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“Superb service, great Chinese food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Flower Drum

Flower Drum
17 Market La., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
03-9662-3655
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Ranked #60 of 3,965 restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
Canberra, Australia
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“Superb service, great Chinese food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This restaurant is upmarket. Don't come here to dine on a budget. Having gotten that out of the way I have to say this is quite a memorable place to dine. The service is exceptional, not in your face, but always there. Happy to share a story or make a suggestion or just stay out of the way.

Three of us chose the six course banquet which left us completely satisfied. Lovely variety from the delicate pearl meat through to the melt-in-the-mouth beef steak in Szechwan sauce. I don't think that I would want to eat here every night of the week but for a very special occasion it is absolutely perfect.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food, superb service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Basically find it hard to fault this place! We had quite a large group of about 10 people, some ordered off the set menu some didn't but somehow the food was still brought out at the right sort of intervals so no one was sat too long with nothing in front of them. My glass was never empty, water was always topped up, other drinks regularly checked, but not too often as to interrupt conversation. My food was delicious (I had wontons, lamb spring rolls and beef noodles), tasty and perfectly cooked and the staff are happy to advise if you're not sure what's what. Everyone else was more than satisfied with the winter tasting menu. Don't let the price put you off it's worth it!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nashville, Tn
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“Great squid and Peking duck”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

This was the right combination of great food and service. Our waiter helped us create an impromptu tasting menu to share. We had fried squid, dumplings, Peking duck pancakes and seafood noodles. This is not nouvelle Chinese but if you like traditional cuisine that is well prepared and very tasty go to Flower Drum.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Peking Out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Service at Flower Drum was faultless. Waiters everywhere but unobtrusive and very knowledgable and proud of their workplace. We recommend the four course winter tasting menu, super delicious, Peking duck was faultless and toffee apple to die for. Must get the toffee apple!

We ordered the wagyu upgrade for main, however were not charged for it because the waiter believed it was not up to standard. It was beautiful and perfectly cooked!!

We can see why Flower Drum has stood the test of time, what a class act.

Visited June 2013
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We dined at Flower Drum two nights after a faultless dining experience at Silks, so it was a great opportunity to compare Melbourne's two most upmarket Chinese Restaurants. They are different to each other, but of equally high quality.

Flower Drum was a Friday night, the restaurant was busy but not fully booked. We liked the way tables were spaced out. Very nice room, nice ambience. Waiters were everywhere, and service was excellent yet unobtrusive. We ordered a la carte; Braised Abalone, Siu Mai, Peking Duck, Chilli Prawns with Singapore Noodles, Toffee Apples. All beautiful, the Peking Duck in pancakes was the best I have ever had, anywhere in the world.

Our main waiter was extremely helpful in explaining sauces etc. The wine list is excellent. We will definitely return on future visits to Melbourne.

Prices reflect the quality of a true fine dining experience.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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