Atlanta >Food & Dining > Tin Drum Asia Cafe
88 Fifth St, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030833.776731 -84.390095
Mon.-Fri. 11am - 9pm Sat & Sun. 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Midtown, Northeast
Tin Drum specialty- Piedmont store – the prices stayed the same.. but the portions went down.
I went yesterday and the portion size had decreased by at least 1/4. The special is still dry and you have to ask for extra sauce (otherwise you are eating a lot of white rice) and they have the nerve to charge you $.75 for 2 tablespoons! Will they ever get it??
The crab and cheese egg rolls are the best I love it. – When ever I go to the Tin Drum I order at least five crab and cheese egg rolls they are dabomb my sister turned my on to the Tin Drum and I have been going there ever since my daughter's enjoy eating at the Tin Drum also I dream about the wraps. The employees are very professional and friendly also.
Pho-gone conclusion – We stumbled across this cute concept for an Asian restaurant when we were looking for lofts around Perimeter Mall, Dunwoody. There was a line so we were sure it was going to be great. We ordered thai basil rolls, hot and sour soup, and Pad Thai. The basil rolls were good. The hot and sour soup was thick and tasteless. What a disappointment. Someone had put too much thickener in the soup and forgot the rice vinegar. The pad thai almost made me cry. I was so ready to taste SOMETHING authentic and was distraught to find the sauce sickly sweet. It tasted like gummy, syrupy noodles with a few crushed peanuts on top. It was ALL sweet.
We decided to give it one more chance about a month later. We didn't feel like having burgers, or heavy Italian, so we wandered over to Tin Drum. The pho was beef broth with some pieces of roast beef floating in it and those overcooked thick noodles. ugh. The panang curry was spicy, which is good, but not spicy enough to cover the lack of coconut milk in the sauce. The veggies were minimal and the rice very gummy.
Bottom line, chain gone bad. Time to go and bring back some real pho.
Worst Pho Ever – Maybe I was spoiled by the fact that there were eight pho restaurants within walking distance of my undergrad university, but I am very unhappy with my Pho experience at Tin Drum. The broth was fine, although the extra garnishes were not on the side; lime, sprouts, bay leaves, etc. were already in the soup. For some of my fellow pho fans, who hate any one of those, this may have been a deal breaker, but it didn't bother me. I just removed the lime and began my meal. Service was fast, but Pho is always fast to make. There were no "Asian broth spoons" (just extremely shallow western spoons) or hoisin sauce, but at least there was sriracha, which goes great with the soup. What really ruined the meal for me, was the choice of meat in the Pho. The menu said roast beef, but I had hoped that they just used that term for those unfamiliar with eye round steak. My worst fears came true, the meat was just roast beef from a pack of presliced lunch meat. It did not absorb any of the flavors of the soup and just did not fit with the broth. Thinking of the resulting taste actually makes me naseous. Since the meat is such a key part of the soup, the Pho was ruined. I actually wish I would have asked for a refund, but I'm too non-confrontational. I was excited at the prospect of having a restaurant close to campus with Pho, but I guess I expected too much. I hate to write off a restaurant after one bad meal. but this was so egregious that I don't think I will ever go there again.
New Downtown Location - beware of cashier – I work downtown and am thrilled about Tin Drum's new location opening on Broad Street. It's a great place to grab lunch. The food is absolutely wonderful, and the service was great - with one exception: the cashier at the front has a major attitude problem. It's almost humorous how rude she is! It's apparent she hates her job and people in general, so be prepared. I really love this place, so hopefully the ownership will replace her soon.
Poor Service, very dirty – As I walked in, I noticed the kitchen staff laughing and giggling, playing jokes on each other, and when I got close to the counter to order my food, no one said hello, welcome, a little smile.....but that is all fine as long as everything else is ok. Beintg my first time there, I had no idea what to order, but the person taking my order wasn't interested in any of that. He couldn't wait to get rid of me so he could continue having a good time with his buddies in the kitchen. As I sat down in the main dining area at a table, suddenly the back door opened, and here comes in the produce guy with a hand cart full of products stacked on top of each other on a cart, and zooms by my food...... A few minutes later, I saw one kitchen staff, who was picking his nose earlier, come to the main dining room, and pour himself some soda at the fountain. A few seconds later, the waitress went to the soda fountain and poured herself a drink and started drinking it right there 5 feet away from where I was sitting in the dining area. The food came out.......A bowl of white sicky white rice, and a stew peanut sauce based with chicken. No body came to ask if I am dead or alive.........anyway, this is a kind of place that the employees throw a party for themselves and guess what...we are not invited.....a total dissapointment to the lunch break I was looking forward to all day.....Save yourself a trip and go to a place that receives you well with a warm welcome, and don't waist your time or money in this place. I already have done it for all of us.
So far, The cheeseburger place has been the best out of all the ones I have tried in this shopping center, oh and ofcourse, Lamadeline across the street.
All the best....
Great Food! Cheap Prices – I work across the street from Tin Drum and I go there at least one a week for lunch. I love the Pad Soo Won, it is my favorite. The only thing i don't like about Tin Drum is the seating layout, and it is always very crowded. Other than that, I highly recommend Tin Drum.
Cheap asian food, great price. – A small restaurant I was first introduced while at Georgia Tech... This is a place where you order, then sit. The food is brought out to you quickly. The food is cheap for college kids. A place where you run into your friends, roommates, classmates, and even professors possibly. When I say asian food, I mean... pan asian. Americanized !
Great food...lots of choices! – I eat here at least once a week. The food is always awesome, the service is great too. I recommend the Massaman curry, basil fried rice, or the Tin Drum....although all their dishes are pretty awesome. The prices are decent, and I always have leftovers! The place looks cool, and is usually always clean.
one of my favorites – I eat here several times per week. I can't get enough of the hot and sour soup with tofu added. My wife and I always get the Singapore Noodles (with Tofu). Staff are always very courteous and service is good. The food is really tasty and inexpensive. I wish there were more places like this to eat at Tech Square (healthy and cheap and quick).
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