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Flower Drum


17 Market Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Ph. (03) 9662 3655

British Restaurant magazine claims to have the definitive list of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

Three of them are in Australia, and among this elite few is Flower Drum. Melbourne’s most famous restaurant has upheld 30 years of tradition, seducing diners with the diverse pleasures of Cantonese cuisine. And the service? The consummate professionalism of Flower Drum’s staff is the benchmark by which all other Victorian restaurants are judged. Nothing escapes observation, every desire is attended to, often before you even have to ask. Watching the waiters gracefully set each table is theatre in itself. The atmosphere is serene yet convivial, and the dining room with its exotic deep red and chestnut tones is divided into secluded spaces by beautiful Chinese screens.

The a la carte menu is a lengthy excursion into the cuisine of Canton. Trust in your waiter’s advice, and for a truly adventurous experience, Anthony Lui’s specials will surprise and delight even the most seasoned connoisseurs of this cuisine. Shanghai dumplings have marvellous texture, and every ingredient stands out proudly yet blends in harmoniously. The Szechuan eye fillet is impossibly tender, the Peking duck simply superb. If cost is no issue, and you are passionate, or simply curious about authentic Chinese cooking, Flower Drum is an experience you must savour at least once in your life.

Fiona Davies - Best Restaurants
April 2006

  • I Love Food Awards 2014 VIC Winner 2014
    Favourite Chinese
  • I Love Food Awards 2010 VIC Winner 2010
    Favourite Chinese


Anthony Lui

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Private dining room, ramp available for wheelchair access (advise in advance) wheelchair accessible toilet

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Posted by RN18Report
the best service and food I have experienced in Melbourne.
Posted by AC30Report
expensive but you get what you pay for - great food and great service very hard to get together today.
Posted by DT70Report
The services is outstanding and the food is fantastic. They were so helpful when we were planning our 25th anniversary dinner and also made the evening one to always remember
Posted by ChiluReport
Peking Duck - WOW and the pancakes with it mmmmm! Juicy and sweet! Customer service is totally out of this world!
Posted by Dianne50Report
5 Star
Awesome food
Fantastic Service
Worth every penny
Would love to eat there weekly
Nothing wrong with anything!
Posted by AL74Report
Food is expensive but even simple dishes like whole steamed fish is cooked to perfection