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281 D.S. Senanayake Street, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 229191
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Ranked #36 of 77 Restaurants in Kandy
Price range: $5 - $15
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese, Szechuan, Asian fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Flower Drum Restaurants are the brainchild of David Gyi. He is the youngest child of a Chinese culinary expert and Cookery author, the late Josephine Gyi, so the art of Chinese cuisine came naturally to David. From a young age David assisted his mother in cookery demonstrations and acquired the skills for preparing mouth-watering dishes. Having spent several years in Melbourne where he operated a Chinese take away "Jo Kwan's" in the stylish suburb of Toorak, he decided to return to Sri Lanka. David opened the first Flower Drum restaurant 24 years ago and decided to name it after his favorite restaurant, the much acclaimed "Flower Drum" restaurant in Melbourne. He engaged the services of some of the best cooks from Hong Kong and gave the Sri Lankan connoisseur a taste of Hong Kong. From the day Flower Drum opened it has been a success, and Flower Drum has expanded and has opened branches in Colombo, Battaramulla and Kandy. Known, to regulars, as "The Drum", the Drum has rapidly grown to be a household name and a family restaurant where its traditions are maintained. When Flower Drum started in 1982, there was no counting of the hours. David worked all the time and still continues to do so, his drive for perfection never stops. Being a family business David now has his children, Alain and Kalen, assisting him. David has passed on a real love of food and a concern about the quality of 'restauranting' to his children, which has been part of David's life for the past 40 years. Alain has worked along side his father for over 18 years and Kalen for 14 years. The Board of Directors includes the distinguished business entrepreneurs Sohli Captain and Lester Weinman, whose assistance and contributions have been invaluable over the years. Victor Ferdinand, who has worked over 20 years for David, was appointed to the Board in recognition of his support and loyalty. Most of the staff have been with David for many years and are essential in the smooth running of the restaurants. With its team of professional staff and training methods, Flower Drum has prided itself on maintaining its high standards. Flower Drum offers seating for up to 120 people and it can host functions for all occasions, whether it be a family dinner, birthday, business lunch, corporate functions, engagements, etc. Its highly modernized and expanded delivery service provides quick door-to-door execution of take-away orders. Flower Drum also specializes in home catering where all your culinary needs are provided, taking away all the hassles from the host and hostess, allowing them to enjoy those precious moments with their guests. Yours hosts David, Alain and Kalen welcome you and any suggestions anytime.
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The food is very good, the service is excellent. You won't be disappointed. I took my staff for Christmas day lunch, my staff enjoyed it very much

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flower_drum_group, Manager at Flower Song, responded to this review

Thanks alot for your review, greatly appreciated by everyone at @ Flower Song! We hope to serve you soon! More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We went to this place during a business visit to Kandy. Ambience, Time Taken to Serve and food taste were very good. Spacious, glazed outer partition gives Panasonic view if kandy city which relaxes your mind as well.

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flower_drum_group, Owner at Flower Song, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you very much for your review on us. We look forward to serving you again! More 

U.K.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We dined here and also had the take away lunch menu, all in the space of a few days. The food was a bit better than average. Decent restaurant, with the cleanest toilets! Staff try hard.

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flower_drum_group, Manager at Flower Song, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the time taken to write this pleasing review, our staff will continue to try so hard to bring the best service and food to our customers! More 

UK
Top Contributor
329 reviews 329 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We were recommended this restaurant by local friends and whilst the restaurant itself was nice and the service very good, the food was not authentic and a local version of Chinese food. The rice in particular wasn't very good, I left a good deal of my tofu and the mushrooms were Sri Lankan style (as indeed was most of the... More 

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flower_drum_group, Manager at Flower Song, responded to this review

Dear Nimitta, Glad to hear that you enjoyed the service and atmosphere. The authenticity of our dishes vary, our cooking style is very similiar to that of the Sichuan Province in China - spicy with gravy and red/orange in colour. All the Kandy folks would know this to be our signature way of cooking food and it has been a... More 

Kandy, Sri Lanka
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The best possible meal and service you can get in Kandy...!! I use to go to there old branch at kotugodella veediya and the service and food was alright (good then too) but after moving it seems like they have seriously levelled up! from the moment we walked in the new decor was very appealing and the waiters all greeted... More 

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flower_drum_group, Manager at Flower Song, responded to this review

Hi Manel, A BIG thank you from everyone at the Flower Drum Group of Restaurants for your kind words and review! Best regards! More 

Bern, Switzerland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Kandy offers quite some restaurants but this must be one of the more unique ones. Dodgy entry and a bit fake Chinese decorations do not really give the place a great appearance. Food however was good and the price was ok. If you are tired of a cheese kotthu this is a interesting alternative

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flower_drum_group, Manager at Flower Song, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We don't like to be considered an alternative to a cheese kottu however since it's a widely enjoyed locality we'll take that as a compliment! Also please do come to our new location at No. 281 D.S. Senanayake Veediya (The Finance PLC Building 3rd Floor), it's right opposite Trinity College - we're sure the word "dodgy" won't be... More 

colombo
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

It was a good and respectable place to have meals in kandy.food were so delicious and the staff was efficient and good. prices are reasonable and its open till late night which is rare in kandy

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flower_drum_group, Manager at Flower Song, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Nalika! More 

Brussels, Belgium
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Looked at the TA reviews and thought we'd give it a try. The vegetable and vermicelli was overlooked bland at best. The eggplant and pork my wife ordered was extremely salty and the eggplant was deep fried so much that all that was left was crispy eggplant skin. Probably the worst meal we have had in 6 weeks of traveling.

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Bristol
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I was recommended here by a Sri Lankan colleague and were it not for that I would not have gone in the building. It was grubby and uninviting, a set of stairs lead up to the entrance and the restaurant inside is tired-looking and quite dark. Not very many people were in but it did fill up with two groups... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Located middle of the city very close to the temple of tooth, this Chinese place is very good for a change from your normal diet. I went there with my family members without booking the place and find that its almost full and reserved. Anyway the staff were able to fix 2 tables together and accommodate us. Service is friendly... More 

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Additional Information about Flower Song

Address: 281 D.S. Senanayake Street, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 81 2 229191
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Kandy
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Szechuan, Asian fusion

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