Flower Drum

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Flower Drum
Flower Drum logo.png
Restaurant information
Established May 26, 1975 (1975-05-26)
Current owner(s) Anthony Lui, William Shek, Patricia Fung
Previous owner(s) Gilbert Lau
Head chef Anthony Lui
Food type Chinese
Street address 17 Market Lane
City Melbourne
Postal/ZIP code 3000
Country Australia
Website flowerdrum.melbourne

The Flower Drum is a notable multi-award winning Chinese cuisine restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. The Flower Drum is widely regarded as a Melbourne institution.[1][2] It is frequently booked months in advance.[3][4] It is located just off Bourke Street in Market Lane in the Chinatown precinct of the Melbourne CBD.

Overview[edit]

The Flower Drum was established by Gilbert Lau and opened on the 26 May 1975.[5] The restaurant originally opened in a converted car park at 103 Little Bourke Street and took its name from the 1961 film, Flower Drum Song, a Rogers and Hammersein musical about expatriate Chinese and their life in America.[6]

In 1980 the restaurant scoring two chef's hats in The Age's Good Food Guide's first edition.[7] Since then the Good Food Guide has named it 'Restaurant of the Year' on numerous occasions.[8] In 1985 the restaurant moved around the corner to its current site.[5] In 2003 Lau sold the restaurant to his employees: executive chef Anthony Lui, William Shek and Patricia Fung.[9]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Erlich, Rita (2012). Melbourne by Menu: The Story of Melbourne's Restaurant Revolution. Slattery Publishing Group. ISBN 9781921778582. 
  • Apple, R. W. Jr. (2010). Far Flung and Well Fed: The Food Writing of R.W. Apple, Jr. McMillian. ISBN 9781429929028. 
  • The Age (1985)
  • The Age (1985)
  • The Age (1976)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Bulletin". 16 January 2000: 22. ISSN 1440-7485. 
  2. ^ Jackson, Andra (30 December 2003). "Local Flower a NY Jewel". The Age. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Faulkner, Jane (9 April 2005). "Rise to the Occasion". The Age. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Plant, Simon (2 November 2013). "Matt Preston names Melbourne's Top 10 most influential restaurants". Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Carbone, Suzanne (26 January 2015). "Australia Day honours: Flower Drum founder Gilbert Lau awarded AM". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Preston, Matt (3 August 2004). "A long way to the top". The Age. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Barrett, Peter (6 June 2015). "Flower Drum celebrates 40 years". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Wells, Rachel (31 August 2004). "Flower Drum beats them all - again". The Age. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Lethlean, John (29 March 2003). "The tables have turned at the Flower Drum". The Age. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 

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