Drums Cafe, Melbourne CBD

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.

Drums Cafe

71 Victoria Street
Victoria 3000

Telephone: (03) 9329 7588
E-mail: [email protected]

Tue, Thu – Sun: 9:30am to 3:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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