that sways towards Thai with a modern Australian flair, most evident in its signature wok-tossed roti omelet. Plentiful with bacon, chives and roasted tomato salsa, the dish is satisfying, hangover-curing Sunday morning fare with an exotic twist. Uncle Ho’s Breakfast, a grilled marinated pork chop, crispy fried egg, tomato, cucumber and rice, is another delicious alternative to the traditional fry-up.
The restaurant’s lunch and dinner offerings are equally creative and can be accompanied with soothing smoothies and juices if the spicy offerings become too overwhelming. The cultural fusion is also reflected throughout Tom Phat’s décor, with its polished concrete walls balanced by bonsais and minature Buddhas. Fusion cuisine requires a delicate balance between creativity and taste, and Tom Phat delivers on both counts.