Melbourne, Victoria

2017 The Age Good Food Guide Awards - Two Chef Hats
The critics say this is Australia's finest Chinese restaurant. If the three-month wait for a table is any indication, the punters think so too. Flower Drum Restaurant in Melbourne has had a fearsome reputation for over 35 years. The dining room is a huge series of red-carpeted areas with lacquered wood detailing in every corner. The menu emphasises a creative touch with high quality seafood and other protein so get out of your comfort zone and taste the magic.
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17 Market Lane
Melbourne CBD VIC 3000


Melbourne CBD



Asian, Chinese

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Recently selected as one of Australian Traveller Magazine's 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences and earning multiple Chef's Hats from The Age Good Food Guide year after year, it is difficult to do justice to Flower Drum's lustrous industry reputation. This world class Cantonese restaurant is a favourite for both locals and visitors, who keep coming back to experience the restaurant's finely tuned philosophy of refinement and delicacy in dining. Flower Drum originally opened in 1975 in Little Bourke St in Chinatown, only to move to its current location a decade later to accommodate a burgeoning clientele. Executive Chef Anthony Lui regularly tweaks the much loved menu to keep the food creative and seasonal.

The dining areas are decorated in a traditional Chinese style with soft lighting, wall hangings and classic table settings, providing a comfortable and warm experience even for large groups. It may not have an avant-garde aesthetic, but the calm, unobtrusive environment lets you concentrate on the fabulous food in front of you.

Specials & Events

This restaurant has not scheduled any event.


Please contact the restaurant for further information.
140 pax
Flower Drum caters for special occasions with a private function room seating up to 20 people and a banquet room seating up to 40 people.


Award Winning / Hatted
Fixed / set price available
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
The Age Good Food Guide Awards - 2017
Two Chef Hats


Paul Tyas on 28/04/2015
You cannot go past Flower Drum. There is a reason they are an institution: great hospitality and a great wine list. My favourite dish would be a toss up between the pearl meat sauté with garlic chives and asparagus, and the peking duck wrapped in pancake with cucumber, spring onion & plum sauce.
Guillaume Brahimi on 11/12/2014
Flower Drum is in Melbourne CBD, VIC.
Kenneth Meow on 22/09/2014
Since I am in the industry, this is definitely a torture to answer. There are just too many venue that the dishes are well executed with top services. My top list are Jason Lui's Flower Drum Cantonese Restaurant, Teage Ezard's ezard, Chef Nic Poelaert's Brooks Restaurant. Wait... there is more! I do travel frequently around Victoria Australia, and there are places that worth a drive for this "Special Occasion". The Provenance (Beechworth), Lake House (Daylesford), Royal Mail Hotel (Dunkeld).... Okay, I need to stop dreaming about my "Special Occasion" now.
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kath morris - 18/10/2013
Marvellous restaurant, best food in Melbourne, keep up the great food.