DRUMPLINGS, MELBOURNE CBD: Creativity at its finest, Drumplings is an exemplar of fun and unique Asian fusion cuisine – ranging from cheeseburger dumplings, to traditional Xiao Long Bao, I would highly recommend this spacious city spot for those looking for a casual but exciting meal that satisfies your Asian cravings. It’s a spot that caters to Melbourne foodlovers seeking an alternative Chinese cuisine, rather than traditional (which are easily found along the nearby Chinatown). With colourful dumplings, interesting flavours, those looking for an adventure from East to West would love this place!
The good fat: I admire their authenticity in creating the Western-flavour styled dumplings as it especially caters to the Melbourne food vibes. Instead of the flavours being strange, they actually worked really well with the softness of the dumpling skin (which was more appropriately a wonton shell rather than a dumpling). The cheeseburger had that classic beef patty and American-esque mustard feel, whilst the beef rendang was a throwback to Malaysian/Southeast Asian cuisine.
I was pleasantly surprised with their Xiao Long Bao, the juice and pork flavours inside were quite accurate. The traditional dumplings, despite not having a traditional look at all with all their fancy colours, had a variety of different prawn or pork combos.
The bad fat: We happened to be book in during an incredibly busy time, with quite a few large groups and the venue almost at capacity so our second round of dumplings took 50 minutes to arrive… considering that they’re not hand made on the spot and it really just involves steaming our options together this wasn’t really acceptable, especially seeing they had known prior the number of people who were going to be there that lunch time. The prices are also quite high in comparison to the dumpling spots in Chinatown, (average $2 a dumpling) so I would definitely recommend only coming here if you’re keen to try different styled dumplings over the traditional.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES! Definitely a spot that’s unique and fits well to become something special within the Melbourne Chinese culinary scene.
CHECK THEM OUT HERE: https://www.drumplings.com/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Drumplings for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration