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“Fine Chinese Dining”
Review of Flower Drum

Flower Drum
Ranked #65 of 4,561 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Returned to this restaurant after many years and was not disappointed. This is 5 star Chinese food and service. We were a group of 6 and chose the 6 course banquet which was a great option. This is quite an expensive restaurant but well worth it for a special occasion. The service was impeccable without being intrusive and the first 5 courses were spectacular. The dessert options were fairly limited (as you would expect from any Chinese restaurant but there was a milky pudding that one of our group ordered that was lovely (even though we were warned that non-Chinese usually didn't like this dish). Not that any of us really needed dessert.

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Thank princesslane
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

Decided to visit Flower Drum as I had not done so on my last 4 visits. Was going to book for dinner but thankfully changed it to a lunch. I am more forgiving if my lunches are not to a level of satisfaction that I expect from dinner.
The Flower Drum is a brand that has been part of the Melbourne dining scene for more than 40 years. Most of this at the very top end. Viewed as quality, different and best in class.
Sadly not any more. It has fallen, in my view, to just being a good Chinese restaurant - but falling into the bad practices expected from Chinese dining establishments. Everything is mechanical (including service) and you can't help but feel the staff are encouraged to extract as much money as possible from you - including that well known Chinese restaurant practice of pouring your wine faster than is healthy !!!
Don't get me wrong. The food and staff are good. But just not as good as years ago. Lets hope the decline does not continue into next years visit.

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1  Thank David M
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Was invited to have this fine dining seafood at this restaurant. Overall a A plus for their table service and the quality food they served us. Satisfied and overall food is good and good portion too to keep all of us full.

1  Thank Margaret M
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Had dinner on a Sunday night. The standard of all of the food was fantastic. The service was attentive, friendly but not over the top. Extensive wine list made for a truly great dinner.

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Went for a work dinner and the chef chose the dishes.

Everything was spot on with all dietary requirements catered for and the staff were very friendly.

Everyone had a great time as there was so much food and every course was delicious

Thank Russell D
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