Drumplings

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Asian
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We are a unique modern dumpling diner that offers a global twist on a traditional classic. Think Cheeseburger, Mac & Cheese, Beef Rendang, Truffle Mushroom and Chili Con Carne, hand wrapped into a traditional dumpling. We are a destination of exciting new adventures and discoveries.

In addition to the global menu, we also offer classic Chinese favourites such as the Xiao Long Bao, Prawn & Ginger dumplings and Gua Baos including Char Sui Pork and Smokey Szechuan Chicken - paying homage and respecting the art and history of dumplings.

Using locally produced and sustainably sourced ingredients of the highest quality, Drumplings delivers something entirely new to the Melbourne food scene – an unforgettable taste sensation never before experienced
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PL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Ordered 2x dishes. One dish came and said the other would follow. 20 minutes later after being ignored by wait staff they went to check on it. Another 10 minutes later come back and say it will be another 10 minutes. At this stage the other party had already finished their food so cancelled the order and walked out.

BB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food, ambience and service! Could not fault anything here! We did the bottomless brunch option & it was definitely value for money!

C
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Ambience was interesting. Neon lights and fake plants. Food was average. Wasn’t expecting a lot from the signature dumplings because they were bound to be weird and just a novelty (cheeseburger dumpling was a trip...) but even the traditional dumplings were not good. The main floor manager kept hurrying us out as well and we did have a large number of our party be very late but we still ordered for our entire party in a timely manner and we would still be out by the allocated time but he kept reminding us of the time and even brought the party that was arriving at 7:30 to our table at 7:20 saying to them that this would be their table when these people leave. It was not a pleasant dining experience but the waitress we had most of our interaction with was lovely and understanding. Would not recommend and I can see this place shutting down within the year after the novelty has worn off.

J
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dumplings, fast service and great price, easy to book for the group - will come back

L
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Yummy dumplings and great variety in the menu. Would highly recommend the chicken boa buns and mushroom dumplings. We also had the lemon meringue dumplings for desert? The citrus curd was delicious however combined with the dumpling pastry wasn’t a success. I would not order the dumplings again from the desert menu

L
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolute favourite place to go in the CBD. Celebrated my birthday here with friends. Staff sang happy birthday and were very friendly! Love it, will keep coming back!

JM
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great casual dinner
Love the cheeseburger dumplings
A little bit on the loud side so better for a younger crowd

BC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So good! Really enjoyed the dinner and drinks. Setting us up in the courtyard made iit a little less noisy and really cosy with the heaters on. Would definitely recommended anyone looking for good food, good vibes, outstanding service.

f
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Very crowded and tables were so close together it was hard to have a conversations. The food portions were quite small and over priced.

LC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the most amazing time at drumplings on Saturday night! It was a surprise for my dad as an early fathers day and everyone in our group left wanting to go again! Food was incredible across all the dishes we had and staff were so so lovely!! Thank you so much drumplings! Will definitely recommend!

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

the wait was quite long for both being seated and food coming out, but that was understandable on a busy sunday afternoon. servers were friendly but service was very slow. a lot of order mistakes were being made for tables around us as well, and kitchen was out of menu items and it was only 12pm.

food portions were smaller than expected and did not surprise or delight in terms of quality. I felt it was definitely not worth the price, an hour wait at $85 for 2 people that left still hungry. It was a fun novelty but I wouldn't go back again.

PF
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

This is the first time that I have been to drumplings on a weekend and the customer service was disgraceful.
Our first drinks order didn’t arrive and then our food order was lost in the kitchen
We waited over a hour and a half to receive our first dumplings that were just dumped on the table with no explaining of the contents
Other customers where leaving as no one even came to take their orders
A total shambles on Sunday 25/08/2019
Not sure I will ever return

CW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I’m so sad to be writing a negative review regarding the service we received on Sunday 27th August.
My friend was visiting from interstate and I had excitedly told him I’d take him to try cheeseburger dumplings. We arrived at 12:30 to find that the place was fairly busy but I had a reservation and so we got given a table by the window which was lovely. My friend had to leave the city at 2pm to get a plane but being 1230 we had allowed enough time for some dumplings and Convo before he had to leave.
We ordered a round of drinks and decided on some dumplings to share (3 pax).
We then sat for 20 mins and finally got attention of a waiteress and ordered and then seemed to wait what felt like ages for for any food to come to our table... what struck me as odd was we had ordered Nutella dumplings for “dessert” and yet they got bought out first.We shrugged it off and decided to eat them whilst still hot. They are delicious! We got chatting and then Matt anxious checked his watch to see it had been around 1/2 hour and we hadn’t received anything more that we had ordered (7 more types of dumplings) so we asked a waiter to follow it up for us.
We then received no communication but patiently waited. We received 2 more trays of dumplings about 10 mins later and devoured them (they were tasty but all crumbled). We assumed the rest would be out soon but nothing more came out. We then had a chef or waiter ask us what we had ordered and what we had received to the table already. The lack of communication was so stressful.
We waited thinking that we would received our next dumplings soon after but nothing.
I reasked the waitress how much longer they may be as if they are any longer we must leave and should cancel our order (it’s now 1:45 so a whole hour and 15 mins since arrival) she replied that she was still checking up on it all and would let us know.
Finally it’s 1:55pm and we get told they would be about 20mins. The girl hadn’t been on shift long but was so understanding

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

I unfortunately would not recommend Drumplings to a friend solely because of how rude the staff were to each other their guests. We were greeted I assume by the restaurant or service manager with a ‘oh your the late commers’, which is understandable to be a bit annoyed but is it really worth pointing it out? We had to embarrassingly laugh it off and were already put out because we were 7 minutes late to dinner. There was no line up of people waiting to eat but it was busy so I will give them that, it felt like we were instantly not welcome. Like sorry we can leave now and find another restaurant who would be happy to serve a large group, we persevered as we were told the food was very good. Once seated the girl who took our order was lovely and another male staff was great as well but least 80% of the staff were aggressive when dropping food off to our table of 9. We were wanting to clarify what food was being dropped off as a few people on our table do not eat meat however, when we asked these questions we were answered once with ‘I will ask the chef’ and the other times with ‘you will figure it out on your own’ and another time with and aggressive ‘it’s for the table’, and that’s only if they even acknowledged the question. We also experienced one staff member lean inbetween two of our group members to grab some chopsticks without saying anything, while swiping them from
The table dropping multiple chopsticks on their heads. Not a single excuse me, sorry, apologies and even whoops was heard. We were waiting on more food as the kitchen staff were quite backed up however, one staff member without saying anything started aggressively grabbing the plates and utensils from in front of us and when I said ‘sorry we are just waiting on a few more dishes’ he answered with and abrupt ‘why didn’t you say that before’. To anyone going thinking of going there the food reasonably good however the experience and the general vibe is incredibly off putting.

KS
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great food, but very noisy and not comfortable on big middle table. Appreciate gluten free options.

P
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. We went as a group of five including two teenagers and everyone loved it. Really fun concept and well executed!

LC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such awesome service especially the waiter to greeted us! And the food was amazing!

DO
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great food. We were a little disappointed that we were unable to get the toastie. Seems to be the only small problem with coming here is each time we have come there’s been a menu item that they have been out of that we wanted to try. Besides this those, food and service are great!

BW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've been before and this time we came back with friends. We absolutely love it and love that they cater for vegans too!

MA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service as always at Drumplings!
Fun atmosphere to be a part of and enjoy some delicious dumplings and yummy cocktails.
Will be back soon and always recommend to friends and family.

SM
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the third time I’ve returned to eat at Drumplings and I honestly cannot get enough. I just keep bringing more friends along!

TR
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Really great food! Lord the truffle mushroom dumplings and the crispy chicken buns. In fact everything was fabulous!

l
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Too noisy. Otherwise, food and service way above average.

SO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We did a girls bottomless brunch here it was fantastic would defo recommend it 👌

ML
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Atmosphere was great! Great as a social spot for dinner, drinks etc. However I got the mac and cheese dumplings and they were terrible. Maybe traditional dumplings are more my thing but I didnt try them here. I also found it annoying that they didn't want to split the bill between 3 of us. I'd go back, however would try something different net time.

DF
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, seriously try everything. Atmosphere was great, book if you have a large group of people. Alcoholic tea.... Yes please.

N
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

loved it. recommended by a friend and will recommend on to my friends. something familiar with an unexpected twist. great for a girls lunch or dinner with people visiting from out of town to impress them. can't wait to come back

4
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am a sucker for a dumpling and when I saw their not so traditional dumpling menu I was keen to try. We booked early and it was packed. We worked our way through most of the menu and both their traditional and non traditional dishes were excellent. They were short staffed but the staff were friendly.

E
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best meal EVER! Love you Drumplings! Will recommend to everyone.

EW
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and drinks were unbelievable.
Service was great too

A
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for the chef's selection menu and were not disappointed! Dumplings we're super tasty (with some unique flavours) and the service was fantastic, definitely coming back here ☺️

M
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We went for Bottomless Brunch on a Saturday morning at 11:15, one of our guests arrived 30 mins late. The staff were fantastic and very accommodating. We only were meant to have the table for 2 hours but spend well over 2:30-3 hours due to our late arrival. The food was fantastic, only criticism is that it came out all at once. Since we had a bottomless brunch package, extra time in between servings to allow for the food to be eaten and more drinks to be served would have been ideal. The serving of drinks took 15-20mins after each order but it was still fantastic value for money and we managed 7-8 rounds within our time there. I would highly recommend coming right at 11am to make the most of the 2 hour brunch package. I will come back for it again!

E
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The food was AMAZING! The service really let down the restaurant. We ordered drinks that never arrived and no one cleared our dishes after we had finish for about half an hour, and they never came back to see if we wanted dessert or the bill.

K
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Such friendly staff and knowledgeable about the menu.

R
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Great fusion food. However, the wait for the soup was too long while the other food came on time. Made it a bit awkward at the table.

M
Hamburg Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and lots of laughter. Food was well done and a great place to take friends for something unusual

AW
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Drumplings offers unusual dumplings and baus and interesting drinks. The seating is uncomfortable on the garden furniture down the middle of the room.

S
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The meal was generally good, with some interesting choices of unique dumplings on offer. Service was nice in general and attentive: however, we were directed to sit at a table missing a chair and it was unclear what we were meant to do. The music was way too loud and I couldn’t hear the person I was dining with.

FZ
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great place and great service. I tried most of the dumplings and some stick to each other and cannot hold it without breaking them which becomes a mess. Taste is pretty good, what I loved was the chicken bao! Prawn bao doesn’t worth it though.

SM
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Couldn’t recommend Drumplings enough! The venue is beyond beautiful, the vibe is fun and fresh! Staff were incredibly friendly, Hudson was so accommodating with our table and made our experience 100 x better. Libby served our table and she was so sweet. Food is delishous and unique, unlike anywhere else I have been! 11/10 for drumplings, will be coming back again and again and again!

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