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Flower Drum

17 Market Lane, 3000 Melbourne (VIC)See map

Average price $145

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  • Average price $145
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Seafood soup dumpling
Large dumpling of handpicked mud crab, scallop, prawns, woodear mushroom and bamboo shoots in superior chicken broth
Mud crab siu lung bao
Scallop siu mai (each)
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Ratings & Reviews


based on 804 reviews
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Quality of food :9.7/10
Service :9.6/10
Setting :9.2/10
  1. Louisa H.
    Louisa H.
    • one review

    We’ve dined at Flower Drum in the past & always held it high in standard. We waited a long time for food, portions were smaller, majority of the food was average tasting, weight staff seemed on edge & unfriendly. Disappointing considering we choose to celebrate Dads 70th here.

  2. Mary K.
    Mary K.
    • 2 reviews

    Our first time to the Flower Drum and it didn’t disappoint. Great food and friendly, professional staff who were very attentive. Highly recommend.

  3. Sophie A.
    Sophie A.
    • one review

    Our summer tasting lunch banquet was exceptional. Great variety . The service and staff were welcoming and attentive . A great experience after having been in isolation for most of the year.

  4. Jim X.
    Jim X.
    • one review

    Flower Drum continues to deliver three decades on. The atmosphere is incredible and the quality of the food is second to none. Amazing establishment that is sure to impress any guest!

  5. Amy V.
    Amy V.
    • one review

    Great elegant atmosphere, delicious foods and friendly staffs. However the prices were way too expensive for very small portions. Expect to spend around $40 each person to have a full belly (or not?). I recommend to go as a group to maybe save your budget even just a little bit.

  6. Tony Z.
    Tony Z.
    • one review


  7. Meredith W.
    Meredith W.
    • one review

    As always, the Flower Drum didn’t disappoint. The food was exceptional and the waiters were polite, attentive and thorough without being intrusive. Dessert options have improved a lot. Love it every time we go.

  8. gary m.
    gary m.
    • one review

    One of the great restaurants of the world. Always a very special experience. Fabulous food and service that is so good it sometimes seems invisble. A model for all others.

  9. Adela D.
    Adela D.
    • 2 reviews

    We haven’t been for a while but there was no disappointment. The food was good, the staff friendly. Now if only they would open up another restaurant in Sydney.....

  10. Jessica Z.
    Jessica Z.
    • one review

    This restaurant was a brilliant welcome back to post covid lock down. We had the set menu which was delightful, peaking duck is a must. And the service and overall experience was superb

  11. Rodney M.
    Rodney M.
    • one review

    Amazing food including the best Peking duck I've had anywhere and the Wagyu beef was devine. Staff were all very friendly and attentive. Lived up to all expectations.

  12. Vicky P.
    Vicky P.
    • 2 reviews

    This was our first visit to the Flower Drum. We were welcomed at the door and taken to our table. The waiters were very helpful. The food was amazing especially the stuffed garfish which is something I would have never ordered. Our only criticism works be that the wines are very pricey but otherwise we rate it 10 out of 10. We will definitely be coming back next time we are visiting Melbourne!

  13. Denise T.
    Denise T.
    • one review

    The good and service was excellent. We had a wonderful time. Shout out to the attentive staff who made sure that we were ok and recommended dishes when we were a bit stuck.

  14. Lawrie C.
    Lawrie C.
    • 2 reviews

    It’s no wonder these people have such great ratings and have been at the top of their game for so many years. It was faultless all the way. I would recommend the banquet.

  15. Patricia N.
    Patricia N.
    • 6 reviews

    The seafood dishes are fantastic as they don't overcook the food and not use msg.

  16. Ferry R.
    Ferry R.
    • one review

    Excellent service. Good menu selections. Fresh ingredients. Black Angus steak and roast squab are the standout dishes. King George Whiting very good too.

  17. Mark C.
    Mark C.
    • 3 reviews

    Fantastic restaurant with sophisticated food a great wine list and highly attentive staff, highly recommended if you love Chinese cuisine..

  18. Ryan K.
    Ryan K.
    • 7 reviews

    Service was friendly and attentive. Food presentation and quality is good. Authentic and tasty Cantonese food

  19. Barbara C.
    Barbara C.
    • 2 reviews

    We have enjoyed eating at the Flower Drum for 30 years and never tire of the food, the service and the wonderful staff. We look forwrda to our next visit.

  20. Helen R.
    Helen R.
    • 80 reviews

    Absolute perfection! We had our sons 21st Birthday dinner at this restaurant and everything exceptional! Food was so incredibly amazing, service of superior standard, staff so welcoming, attentive and experienced! Thank you to the chefs and staff particularly to Barney and Ray for making our family celebration a memorable one.

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Opening time


Monday to Saturday: 12noon to 3:00pm


Monday to Sunday: 6:00pm to 11:00pm

* Temporarily, while capacity restrictions are in place, dinner service will be two seatings:

6:00pm until 7:30pm

8:00pm until closing

How to get to the restaurant

17 Market Lane, 3000, Melbourne (VIC), Australia

Directions to get there

Melbourne CBD, Melbourne City

About the restaurant

The complete Cantonese package..

In China, 'Flower Drum' is known as a traditional dance famous for its beauty and elegance. In Melbourne, it’s a similar story. ‘Flower Drum’ is a Chinese restaurant that displays the same elements of refinement and delicacy through their concept of fine dining Cantonese cuisine and dedicated service. Put simply, it’s a complete Cantonese package: the service is second to none, the food - well it’s outstanding and the classical dining room is thick with a ripe sense of occasion. Enjoy Cantonese classics such as duck wontons or fall-apart honey-braised pork ribs that come with two essential accompaniments – rice and a finger bowl. Native produce shines in dishes such as stir-fried pearl meat and the luscious, complex wallaby tail soup with wolfberries and yam, while the heavy-hitting wine list drips with prestige. Restaurants come - and some of them go, but none play exactly the same role as this one does.

Best dish: fall-apart honey-braised pork ribs


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