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The Golden Drum. Yum Cha review

By johnboy - 22 September 2011 10

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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:

golden drum sign

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?

brown bottle characters

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10 Responses to
The Golden Drum. Yum Cha review
dtc 10:42 am 23 Sep 11

And given how many menu yum cha places have a prominent ‘once you order you cannot cancel a dish’ statements (and I have certainly overordered many times), I imagine they sell more food as well.

Spykler 9:44 pm 22 Sep 11

mistertim said :

Everywhere I have had yum cha in Hong Kong and China involved ordering from a menu. Maybe the trolley system is one of the reasons I haven’t found any yum cha that was nearly as good in Australia.

Looking forward to checking this place out – even average yum cha is good.

+1 – have spent some time in Guanzhou and have never seen a yum-cha trolley- its always off the menu..and the service is lightening fast.

mistertim 9:17 pm 22 Sep 11

Everywhere I have had yum cha in Hong Kong and China involved ordering from a menu. Maybe the trolley system is one of the reasons I haven’t found any yum cha that was nearly as good in Australia.

Looking forward to checking this place out – even average yum cha is good.

phil m 5:50 pm 22 Sep 11

This Yum-Cha order-by-menu thing is getting more regular.
The first time I saw it was a couple of years ago at a random Yum Cha-torium in Adeliade and thought it was odd. But now I find Master So in Kippax does it by menu order, as does East Ocean in Chinatown Sydney and didn’t used to (good spot to check out BTW). A couple of weekends ago I wandered in to Golden Dragon at Fortitude Valley QLD to find the same thing going on there these days.

I think its all about being able to squeeze more tables in there by not having to provide spaces for the trolleys to move around. I still prefer the chaotic choose-with-the-eyes experience, but on the plus side ordering from the card usually means made-to-order so there can be a freshness factor involved. After all it’s the same yum cha.

Sushi-train or sushi from a menu?

johnboy 5:48 pm 22 Sep 11

bloviate said :

Ha, well I guess the old restaurant ‘Master Legend’ that only opened recently in the same space didn’t do so well. Such a great name for a restaurant, seriously. What made it even better was the ‘Chairman Mao pork’ and ‘face numbing chicken’. Both great dishes, and brilliant named.

Oh well, hope this place goes well

They still have the “master legend” branded chopstick holders.

bloviate 5:18 pm 22 Sep 11

Ha, well I guess the old restaurant ‘Master Legend’ that only opened recently in the same space didn’t do so well. Such a great name for a restaurant, seriously. What made it even better was the ‘Chairman Mao pork’ and ‘face numbing chicken’. Both great dishes, and brilliant named.

Oh well, hope this place goes well

geminisc 4:51 pm 22 Sep 11

our office checked it out on tuesday. we thought the scallop and prawn dumplings and the mango pudding was the best out of what we ordered. we toddled out at just over $16 a head. bargain!

Meconium 4:29 pm 22 Sep 11

More “blessing” than “luck”. And nice attempt at a joke ummmm_no but this isn’t a Japanese restaurant so that reading is pretty irrelevant.

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E7%A6%8F

poetix 3:50 pm 22 Sep 11

ummmm_no said :

It’s the character for luck… kind of a fuk u, really (first character in Fukushima).

No need to be rude.

ummmm_no 3:49 pm 22 Sep 11

It’s the character for luck… kind of a fuk u, really (first character in Fukushima).

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