Flower Drum
Address:
17 Market lane, Melbourne VIC        Contact details
Cuisines:
Chinese
Thu hours:
12:00 to 15:00, 18:00 to 22:30    View schedule
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Flower Drum Schedule
Dining Schedule
Sun
18:00 to 22:30
Mon
12:00 to 15:00
18:00 to 22:30
Tue
12:00 to 15:00
18:00 to 22:30
Wed
12:00 to 15:00
18:00 to 22:30
Thu
12:00 to 15:00
18:00 to 22:30
Fri
12:00 to 15:00
18:00 to 22:30
Sat
12:00 to 14:30
18:00 to 22:30
Contact details - Flower Drum
Address:
17 Market lane, Melbourne VIC
Phone:
(03) 9662 3655
Fax:
(03) 9663 5199
  • In China, “Flower Drum” is a traditional dance. In Melbourne, it is one of Melbourne’s top Chinese restaurants, specializing in fine Cantonese cuisine. It’s a place where delicious food, fine wine and excellent service come together to create a unique dining environment.

    Executive Chef Anthony Lui follows a very authentic Asian philosophy of cooking using the best seasonal ingredients to prod... Read more

    In China, “Flower Drum” is a traditional dance. In Melbourne, it is one of Melbourne’s top Chinese restaurants, specializing in fine Cantonese cuisine. It’s a place where delicious food, fine wine and excellent service come together to create a unique dining environment.

    Executive Chef Anthony Lui follows a very authentic Asian philosophy of cooking using the best seasonal ingredients to produce the most delicate of flavours. Thus the menu is constantly changing, so feel free to engage the waitstaff and ask them create a tasting menu for you to showcase the best of what we have to offer.

  • Latest User Reviews

    we were very dissapointed in the food as it was supposed to be the best in melbourne,we found it very bland and uninteresting,we will not be going there again

    Amazing, I had no idea dinning out could be like this. From the initial greeting to the food, wine and service. Amazing....

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    • Overall 4 |  Food 2  |  Ambience 5  |  Value 3  |  Service 6

      we were very dissapointed in the food as it was supposed to be the best in melbourne,we found it very bland and uninteresting,we will not be going there again

    • Overall 10 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 10  |  Service 10

      Amazing, I had no idea dinning out could be like this. From the initial greeting to the food, wine and service. Amazing....

    • Overall 9.8 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 9  |  Service 10

      This was an absolutely fantastic experience. You will not be disappointed, the service is second to none and the room smells so beautiful of fresh flowers. I had very high expectations and they were met and surpassed. I ate there for lunch today and I am still full at 21:30pm! You may pay a little more, but you will get value and a dinning out experience that is exotically intoxicating.

    • Overall 9.5 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 8  |  Service 10

      My employer, took 15 employees to the flower drum for annual dinner. We had a 6 course banquet all silver served to us. The food was impressive to say the least. We had 1 manager and 1 waiter assigned to our room. I still remeber the waiter with a trainee name tag. The fish fillet was nice and the san choy bau was amazing. The eye fillet melted in your muth literally and the fruit platter was a mixture of fresh and exotic fruit. Well done David and the rest of the team.

    • Overall 5.3 |  Food 5  |  Ambience 5  |  Value 5  |  Service 6

      I have to say i went with great expectations! We arrived and were welcomed and asked to wait for the lift but the waiter forgot to press the button for the lift. But arriving in the main restaurant the the service at beginning of the night was outstanding. The time to check over the menu, the water filled all the time and an excellent wine list. But as the night went on the cracks started to appear in the night. Appetizers were excellent and the wine chosen terrific but the waiter started rushing the wine not waiting for the glass to be finished! Which became frustrating. The main meals were just OK in general mine in particular was barely eatable (they did take this meal off the bill) then the water took longer to fill the tea longer to fill.. the longer the night went the more ordinary everything got...

    • Overall 8.5 |  Food 8  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 8  |  Service 9

      Good experience

    • Overall 9.8 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 9  |  Service 10

      Excellent food and service, a brilliant restaurant experience

    • Overall 9 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 7  |  Service 9

      great thank you

    • Overall 10 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 10  |  Service 10

      What a wonderful lunch. Beautiful food & the effervesent service of Barry & his team. A tip - try the $55.00 special four course lunch - you won't be dissappointed.

    • Overall 8.5 |  Food 9  |  Ambience 8  |  Value 8  |  Service 9

      Exceptional food, great service...If you go as a group ask for one of the private rooms.

    • Overall 9.8 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 9  |  Service 10

      Love it!

    • Overall 7.3 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 4  |  Service 6

      Great food but overrated!

    • Overall 8 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 6  |  Value 6  |  Service 10

      I would save this one for a special occasion, the food is just like old school Chinese, sweet and sour etc so don't expect anything much more exotic however the main difference is in the quality of the ingredients and the way its been put together, you will never get the same at your corner Chinese I don't care who says it. Excellent service they just know when you want something without being pushy. Definitely a Melbourne dining must do! Great food and evening out.

    • Overall 4 |  Food 5  |  Ambience 7  |  Value 1  |  Service 3

      Was very disappointed with the entire experience. Expected the food to be much better, service also. Essentially, we paid a small fortune for Chinese food not much better than our local down the road. Flower Drum is highly over rated. We will not be returning.

    • Overall 6.5 |  Food 7  |  Ambience 7  |  Value 3  |  Service 9

      average food, nowhere near value for money but the best service around.

    • Overall 7.3 |  Food 8  |  Ambience 7  |  Value 4  |  Service 10

      There is no question that the service at the Flower Drum is impeccable - It's definitely the best service you can get in Melbourne. From the moment you sit down, you are waited on by at least 6 different people, with attention to every detail. We ordered several dishes, and the final preparation for several of the dishes was done table side. Very impressive! The food was good, but not that much different or better than food you'd get at any chinese restaurant. This restaurant is a "splurge" - Lunch for myself and a friend with no alcoholic beverages was $150. That is almost triple what I would spend on a nice lunch out at a restaurant. I think what you pay for here is all of the wait staff. There appeared to be way more people working at the restaurant than eating there. I would recommend it; but only to someone who has the money to spend on a real indulgence.

    • Overall 8.8 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 7  |  Value 8  |  Service 10

      The food and service was excellent, drinks way too dear. $22 for a glass of champagne, $16 for scotch, needs to be a little cheaper.

    • Overall 10 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 10  |  Service 10

      The food was devine, the service was superb.

    • Overall 7 |  Food 7  |  Ambience 7  |  Value 6  |  Service 8

      We are so disappointment!! Probably too much expect for this restaurant. The food is just above average, fresh enough but menu is boring. Service is nice if compare with others restaurant in Chinatown. However, overall i don't think this restaurant is value for money. We won't come back again.

    • Overall 5.3 |  Food 5  |  Ambience 5  |  Value 2  |  Service 9

      What a disappointment! After waiting many years to finally go & experience Flower Drum I was totally shocked at the bland boring food. Our local chinese, Chois, is far better than this overpriced restaurant. I can't believe how everyone has been brainwashed that this is good food. Its a bit like the emporer's new clothes. November 2007

    • Overall 9.5 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 9  |  Service 10

      An absolutely amazing restaurant and clearly deserves its place as one of the culinary elite in Australia. A must for any Melbournite at least once in a life-time..

    • Overall 9 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 8  |  Value 8  |  Service 10

      The food was incredible. The staff was attentive, helpful, enthusiastic and made us feel special. It is not one for been there done that, it needs to be repeated. We would definitely go back!

    • Overall 9.5 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 8  |  Value 10  |  Service 10

      WOW what an amazing night! This place is well worth the wait and name that it holds in being the best Chinese restaurant in Oz.

    • Overall 7.8 |  Food 8  |  Ambience 8  |  Value 8  |  Service 7

      Great food with great ambience. Just felt like we weren't as important as some others who were dining. Didn't really spoil our experience though.

    • Overall 9.5 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 9  |  Service 10

      Expensive but worth it.

    • Overall 10 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 10  |  Service 10

      I love this place.

    • Overall 10 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 10  |  Service 10

      Fantastic... I love this place.

    • Overall 9.5 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 9  |  Service 10

      first class

    • Overall 10 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 10  |  Service 10

      The best.

  • Awards

    2008 - Menulog Award - Silver  

    2009 - Restaurant & Catering Victoria Awards for Excellence  

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    2010 - Victorian Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence  

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  • Restaurant Details

    Payment
    Amex, Cash, Diners, Mastercard, Visa
    Features
    Dress smart casual, Licensed, Private dining area, Smoking area, Takeaway, Wheelchair access
    Ambience
    Contemporary, Relaxed, Romantic, Suitable for business, Traditional
    Food
    Gluten Free, Peanut Free Option, Vegan Option, Vegetarian option
    Styles
    Sit down
    Suitable for
    Birthday/Anniversary, Business lunch/dinner, Christmas party, Other
  • Large Groups Information

    We have two private dining areas available, a smaller room for a minimum of 12 guests up to 20, and a larger Banquet room that seats a minimum of 20 and up to 50 guests maximum.

    For bookings in our private dining area, please call us for details.

    Group booking policy Conditions apply.

    Please call (03) 9662 3655 for further information and details.

    Minimum patrons classed as a group 16

  • Private Dining

    Area Capacity Seated Capacity Standing
    Entire Restaurant 140 n/a
    Private Room 20 n/a
    Banquet Room 50 n/a
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