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Flower Drum

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17 Market Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9662 3655
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a lovely meal here... at first we were a bit thrown at the prices but once we worked our way through the menu avoided most seafood dishes it was quite reasonable! The service is second to none.. the showmanship of serving some of the dishes entertaining and all the dishes we selected were delicious!

Thank loretta g
Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

When we walked in we were immediately greeted by the waiters and assigned a seat. The staff we're very helpful in recommending menu suggestions as well as assisting us in choosing a wine that would pair with the food. We ordered the 4 course banquet and could not fault the food at all- everything was cooked to perfection! My favourite... More 

Thank danapizzo
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was once taken to this restaurant by a colleague for a birthday party. He was so surprised when the bill came, that he had to borrow money from me to pay it. It was once clearly the best Chinese restaurant in Melbourne. Since then they have cut corners and it is significantly overpriced and nowhere near as good as... More 

1 Thank rainer446
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79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Flower Drum has over attentive service for those that enjoy that kind of thing however the food is very ordinary and very overpriced. We had the King George Whiting. It may as well have been served in a Fish and Chip shop as there was nothing Chinese about it. The Peking Duck is served by the piece as are dumplings... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely among the best Chinese (if not the best) restaurant in Australia. Enjoyed every dishes ordered. Stir-fried spring onion and ginger mud cream was sweet, meaty and nicely presented. Abalone served simmered (perfectly timed) in soup and served with scallops and bamboo shoot was fantastic. Steamed Barramundi was also perfectly timed. Truffle-fried rice was excellent, tasty but no oily. For... More 

Thank Gary Y
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had to look for wait staff & get their attention for service.The food is good, but not exceptional. The pearl meat in white sauce is cooked to perfection.

Thank sidneyho62
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love the place Love the food For all those who did the place You try doing Chinese as silver service then comment Absolutely awesome

1 Thank Gabbyz1977
Melbourne, Australia
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108 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saved up for a xmas dinner with the family for a first time visit. Thoroughly enjoyed the service and the quality of the food. Was quite surprised at end with the bill, was $140 a head and we were all quite full and this included cocktails and beers so we came in under budget and will be back

Thank ironian
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a fabulous night here, the food was fantastic and service impeccable. Our waiter was fantastic, thanks Fong for a memorable evening.

Thank Michelle M
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to the Flower Drum recently. I love food and love eating out. I also know this place is 2 hats and has been around for decades so my expectations were high to say the least. The service was very good, not great but very good. I can't fault it too much. The food tasted great and i loved every... More 

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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
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Market Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9662 3655

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Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood 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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