We’re huge fans of dumplings here at My Poppet. In fact, the kiddo is crazy for them! Luckily for us, there’s a multitude of fantastic dumpling joints in Melbourne that can satisfy our cravings when we get a hankering, but none quite like Drumplings.
Drumplings is no ordinary dumpling shop, its offerings are slightly wacky, like if Willy Wonka got tired of making candy and decided to make Chinese dumplings instead.
Cheeseburger, Fish’n’chips, Chilli con Carne; these aren’t flavours one associates with dumplings. So when Emma and I were invited to visit Drumplings for a review opportunity, I jumped at the chance to taste these for myself.
Drumplings is located in located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, and is a must visit if you are in town. It’s ambiance is hip but casual, with a long communal table running along the whole length of the cafe. The pink walls reflect are warm rosy glow that makes the place feel serene, even when busy.
We started our sampling menu with tasty complimentary pork rinds and a pickled zucchini salad. The pork rinds were very moreish and I will happily enjoy a beer with them next time I visit. This time I drank tea.
Emma opted for a Pikachu themed can of ‘Ocean Bomb’, a Taiwanese cucumber flavoured soda water that looks crazy cute. It’s flavour is very subtle but refreshing.
Then the dumplings came. First round was from the Signature D(r)umplings selection. Cheeseburger, Chilli Con Carne, Beef Rendang, and Chicken Laksa Dumplings.
The absolute highlight was the Cheeseburger Dumplings. It’s hard to describe the unusual mind bending properties of these little guys. Your brain tells you you’re eating a dumpling, but your taste buds swear you’ve just bitten into a Macca’s cheeseburger. It’s insane.
I imagine it’s like experiencing a Heston Blumenthal meal where your senses are delightfully tricked.
The Cheeseburger filling is juicy with just the right balance of pickle and mustard flavour. If you go just for one thing – make these it.
The other three flavours were very tasty, but a little to spicy for Emma’s palate. Watch her hilarious reaction in the video below.
I really enjoyed the toasted coconut on the Beef Rendang, which added some crunch to the rich filling.
It’s not all wacky mind bending flavours. Dumpling purists will appreciate the traditional offerings on the menu too – although these still have their own (more subtle) twists.
All the dumplings are so flavour filled that dipping sauces aren’t really required. Each one is hand made and the skins are thin and delicate.
The cheeseburger dumplings reeled me in, but it’s the traditional dumplings that will keep us going back. As I said we’re huge dumpling fans.
If you fancy something a little sweet to end your meal, try the Banana & Nutella dumplings with a warm custard dipping sauce. Very yummy. Emma certainly approved.
227 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD
You can watch Emma’s video review of her tasting experience below. She has her own brand new Melbourne Junior Foodie Instagram account where she is on a culinary adventure to explore the flavours of Melbourne beyond the Kid’s Menu. What better way to start than with some fun dumplings!
There are 6 videos in all, just click the arrow on the right to watch the next one.
Emma the intrepid Junior Foodie visits one of Melbourne’s most creative dumpling restaurants @drumplings and tries some of their surprisingly different dumpling flavours. – – Swipe left to see all 6 videos. – There’s chilli con carne, shiitake mushroom, prawn & scallop, apple crumble, banana & Nutella, plus a bonus ocean bomb drink review. The variety was huge so we only included a handful of flavours in this video review. Thank you @drumplings and @milkbottleprojects for the invitation.
My Poppet was an invited guest of Drumplings for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.