Melbourne's most unconventional dumpling diner.
August 29, 2018
UPDATE: JULY 22, 2020 — Drumplings is selling take-home servings of pre-packaged dumplings that customers can order online, get delivered and then cook at home. Eleven of the eatery's popular flavours are available, including camembert, beef pie, chicken satay, beef rendang, truffle mushroom and mac 'n' cheese. Gluten-free options are available, too. Each 24-dumpling single-flavour pack costs $24.95–29.95 each.
Melburnians are pretty darn adventurous when it comes to food. They'll eat crickets on a salad, try salt-flavoured soft serve and even broccoli lattes. But, this CBD dumpling house takes things a few steps further.
Setting up shop on Bourke Street, the neon-drenched Drumplings is the brainchild of Deon St. Mor, the mind behind beauty brand MOR Cosmetics and the now-closed rooftop glamping hotel St Jerome's.
And it has more than a few surprises in store for local dumpling lovers, with a menu filled with some pretty wild, globally-inspired inventions. Here, classic Chinese creations like prawn and chive har gow, and soup-filled xiao long bao, sit alongside dumplings stuffed with fillings riffing on chilli con carne, cheeseburger, truffle mushroom and beef rendang.
A chicken laksa version features braised meat, lemongrass, tamarind and coconut; while the 'fish n chips' number lists hoki, roasted chips, beer batter and vinegar salt among its ingredients. Team yours with a craft beer or alcoholic icypole, as you soak up the vibe of the equally bold space — think, palm fronds, hot pink floors and loads of high-energy prints.