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Flower Drum

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17 Market Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9662 3655
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 18:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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Brisbane, Australia
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270 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I have been wanted to go to Flower Drum for a while, we finely when for our wedding anniversary and it didn't disappoint at all. the food was excellent along with the service. our waiter was excellent, his was always topping up at glasses of water etc. We would definitely go back.

Thank Davisy1980
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139 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We "fell" on this restaurant and were not at all prepared, as we were still dressed in our jeans and sneakers from a day of touring. We should have known at the entrance to this restaurant that we were not appropriately dressed, but nevertheless, we were taken upstairs in the elevator and seated. The restaurant is beautiful, and there were... More 

Thank MessaM
Sydney, Australia
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216 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I were visiting Melbourne and we decided to check out Flower Drum basically because it has two chef hats and has won multiple AGFG awards since the first edition back in 1980. Had to overcome a lot of negativity from people telling us it was just Chinese food at the end of the day or that you... More 

Thank Peter D
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cantonese food is not my favourite Chinese cuisine, but Flower Drum delivers far more. The food is exquisite and fine and so beautifully presented and delivered. What makes it stand out is the service. Our waiter, Wen, was perfect - anticipating every need. And talk about tea! There is no other Chinese restaurant in memory that delivers so much delicious... More 

Thank Kate R
Canberra, Australia
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94 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have wanted to go to the Flower Drum for ever, since my late uncle said it was the best Chinese restaurant in Australia, but that was many ,many years ago. When we arrived, I was taken aback at how the decor was so yesterday and the menu was so 'suburbia'. However basic food done really really well is very... More 

Thank agltay
wallabi point
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a fan of Asian food but the others in or party were. General opinion was that the prices were way over the top and the food did not measure up to the prices charged. Presentation was average although wait staff were very attentive and helpful. Won't go back.

Thank Ron B
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whenever my husband and I are in Melbourne we book the Flower Drum. Old school service and beautifully executed food this Melbourne restaurant focussing on Cantonese dishes is worth the expensive prices. This is a romantic, mature , adults restaurant.

Thank Phillipa G
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156 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great dining experience. From the moment we entered polite and attentive service . Amazing food served with care and professionalism . The menu is impressive whether it is the set banquets or a la carte . A culinary experience , the Singapore noodles are superb , lamb delicious . Will return to sample more delightful Cantonese dishes .

Thank Agmsoton
Hobart, Australia
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Can't speak highly enough... attentive service, beautiful produce an absolute delight for the senses. We enjoyed the 4 course spring lunch. If you want to spoil yourself or celebrate an occasion, this is the place to go.

Thank tracycyclone
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chinese fine dining. The food was divine; the service impeccable and the atmosphere lovely. The food just seemed to melt in your mouth. Fantastic experience. I would recommend to anyone, especially for a special occasion. Expect to pay about $100 for a meal thank you flower drum

Thank kevin N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Market Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9662 3655

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Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.
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