The Golden Drum is one of the horde of new restaurants opening up around Childers Street in Civic West, they’re on University Avenue just around the corner from the Street Theatre.
Opening just this weekend gone they loudly proclaim themselves to be a Yum Cha joint. And offer this explanation in the window:
Personally I’ve always been a fan of the zen of Yum Cha. Sit down, order some drinks, wait for the trolley to trundle by, or the serving tray to whisk past, and take your chances with an odyssey of the unknown.
Sadly the Drum doesn’t have a licence, so no lashings of Tsing Tao to go with this meal.
And the waitress we had didn’t know the menu in English, which made for a lot of pointing.
But wait? A menu?
Yep, this is Yum Cha ordered off a menu and made to order.
For a lot of people, who don’t get the trolley pot-luck thing, this will probably be a selling point of the restaurant.
Remembering what you’ve already ordered, and what you liked first time around gets a touch challenging at times though.
Our group walked out for a shade under $20 a head having eaten our fill so it’s pretty reasonable.
As for the food? Ordering off the menu you lose the thrill of “what’s that?” which comes with the trolley. There was a lotus paste bun thing which I’d never had before and was a fun novelty.
Other than that it’s all pretty competent without particularly leaping out.
Those uncomfortable with the chaotic nature of other Yum Cha joints however might well be drawn to the more structured menu system.
And for our Chinese readers, what’s this character they’ve got greeting the customers made our of brown bottles?