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Flower Drum

9.7/10
836
17 Market Lane, 3000 Melbourne (VIC)See map

Average price A$145

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  • Average price A$145
  • American express Welcome
Seafood soup dumpling
A$22
Large dumpling of handpicked mud crab, scallop, prawns, woodear mushroom and bamboo shoots in superior chicken broth
Mud crab siu lung bao
A$10
Scallop siu mai (each)
A$5.5

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Ratings & Reviews

Excellent

9.7/10
based on 836 reviews
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Quality of food :9.8/10
Service :9.8/10
Setting :9.2/10
  1. Petra P.
    Petra P.
    • one review
    10/10

    The food definitely lives up to expectations. Combined with incredible service and five star atmosphere we can’t wait to go back. Special thank you to ‘Franco’ who made our experience even more memorable!

  2. Siew Kin C.
    Siew Kin C.
    • 7 reviews
    10/10

    I have been coming here several times over the years. Service and foods are consistently good.

  3. Wayne C.
    Wayne C.
    • 5 reviews
    9/10

    After opening it’s doors and establishing itself as Melbourne’s premier Cantonese cuisine restaurant over forty six years ago. The Flower Drum still retains a high quality standard of food and matching service. I enjoyed the Chef’s Signature banquet menu as a solo diner paired with matching wines with each of the six dish course. Delicious and excellently executed in it’s delivery.

  4. Janice C.
    Janice C.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    The food was amazing, the service even better! I thoroughly enjoyed the meal! The staff was well informed of the menu. The overall ambience was excellent! I look forward to visiting again! Thank you ????

  5. Jacqueline T.
    Jacqueline T.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Flower Drum has been on my list to try for a long time. I was not disappointed in the least. The food was simply fabulous, the meats were fresh and just melted in your mouth. The waiters and staff were so attentive and made the whole dine-in experience special. Definitely would recommend and this place would be top of my list for special occasions.

  6. Julia S.
    Julia S.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Eye fillet and the Peking duck beautiful. Service was outstanding.

  7. John p.
    John p.
    • 17 reviews
    10/10

    flower drum is an excellent fine diner with great service and food...the dining room tables are nicely spaced out also so great for an intimate experience

  8. Vicki J.
    Vicki J.
    • one review
    10/10

    Never lets us down. A Melbourne icon, great food, great service and a wonderful vibe. Our waiter Derek was exceptional, looked after us so well. But hey that is what you get from the Flower Drum. Had first timers to the restaurant and they were very impressed.

  9. Keely L.
    Keely L.
    • one review
    10/10

    absolutely beautiful service, very attentive but not too over bearing and delicious food. very very much enjoyed. made my partners birthday very special. thank-you very much.

  10. Mirella M.
    Mirella M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Amazing, excellent friendly service, thank you for making my birthday special ????

  11. James G.
    James G.
    • one review
    10/10

    Food and service excellent.Staff very attentive and helpful.A great day we have booked a function for later this year and the manager helped us pla this.

  12. Terry D.
    Terry D.
    • 8 reviews
    10/10

    As always a great venue for special occasions. From the moment you enter the restaurant until you leave you are made to feel special. The food was again fantastic especially he Pearl Meat and the Peking Duck.

  13. Louisa H.
    Louisa H.
    • one review
    6/10

    We’ve dined at Flower Drum in the past & always held it high in standard. We waited a long time for food, portions were smaller, majority of the food was average tasting, weight staff seemed on edge & unfriendly. Disappointing considering we choose to celebrate Dads 70th here.

  14. Mary K.
    Mary K.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Our first time to the Flower Drum and it didn’t disappoint. Great food and friendly, professional staff who were very attentive. Highly recommend.

  15. Sophie A.
    Sophie A.
    • one review
    9/10

    Our summer tasting lunch banquet was exceptional. Great variety . The service and staff were welcoming and attentive . A great experience after having been in isolation for most of the year.

  16. Jim X.
    Jim X.
    • one review
    10/10

    Flower Drum continues to deliver three decades on. The atmosphere is incredible and the quality of the food is second to none. Amazing establishment that is sure to impress any guest!

  17. Amy V.
    Amy V.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Great elegant atmosphere, delicious foods and friendly staffs. However the prices were way too expensive for very small portions. Expect to spend around $40 each person to have a full belly (or not?). I recommend to go as a group to maybe save your budget even just a little bit.

  18. Tony Z.
    Tony Z.
    • one review
    10/10

    Amazing.

  19. Meredith W.
    Meredith W.
    • one review
    10/10

    As always, the Flower Drum didn’t disappoint. The food was exceptional and the waiters were polite, attentive and thorough without being intrusive. Dessert options have improved a lot. Love it every time we go.

  20. gary m.
    gary m.
    • one review
    10/10

    One of the great restaurants of the world. Always a very special experience. Fabulous food and service that is so good it sometimes seems invisble. A model for all others.

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More information

Opening time

Lunch

Monday to Saturday: 12noon to 3:00pm

Dinner*

Monday to Sunday: 6:00pm to 11:00pm

* Temporarily, while capacity restrictions are in place, dinner service will be two seatings:

6:00pm until 7:30pm

8:00pm until closing

How to get to the restaurant

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

About the restaurant

The complete Cantonese package..

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.

Best dish: fall-apart honey-braised pork ribs

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