MELBOURNE | I recently visited Drums Cafe in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, on behalf of What’s On Melbourne. The Sri Lankan cafe opened 25 years ago, with the aim of bringing Sri Lankan street food to locals and tourists from around the world.
On the menu, you’ll find things like kothu roti, devilled chicken, lamprais, and more. There’s also a relatively recent addition to the menu that’s become very popular with regulars. It’s their sambal curry pouch, which features freshly cut okra, kang kong, chilli with prawn or chicken, steam grilled in a foil pouch.
There’s also an assortment of curries popular not just in Sri Lanka, but India and Malaysia too. The curries are gluten free, and like everything else on the menu, are made fresh each day.
Although Sri Lankan food has become more popular in Australia since 1996, there’s still a lot that’s unknown about it in mainstream Australian culture. 25 years after it first opened, Drums Cafe is still a great way to get acquainted with the cuisine.
71 Victoria Street
Tue, Thu – Sun: 9:30am to 3:00pm