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Flower Drum
Chinese
  • 17 Market La,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9662 3655,
    flowerdrum.melbourne/
  • Lunch Mon-Sat noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-11pm

Flower Drum
-37.811853,144.969314

Courtly service and superior Cantonese cooking are immediately apparent to even the greenest of horns, but it's the details that the Drum's regulars savour: the untouched retro pleasures of the dining room, the acres between tables. The menu is packed with thrills, but devotees prefer the Socratic method: ask the staff what's looking good and let them guide you in its preparation. The pick of today's catch might be whiting; have it delicately battered, they'll recommend, with a nest of enoki mushrooms. How best to enjoy the jade tiger abalone? With slippery swatches of mung bean noodle to contrast the shellfish's tender firmness. This all comes at a cost, but the quality is on the plate, in the just-so crispness of green vegetables, say, or the crystalline quality of the broth holding a dumpling bulging with crab and scallop meat. Make it all up on the genteel mark-ups on the weightier end of that excellent wine list. A tour de force.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $10-$32

    M $26-$36

    D $10-$18

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Anthony Lui

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