When owners Harry Tsiaples and Nick Tiktikakis engaged Brolly Studios to design Mjr Tom the brief was simple: “A place that fills from front to back during the day, and vice versa at night.” Thus Mjr Tom is split into two main areas: a cosy front cafe dominated by tables and benches, and a big standing-room bar out back. A tunnel-like passageway connects the two spaces, while downstairs there’s a bluestone-lined basement and a pool table, which can convert to a private dining room.
From breakfast to dinner, the Asian/Latin menu covers a lot of bases thanks to head chef Sam Kearney, who’s worked kitchens as varied as Cafe Paradiso, Gill's Diner and Mr Miyagi. He also spent three years cooking in Spain. Eating isn’t mandatory, however, and there are plenty of options for customers just out for a drink from the respectable list of cocktails and local spirits, unique tap beers (eg. brews from Belgium’s Palm and Rodenbach) and European and Australian wines.