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Flower Drum

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17 Market Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is nothing like being invited to a Chinese banquet where the food is exquisite and service exemplary. The little touches like hot towels after each course and refills of wine and iced water make this establishment easy to recommend. My favourite courses were the Peking duck pancake, garfish and san choy bow. The evening was topped with tea and... More 

Thank Commachecker
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had many recommendations for this restaurant so we were excited whilst visiting Melbourne with friends to try. We opted for the $120 four course meal for 4 of us, consisting of the pearl meat, barramundi, duck wraps and the beef. The restaurant itself is very old school Chinese and rather than looking elegant or authentic, it just says 'tired'.... More 

Thank Brich4rd
Gold Coast, Australia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and great service just rather expensive for the amount of food which you receive. We all had the spring time banquet which was very nice but we were all still rather hungry at the end which meant we had to order desert. Service was very good and they really took care of the table extremely well just can't... More 

Thank Dax-Sanders
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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145 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Service was excellent, and the decor is lovely, but a bit dated, e.g., my chair had torn fabric. The food was bland and portions were tiny. But some people like that sort of thing. With so many options in Chinatown, I would go elsewhere.

Thank ExperiencedOz
Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lunched there with a group. The food was good but expected better with the understanding that this Restaurant had a great reputation. I thought that the food did not really live up to expectations and the cost. Expensive.

Thank Max T
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Attended a business lunch hadn't been to Flower Drum for 20 years, forgot what I was missing. Firstly the service is first class, we had a Banquet made up of everything from Tooth fish , scallops, prawns fillet steak that was so tender. For Authentic Chinese food this restaurant is fantastic, all the food was cooked to perfection and extremely... More 

Thank gavinsch
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Special dinner. We had the four course set menu. The barramundi was delicate and really delicious. Great service.

Thank Karina H
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service at the Flower Drum is, as it always has been, incredible. From the welcome to the farewell there are attentive staff at every turn. The food is served to all guests at the table at the same time, and there was good attention to drinks also. As a group of four, we took the six course degustation menu,... More 

Thank ebuis
Buderim, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had 6 course banquette just superb. Staff ten out of ten. Every course was jaw dropping tasty. Chefs know their stuff.

Thank Gandmss
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best Chinese in Melbourne!! Amazing staff, they all show such great attention to detail. Every dish we ordered left us wanting more, cannot wait to return.

Thank Cindy L

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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, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
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: 03-9662-3655

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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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