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Cheap Eats – Double Drummer (Barton)

By Alexandra Craig - 25 November 2015 6

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As mentioned in previous weeks and the call-out for Canberra Cheap Eats last week, I’ve been keen to branch out of Civic and try some ‘unknown’ eateries. One suggestion received was Double Drummer in Barton. I work close to Barton and had never even heard of this place so I was excited to check it out.

Double Drummer is located on National Circuit, but it is hidden amongst some office buildings and isn’t visible from the street so it is a little tricky to find. There’s not much parking in the area so I parked a few streets away (ordinarily I would have walked from work but it was about 200 degrees outside and I overheat easily, a bit like a Pug) and wandered on over. Thankfully there was a few cute little signs pointing me in the right direction.

First impression of this place is that it looks like a really cool cafeteria. Heaps of seating, giant glass food cabinets, but really trendy decor and fit out. There was food as far as the eye could see; mountains of salads, baguettes piled up high, a giant make-your-own sandwich bar. There was so much choice it was actually a little overwhelming.

I ended up settling on the brown rice salad with eggplant. The staff member informed me as I was ordering that I could choose more than one salad in a serving so I decided to go half half brown rice salad and pesto pasta salad. Even though I was intending on dining in, I had a brain snap and asked for the salad takeaway – oops! It was squished into a container which doesn’t look the most appealing but what it loses in looks it made up for in taste!

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Both salads were delicious and there was so much of it. I couldn’t finish it all. Both salads had sundried tomatoes, which I love, and the brown rice salad had generous amounts of crumbed eggplant and pumpkin. The ingredients were fresh and there was so much flavour – cannot fault either dish.

My salad container set me back around $9.00, plus a drink was $11.50 all up which I think is super reasonable. Everything at Double Drummer is priced similarly, except for the burgers which are slighly more expensive at around $12-$13.

I think it’s a shame that Double Drummer is only open Monday-Friday because I think it has serious potential for a weekend brunch spot. I’ll definitely be back!

What: Double Drummer
Where: 4 National Circuit, Barton (ground floor courtyard)
Opening hours: 7.00am-5.00pm (Mon-Wed) 7.00am-8.00pm (Thurs-Fri)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thedoubledrummer/

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6 Responses to
Cheap Eats – Double Drummer (Barton)
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msgrumpy 9:43 am
25 Nov 15
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Lovely food but so incredibly noisy – you just about have to yell at the staff behind the counter to make yourself heard. No soft surfaces/carpet to absorb noise. Don’t go there if you want to sit down and have a chat with friends while eating unless you can snag one of the outside tables.

On a side note – the pulled beef and lamb is out of this world!

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Genie 10:34 am
25 Nov 15
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Salad! I can’t believe you went to Double Drummer and only had salad.

I used to work nearby and stopped bringing in my lunch as the food there was so good. I would eat their roast rolls of pulled beef or pulled pork drowned in gravy at least twice a week. (*pulled in the sense that they are traditional roasts that have been shredded, not a spicy pulled meat.) Their chips are delicious too. While the roast rolls were a daily staple, it was nice to see a variety in hot pasta dishes as well as veggie dishes.

I worked in the area over winter and the soups were amazing as well.

On the occasion I didn’t feel like hot food, the pre-made rolls were amazing. Although as a regular salad eater, I honestly don’t think I ever had a salad unless it was on the side of my roast rolls.

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Maya123 10:51 am
25 Nov 15
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Genie said :

Salad! I can’t believe you went to Double Drummer and only had salad.

I used to work nearby and stopped bringing in my lunch as the food there was so good. I would eat their roast rolls of pulled beef or pulled pork drowned in gravy at least twice a week. (*pulled in the sense that they are traditional roasts that have been shredded, not a spicy pulled meat.) Their chips are delicious too. While the roast rolls were a daily staple, it was nice to see a variety in hot pasta dishes as well as veggie dishes.

I worked in the area over winter and the soups were amazing as well.

On the occasion I didn’t feel like hot food, the pre-made rolls were amazing. Although as a regular salad eater, I honestly don’t think I ever had a salad unless it was on the side of my roast rolls.

I can believe someone only having a salad. Not everyone wants chips and meat for lunch. Far too heavy. In fact, the salad here looks more pasta than salad. I would prefer more actual salad. My main meal is at night. But I guess if your main meal is at lunchtime and you eat lightly at night, the heavier meals would be more justified.

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No_Nose 11:54 am
25 Nov 15
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msgrumpy said :

Lovely food but so incredibly noisy – you just about have to yell at the staff behind the counter to make yourself heard. No soft surfaces/carpet to absorb noise. Don’t go there if you want to sit down and have a chat with friends while eating unless you can snag one of the outside tables

I’ve never had a bad sandwich, roll, wrap or salad from here. If you like melt-in-your mouth corned beef coupled with sauerkraut on rye then you can’t go past their Reuben. I haven’t tried any of the more substantial or hot dishes but they all seem to look great.

It’s licensed as well and is very popular with the afternoon public service lunch crowd who seem to not be required to go back to work after Friday lunch.

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batmantrilogy 1:56 pm
27 Nov 15
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noise pollution 😛
i had pasta and it was great in my opinion . Worth a try

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RB78 9:10 pm
02 Dec 15
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I’ve never had a bad meal at Double Drummer – good range and pretty reasonable prices/serving sizes.

Do agree that it’s very noisy in there though. If I’m lunching with friends I tend to go elsewhere. It’s great for lone wolf/takeaway lunches though.

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