Restaurant Guide

Flower Drum: Restaurant review

Whether celebrating life's milestones or simply treating yourself, dining at the Drum is the ultimate expression of self-care.

REVIEW

That exquisite glossy sheen on pearl meat gently sautéed with garlic chives and asparagus? The brittle-crisp skin on the roasted duck that shatters as you bite into a precision-rolled pancake? The century egg encased in quail meat and breadcrumbs fried a perfect golden tan? These are some of the dreams that will haunt you in the days after a meal at this brilliant pillar of Melbourne's dining scene. Flower Drum's grand carpeted rooms with their glinting screens, sculptural flower arrangements and fleet of skilled floor staff have recently been joined by a new bar, the scene of classic cocktails and bar snacks. But the main beat – chef-owner Anthony Lui's lengthy menu of classic and modern classic takes on Cantonese cooking (do not resist the noodles made from wild barramundi) – goes on with admirable gusto. Whether celebrating life's milestones or simply treating yourself, dining at the Drum is the perfect expression of self-care.

ABOUT

Flower Drum
17 Market Lane, Melbourne, Vic
(03) 9662 3655
flowerdrum.melbourne
Chef Anthony Lui
Price guide $$$
Bookings Recommended
Wheelchair access Yes
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.