Enter through the red door in Market Lane and take a short ride in the elevator to the Flower Drum and you will find one of the true icons of Melbourne dining – a first floor restaurant serving the finest quality in authentic Cantonese cuisine.

The internationally acclaimed restaurant has been a beacon of Chinatown for some 30 years, owing much of its success to its signature dish, Peking duck. The succulent roasted duck is prepared daily and wrapped in a thin handmade pancake at your table, by your immaculately dressed waiter. Coupled with smaller plates such as sung choi bao, steamed dim sum and lamb spring rolls, or more sophisticated and adventurous dishes (baked jade tiger abalone, mud crab and drunken squab), this dining experience seems straight out of Canton.

Although a visit to this high-end restaurant is sure to give your wallet a work out, it tops the list when it comes to dining in true oriental style. Its low-lit, seductive ambience makes you feel as though you’re feasting in a temple.