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Flower Drum

9.7/10
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17 Market Lane, 3000 Melbourne (VIC)See map

Average price A$145

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In China, a flower drum is known as a traditional dance famous for its beauty and elegance. In Melbourne, it is a Chinese restaurant that displays the same elements of refinement and delicacy through our concept of fine dining Cantonese cuisine and dedicated service. Flower drum, the restaurant, is a place that believes in combining great food, fine wine and impeccable service for a unique dining experience each and every time.

In China, 'Flower Drum' is known as a traditional dance famous for its beauty and elegance. In Melbourne, it's a similar story. ‘Flower Drum' is a Chinese restaurant that displays the same elements of refinement and delicacy through their concept of fine dining Cantonese cuisine and dedicated service. Put simply, it's a complete Cantonese package: the service is second to none, the food - well it's outstanding and the classical dining room is thick with a ripe sense of occasion. Enjoy Cantonese classics such as duck wontons or fall-apart honey-braised pork ribs that come with two essential accompaniments – rice and a finger bowl. Native produce shines in dishes such as stir-fried pearl meat and the luscious, complex wallaby tail soup with wolfberries and yam, while the heavy-hitting wine list drips with prestige. Restaurants come - and some of them go, but none play exactly the same role as this one does.

INSIDER tip

Executive Chef Anthony Lui is a firm believer in quality. Thus, fresh ingredients are purchased daily from the market and featured as seasonal or daily specials in the restaurant. Anthony and his team are constantly creating new dishes that have impressed critics and customers alike. Staff at the Flower Drum believe in intimacy so if you are willing, it would be but their greatest pleasure to create a unique and special menu just for you.

Restaurant menu

Chef Anthony Lui
  • Average price A$145
  • American express Welcome
Please refer to the Flower Drum website for the latest menu.
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Peking duck
King Prawns
Peking duck
Truffle fried rice
Banana Fritters

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Reviews

9.7/10
Excellent927 reviews
9.7/10

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  • Alli W.
    Alli W.

    June 21, 20221 review

    10/10

    The Flower Drum is outstanding in food and service. You're made to feel like the only ones in the restaurant, even when it's busy. Everything is beautifully timed. We loved it all.

  • Kris D.
    Kris D.

    June 13, 20221 review

    10/10

    Fr

  • Margaret n.
    Margaret n.

    June 11, 20222 reviews

    7/10

    This is the fourth time I visited and I felt that they were rushing us through, didn’t feel relaxed at all might give it a miss in future

  • Jill G.
    Jill G.

    May 24, 20221 review

    10/10

    The Flower Drum was beautiful the moment you walked up to the door. The food the service the atmosphere was perfect and a true experience. I’ve waited so long and it was worth it xxx

  • Pramitha r.
    Pramitha r.

    May 23, 20222 reviews

    10/10

    Excellent atmosphere, great customer service and scrumptious food! Everything about Flower Drum is always perfect. Highly recommend to celebrate anyone's special occasions.

  • Simone D.

    April 19, 20221 review

    10/10

    Experience is amazing Staff exceptional, food was fabulous

  • Jessica W.

    March 13, 20221 review

    10/10
  • Helen L.
    Helen L.

    March 9, 20224 reviews

    10/10

    Fresh and delicious Chinese food, friendly staff, will be back soon.

  • Federica i.
    Federica i.

    February 26, 202222 reviews

    10/10

    Great food. Great value. Great hospitality. Serving us was Barney, who was amazing and attentive.

  • Kelsey T.

    February 14, 20221 review

    10/10

    I had such a great first time at Flower Drum. I loved everything from service to food. Thank you for such a great day! My partner had a fantastic birthday. Lychee martini is a must try!

  • Linda Y.

    February 8, 20221 review

    10/10
  • John C.
    John C.

    February 7, 202287 reviews

    10/10

    Great service and really friendly staff:-) The food was so delicious????. One of the best Cantonese cuisine in Melbourne!!!

  • Michael C.
    Michael C.

    January 26, 20226 reviews

    8.5/10
  • Yoong C.
    Yoong C.

    January 24, 2022118 reviews

    10/10
  • Sylvie M.

    January 11, 20221 review

    9.5/10

    Food and service is always second to none. Thank you for your hospitality!

  • Sally Wu
    Sally Wu

    December 24, 20219 reviews

    10/10

    Brand new renovation with a front bar. Looks amazing! Service and food are always first class. Staff are all excellent and Barry is always exceptional. Will keep coming here forever!

  • Thai L.

    December 23, 20211 review

    9/10
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin S.

    December 21, 20211 review

    8.5/10

    It is many years since I went to the Flower Drum. The decor is old and tired and it needs a complete makeover.

  • CK L.
    CK L.

    December 12, 202122 reviews

    10/10

    Flower Drum is always superb with the food. The Peking Duck and beef were cooked to perfection. The service is impeccable and there is a fantastic ambiance.

  • Mark C.

    December 11, 20214 reviews

    10/10

    If you are looking for the best Chinese food in Melbourne with the wine list and service to match then the Flower Drum is the place simply outstanding.

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Monday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM

How to get to the restaurant

17 Market Lane, 3000, Melbourne (VIC), Australia

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Please note that all seating durations are limited to 1 hour 30 minutes.

About the restaurant

In China, 'Flower Drum' is known as a traditional dance famous for its beauty and elegance. In Melbourne, it's a similar story. ‘Flower Drum' is a Chinese restaurant that displays the same elements of refinement and delicacy through their concept of fine dining Cantonese cuisine and dedicated service. Put simply, it's a complete Cantonese package: the service is second to none, the food - well it's outstanding and the classical dining room is thick with a ripe sense of occasion. Enjoy Cantonese classics such as duck wontons or fall-apart honey-braised pork ribs that come with two essential accompaniments – rice and a finger bowl. Native produce shines in dishes such as stir-fried pearl meat and the luscious, complex wallaby tail soup with wolfberries and yam, while the heavy-hitting wine list drips with prestige. Restaurants come - and some of them go, but none play exactly the same role as this one does.

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