“We offer fast, casual pan-Asian from multiple countries. We feature dishes from China, Japan, Thailand. They are all walk up to order but we, tin drummers, bring the dishes to you,” said Elisa Gumbel, Marketing Manager for the corporate office. “We have hearty, large portions of wonderful, warm Asian food.”
“Our goal is to make you feel like you’re in the middle of a hustling and bustling street in an Asian café. It’s high energy. We play music you won’t hear everywhere. We keep it upbeat and lively,” she said.
The café took its name from an Asian legend about a young boy in a community who banged a tin drum every morning to bring people out of their homes to the cafes to hear the news of the day.
“The boy didn’t think he really mattered, but he was the heartbeat of the community,” said Gumbel, a Smyrna resident who grew up in Marietta. She graduated from Pope High School in east Cobb in 2000.
The restaurant’s founder, Steven Chan, is a world traveler who grew up in Hong Kong. His wife is from Thailand.
“Many of these dishes he grew up on or he came across in his travels. They have a history, but these dishes are unique to these countries. They’re very authentic recipes,” she said.
Patrons can dine quickly or take their time. “You don’t have to clean up after yourself and you get the dish brought to you. You can get in and out quickly at a great price and have tons of food. It’s a nice blend of full service and fast, casual,” Gumbel said.
Tin Drum Asiacafé opened its first location in Cobb County on Nov. 25 for a total of 13 restaurants in Georgia. “Cobb County is a big part of the metro Atlanta area. We knew we were missing so much opportunity not bringing Tin Drum to the community. It’s a great part of Atlanta we wanted to touch base on. We’re happy to be in Cobb County now,” she said.
Tin Drum Curry, a chicken dish served over rice, is recommended for first time guests.
“It’s a great introduction to a curry dish. It has a sweet coconut chili sauce base. It’s a little spicy and a little sweet. It’s absolutely delicious,” she said.
“We are a humble, small restaurant —very simple, very straightforward but we hope it brings a little more to your life,” Gumbel said.
Tin Drum Asiacafé is at 125 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit Tindrumcafe.com or call (678) 540-3471.