Flour Drum is a quirky cafe in Newtown that serves a range of high quality, home made dishes in a warm, welcoming setting. Their daily menu features in-season produce paired with the finest locally sourced ingredients. Flour Drum is created by a trio of friends, Chris, John and Victor, who shared the vision of creating a unique cafe that serves great coffee and modern and hearty rustic food that is inspired by their diverse multi-cultural heritage.
We came here for lunch on a Saturday in a large group to celebrate their second birthday and the first thing we noticed on the window sill when we walked into the cafe was the delectable display of their freshly baked cakes, sweets and pies and the bustling and busy ambiance. The rocky road especially caught my eye, it looked so delicious and chunky!
We ordered the Tropical Delight smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, banana, coconut milk, sweetened lush yoghurt, milk and honey and the Blueberry Bliss smoothie with blueberries, banana, sweetened lush yoghurt, milk and honey to begin with. Both smoothies were freshly made with real fruit and so delicious and thick, I could literally taste the goodness with each sip. I also really enjoyed the coconut milk and honey, which made for great natural sweeteners.
Next we ordered some specials off their winter menu. The first dish we tried was the house made dumplings with BBQ duck, water chestnuts, garlic chives, and dried wild forest mushroom, fresh egg noodles in a duck and porcini mushroom broth. I really loved how many elements there were to this dish, the dumplings were so tender – they were a cross between asian dumplings and italian ravioli – and the fragrant porcini was infused throughout the broth. I also really enjoyed the Asian flavours, the egg noodles were soft and perfectly garnished with garlic chives.
The second dish we tried was the salad with purple and white roasted cauliflower, fried chickpeas, roast onion and Japanese pumpkin, black mushrooms, pepitas, watercress and pomegranate with a sherry and miso dressing. We got a side of pork belly with this dish which was the best idea ever, the pork belly melted in your mouth. I also really enjoyed the creative purple and white roasted cauliflower and the fried chickpeas, which was so tender and full of flavour, though my favourite vegetable would have to be the Japanese pumpkin, it was delicious and cooked to perfection.
Next we ordered the Malaysian beef rendang, a coconut and spice based curry served with a cardamom and green peppercorn infused jasmine rice and garlic pappadam. This South East Asian inspired dish was the most interesting of the three dishes, I really enjoyed the oh-so-tender beef, which was cooked in a creamy coconut curry with its multitude of spices adding a kick. I also really enjoyed adding the jasmine rice and curry onto the pappadam, which was freshly made and delectably crunchy.
Next we moved onto the famous desserts that Flour Drum is so well known for. To start off with, we tried their Black Forest Lamington, back by popular demand to celebrate their 2 year anniversary, with 10 layers of chocolate, cherry glaze and cream and coconut flake topping. This was such an amazing cake, the layers of chocolate was so rich and moist and perfectly balanced by the tartness of the cherry and the light cream. There was also a sparkler on top of the cake which made for a cute touch!
Next we tried their matcha lamington, which was another delicious dessert and much lighter than the black forest cake. I really enjoyed the strong green tea flavour, balanced out by the light sponge layers of the lamington and the cream was nice and light and went perfectly with the cake.
The final cake we tried was their chai spiced cake with fig and cream. This was the most dense of the three cakes and so rich in spices and chai, it is the perfect winter cake to have with a coffee or hot drink. I loved how moist it was, with the rich cream to balance out the heavier layers. We also had some champagne because what is a party without bubbles?
Next we tried a dessert off their winter menu; the bread and butter pudding with cream mascarpone, vanilla bean creme anglaise, persian fairy floss and pistachio dust. This was a phenomenal dessert, I loved how creamy the mascarpone was, with the vanilla bean creme anglaise combining to create a custard like dessert that soaked into the crunchy bread and butter pudding. It was addictive and I savoured every bite.
We also tried their vegan sticky date pudding, which was probably one of the best sticky date puddings I have ever had. It was served hot and the butterscotch sauce melted in my mouth, it was so perfectly moist, with the figs adding a natural sweet flavour to the dish.
Finally, we tried the warm spiced porridge, with steel cut oats, poached pear and fig jam. The porridge was delicious and nutritious, it was mild and not too sweet and with low GI, it is a great dish for breakfast to kick start your day and keep you full. The poached pear was so tender and the fig jam added a great natural sweetness to the dish.
I can not fault any of their desserts (or any of their savoury dishes either for that matter) and by the end of the meal we were all rolling out of the cafe, our appetites well and truly satisfied. Flour Drum is definitely one of its kind, you can tell how passionate the owners are about great food and hospitality and it is reflected in their creative and delicious ever changing menu, with high quality ingredients. Happy 2nd birthday Flour Drum, may there be many more birthdays to come!
Loveatfirstbite_aus dined as guests of FCBA and Flour Drum. All opinions are our own.