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Tin Drum AsianCafe just opened up Friday in Oldsmar.  It’s a chain restaurant serving up a variety of Asian dishes from street tacos, to noodle dishes to a few Indian offerings.  The atmosphere is supposed to make you feel like you’re in a street cafe.  There were some long communal tables, music rocking in the background, and a noise level that made us decide to get our food to go.

They had already run out of several appetizers, so we settled on one of the crab & cheese spring rolls, a teriyaki stirfry for me and a spinach ginger salad for Loren.


The spring roll was basically a crab rangoon in a wonton wrapper.  It was crispy and tasty.  Loren was a little disappointed in his salad.  Although the ingredients were fresh, he expected much more of a ginger flavor since “ginger” was in the title of the dish.  There wasn’t any fresh ginger in the salad and the only ginger flavor came from the dressing.  He also said the chicken was underseasoned.

The teriyaki chicken had a tasty sauce on it, but the veggies were few & far between.  It was supposed to have cabbage, mushrooms, carrots & onions but there just wasn’t much of it in the container.  Overall, it felt like a small portion compared to what you get at other restaurants in the area.  Don’t get me wrong, it was flavorful and fresh, and the chicken was tender, but there was nothing about the experience that completely wow’d us.  They have a different special going on every day this week since it’s their opening week and one our entrees was half price, so total bill with a drink was $18.

Tin Drum Asian Cafe
3689 Tampa Rd
Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: Asian, Oldsmar
  • My sister & I were in Orlando this weekend and had lunch at Hawkers.  It’s an Asian street fare tapas restaurant  We ordered and shared four different items.  First up, the vegetarian spring rolls.



    These were pretty standard spring rolls.  Next up were the curry meatballs.



    These had a bit of spice to them, but the curry wasn’t overwhelmingly hot.  The meatballs had a good texture and flavor.  The last two items we ordered were the Bok Choy and Crispy Canton Noodles.




    Both of these suffered from an overabundance of salt.  The bok choy was cooked well, but it was also supposed to have shitake mushrooms and I think there was one on the plate.  The veggies in the crispy noodles were tender crisp with some pieces of pork.  We kept dunking the crispy noodles into the sauce to soften them, but then they just got too salty to eat.  They have a large menu of different items, but these four were enough to fill us for the afternoon.  Total bill was $21.

    Hawkers Asian Street Fare
    1103 N. Mills Ave
    Orlando, FL

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  • Filed under: Asian, Orlando