Thanks to Tin Drum AsiaCafe for the delicious complementary meal. All opinions and jealousy are my own.
One of the best parts of Summer is being able to take my kids out to lunch, it’s a treat we don’t get during the school year and we all really enjoy it. A few days ago we were invited out to lunch at Tin Drum so we took a break from video games and drum practice and headed out.
Tin Drum’s Pan Asian menu has a LOT to offer and we sampled quite a few of their tasty treats. We started with a variety of appetizers (pictured in the collage above): Chicken Pot Stickers (crispy, juicy and DELICIOUS), Veggie Spring Roll (Flavorful and packed with Vegetable goodness) and Crab and Cheese Spring Roll ( Our server had to sell me on this, I usually stay away from Crab Rangoon and this seemed similar. When I’ve had it in other restaurants I haven’t enjoyed it but Tin Drum has managed to make a good rendition of it. The cream cheese is nicely balanced with the crab, most other times I’ve had it the cream cheese over powers the delicate flavor of the crab).
We also tried a round of Thai coconut Soup. It was creamy and rich with a pleasantly sharp bite of lime. This was my favorite dish of the day, Just thinking about it now makes me want to jump in the car and get a bowl.
For entrees we shared a selection of rice and noodle dishes. We tried the Mango Stir Fry which is sweet, fruity and a bit spicy from the jalapenos. The peppers, onions and other vegetables in the stir fry are incredibly fresh and well prepared. The basil in the dish adds a lovely fragrant quality that my daughter was really taken with. After this lunch she was inspired to add basil to her own recipes.
We tried the Sweet and sour Chicken Stir Fry, a dish that most of us are familiar with-crispy chicken stir fried withe pineapple, peppers and onion. the chicken in both dishes was crispy but not overly breaded, just a thin layer of batter surrounding the juicy chicken.
The stars of the show were the pork dishes on the seasonal Summer Menu. The Nom Nom Pork Bowl is a hit with thin rice noodles topped with sweet glazed pork loin and a chilled, shredded pickled daikon and carrot.
…and then it happened. We tried the Pork Banh Mi-pork loin with red pepper aioli, cucumber and the pickled daicon radish/carrot combination on a grilled Asian roti. My son said it was the best thing he’s eaten in a long time. EXCUSE ME?!?! The best thing…well I NEVER! Honestly I can’t argue with him because it was delicious. The Asian roti is flaky, chewy and a bit thicker than a tortilla.
I enjoyed our lunch and we’ll be back after I get over my jealousy. I think that will be soon.
Tin Drum has lots of locations in Georgia and one in Florida. Check them out when you get a chance. We visited the Roswell, GA location on this visit.