My uncle actually organised the dinner and booked a private room for the family. A six course banquet (at $185 per head + drinks) was arranged prior to the dinner.
On arrival, I was impressed by the staff greeting and showing me to our room. The long table was set with flowers and printed menus.
Here are our dishes:
|Sauté(ed) Jade Tiger Farmed Abalone|
|Serving the Baked Scallops with Turmeric Sauce|
|Baked Scallops with Turmeric Sauce|
Scallops are one of my favourite foods. They were cooked well and I thought the sauce was a lovely accompaniment which didn't over power the delicate scallops.
|Serving the Sauté(ed) Crayfish with Ginger & Spring Onion served with Egg Noodles|
|Sauté(ed) Crayfish with Ginger & Spring Onion served with Egg Noodles|
The highlight for me with this dish was that all the fiddly meat, such as legs, had been shelled, making it an extra pleasurable dish to eat. All other times I have had this dish at other restaurants, I end up eating the crayfish with my hands.
|One serve of Braised Wagyu Beef Cheeks served with Spinach|
|Another serve of Braised Wagyu Beef Cheeks served with Spinach and Fried Rice with Dried Scallops & Egg White|
|Individual Fruit Platter|
|Red Bean Sweet Soup with Sweet Dumplings|
|Deep Fried Icecream|
|Fresh Fruit Platters|
All in all, the food was delicious, however I didn't see that 'wow' factor. Despite the number of wait-staff, I was surprised by the lack of attentiveness. Our tea was not refreshed until after dessert was served, leaving us with cold or empty teapots throughout the meal. (Even standard yum cha restaurants constantly top up teapots and hot tea is poured regularly for the patrons.) My sister-in-law asked for a glass of water, which never came, then later noticed a jug of water behind her which she poured herself. I thought that most of the dishes were on par or only slightly better than other Chinese restaurants I had been to. For a three hatted establishment, I thought that the plate presentation was sloppy with each person's portion size varying and random sauce marks sprawling across the plates.
The dinner was about family and celebrating so I'm glad we got to do that. The private room was a great especially as my one month old twin nieces came. The space was large and separate from the main dining room, making it perfect for the babies to sleep and be fed.
I'm glad I've tried Flower Drum, however for the amount, I won't be coming back here in a rush. Melbourne is full of amazing Cantonese restaurants with other high quality establishments offering very similar dishes without the very high price tag.