week I attended a tasting night at Tin Drum with fellow Atlanta Foodie Bloggers – Yoga in Heels, Caroline In The City, and the awesome duo from Kitchen Man Can. The atmosphere at Tin Drum is like an Asian Fusion version of Panera’s. They offer organic meats, fresh vegetables and an extensive gluten-free menu! The cafe is decorated with bright colors, and it’s a quick-serve style with customers ordering up front and servers bringing out the food to your table.
We ate at the Tin Drum near Chastain Park in Atlanta, a great area of town. The location is a little hard to detect from the road, but it’s in the same shopping center as
The Fresh Market. We sampled the fried shrimp taco and crab and cheese egg roll. The shrimp taco was delicious and filling enough to have as a meal. The crab and cheese egg roll tried to Americanize the Asian crab rangoon too much. Sometimes things are just best the way they are. But the sweet and sour sauce that comes with the egg roll is delicious and made in-house!
We sampled several entrees, starting with Pad Woon Sen, Mango Jalapeño Chicken, Coconut Curry Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala. My favorite was the Coconut Curry Chicken because it held closer to its Asian roots than any of the other dishes ( but this may be a personal preference). Tin Drum is perfect for on the budget dining with entrees costing about $8-$12 and portions are very generous!
You don’t often see quick serve Asian restaurants done up-scale, but Tin Drum has finally marched onto the eating scene to throwout fast-food Asian restaurant stereotypes.
They are quickly expanding to more locations so keep an eye out for them because they could be coming to your neighborhood soon!