Fo0die dined as a guest of Drumplings and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
At the time we dined, Drumplings was only three months old and was still very much in the process of refining their menu (we experienced their second iteration of the menu when we dined). Located conveniently on Bourke Street with a tram line on the road, the name drumplings is the joining of the words drunken and dumplings.
With a concept of fusing traditional and contemporary in the form of a dumpling, think chilli con carne, chicken laksa, beef rendang and cheeseburger, all encased in a Chinese dumpling.
The interior of the venue is very trendy and not at all your typical ‘dirty dumpling’ joint.
On entry, on either side of the door are seats looking out onto Bourke St. On the left is a long communal picnic style bench that runs the length of the venue. On the right is the kitchen with bar style stool seats facing the kitchen.
Through the black doors on the left corner of the venue, you will find a cosy and trendy outdoor courtyard.
The A3 sizes menu offers of course dumplings but also soups, buns and sides for sharing. We tried samples (therefore what is pictured here are sample serving sizes) from their signature drumplings, traditional dumplings, dessert drumplings and some sides.
From the ‘Signature drumplings’, our favourite was the cheeseburger which tasted exactly like a cheeseburger wrapped in a dumpling skin. While the fish and chips was probably the hardest to pinpoint what it was based on just taste alone; still good though! This was served up with a side of salted pickled cucumber and ‘fries’ (salted pork krackling).
Some traditional dumplings with a much more modern appearance but equally as good as their signature drumplings. Notably, the prawn and ginger dumpling was a little different encased within a yellow gyoza skin instead of the clear dumpling skin.
And of course there had to be dessert drumplings. At the time we dined these were newly introduced to the menu and the team said they were still trying to work out the best way to plate these up. Both dessert drumplings were true to their descriptions in terms of the flavour profile but we were both indifferent to the dumpling skin texture that went with the dessert filling.
While there are definitely cheaper places for dumplings, Drumplings brings a unique offering to the dumpling market with their fusion of traditional and contemporary, encased in a Chinese dumpling which we think is worth a try!
Dishes that make up this review
- Cheeseburger dumpling; beef pattie, cheese, pickles, mustard and sesame seeds ($12 for serving of 5)
- Fish n chips dumpling; blue grenadier, beer batter, roasted chips, capers, cornishons, vinegar salt ($12 for serving of 5)
- Chilli con cardne dumpling; beef chilli ragout, kidney beans, coriander, lime, hickory salt ($11 for serving of 5)
- Chicken laksa dumpling; braised chicken, lemongrass, tamarind, coconut, vermicelli, lemon pepper ($12 for serving of 5)
- Beef rendang dumpling; braised beef, tamarind, galangal, ginger, garlic, toasted coconut ($11 for serving of 5)
- Prawn and chive hargow; prawn, chive, cabbage, ginger, sesame oil, shrimp floss ($8 for serving of 6)
- Shiitake mushroom; water chestnut, cabbage, carrots, beetroot and blood orange glaze ($11 for serving of 4)
- Spinach and prawn; spinach puree, prawns, ginger, spinach skin, sesame soy dressing ($11 for serving of 5)
- Prawn and ginger; fresh ginger, prawn, gyoza skin, crispy shallot ($11 for serving of 5)
- Xiao long bao; pork, ginger, soup, sesame, spring onion ($8 for serving of 6)
- Salted pickled cucumber; mirin, chilli, garlic, salt ($5)
- Our fries; signature salted pork krackling ($5)
- Nutella dumplings; banana, nutella and walnut dumplings, warm custard, strawberry jam sauce ($10)
- Apple crumble dumplings; mulled apple and candied ginger dumplings, golden syrup and creme fraiche ($10)