Eating Out

Tin Drum Asia Café

tindrumcafe.com
10 metro locations.
Open for lunch and dinner. Hours vary.

My family of four headed to the Dunwoody location of Tin Drum Asia Café for a weeknight dinner, and a taste of a different culture. Tin Drum is inspired by street food in Asia, and we noticed that theme everywhere, from the music to the soda machine (the Coca-Cola sign on the fountain is written in Japanese!)  The décor at Tin Drum includes cement floors, silver ‘tin’ tables and various pictures in an Asian theme. We found ourselves transported, both by our surroundings and by our meal.
What’s on the menu: The menu is easy to follow and features traditional Asian flavors. Dishes like mango stir fry, Panang curry, Pho, and several varieties of street noodles make it nearly impossible to not find something for your palate. The kitchen also customizes the spice level so it’s easy to modify the ‘heat’ of a certain dish for children’s taste buds. Food prices are reasonable, with appetizers priced $3-$5, and entrees $7-$9.
Why parents like it: After ordering, the food came out quickly. Customer service was impeccable and the staff made sure we enjoyed our meal. We were pleased to find plenty of high chairs and booster seats, even at the dinner hour. My husband loved his mango stir fry with thin noodles, and I enjoyed the chop chop salad with chicken. There were several other dishes that looked interesting, so we know there will be variety for us when we return.
Why kids like it: My boys had a great time playing with chopsticks, and eventually eating with them! My son enjoyed his chicken nuggets, typically served with sweet and sour sauce. All locations offer a kids’ menu with choices like Pad Thai, Lo Men and stir fry, all with chicken, priced at $4.99, including a fountain drink.  Before leaving, my five-year-old munched on a tasty dessert: a chocolate chip cookie the size of my one-year-old’s head! 
– Kim Curnutt