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3/5

Flower Drum

38, Thurstan Road, Colombo 3


Good ambience, decent food, over-rated chili paste. Okay value for groups.



The historic Flower Drum has fallen. They've left their old location across from the new Prime Minister's house and are now just a tiny take-away joint down the street. They seem to be renovating some more space behind, but for now you'll need to go to their outlet in Battaramulla for a proper meal or delivery.

All the new takeaway joint serves is basically set lunches and dinners - from 11 AM to 10 PM. It's all takeaway, so no more of the group meals this place was famous for 20 years 32 years. Even though they say they're re-opening in a few months, in many ways it's the end of an era.

The Food


It's basically just set lunches here, as far as we can tell. Those are Rs. 450 for one meat or Rs. 500 for two meats. The only individual dish we saw was hot butter cuttlefish (Rs. 900 for a small). The lunches are a choice of beef, pork or fish with mixed veg and a bit of their chili paste. The place looks too small to have a kitchen, so they may just be bringing the food from Pelawatte and keeping it in hot plates. Not super inspiring.

In terms of taste it's fine. The rice was a bit overcooked and they were a bit stingy with the beef, but it's basically a standard Chinese executive lunch. The hot butter cuttlefish were expensive and a bit soggy, that's a dish that's really done better fresh and hot hot, as the name implies.

What this food is not is your usual Chinese food experience with a whole range of offerings. It's basically just a Sri Lankan buth packet with slightly Chinesey sides swapped in. It's not bad, but there are better executive lunches out there.

Location


The new location isn't really a location at all, it's just a one perch room with some hot plates in it. They basically just assemble lunch packs here. It's a bit of a come down from the big space they had nearby with, you know, rooms and chairs.

They say that they'll open a dine-in restaurant behind. We had a look and it looks like this:


So it should be back as a restaurant in a few months, and the Flower Drum in Pellawatte is still open and delivering the full range of items. This outlet, however, is literally a shell of its former self.

Service


Oddly enough, there's a waiter in a bow-tie here, and a manager. They're all very nice. The staff is fairly competent at putting rice into a container and giving it to you.

Conclusion


We don't know what happened, but the Flower Drum that we called immortal  is dead. It's slightly re-incarnated as a tiny take-away joint, but not really. For anything near the old experience you'll have to go to their Pelawatta outlet. How times change.


TIP

Avoid Singaporean noodles. Hit the special fried rice.
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Step-out-of-office-for-lunch level food for a little too much money.

We don't know what happened, but the Flower Drum that we called immortal is dead. It's slightly re-incarnated as a tiny take-away joint, but not really. For anything near the old experience you'll have to go to their Pelawatta outlet. How times change.

Flower Drum - the absolute archteype of Sri Lankan- Chinese food. Staples like hot butter cuttlefish and sweet and sour pork, beef in oyster sauce have kept customers coming back for over 30 years.

தமிழ் பிளவர் ட்ரம் - இலங்கையருக்கு ஏற்ற பாணியிலான சீன உணவுகளுக்கான இடம். 1982 இல் ஆரம்பிக்கப்பட்டு இன்றும் இலங்கையில் இருக்கும் மிக பிரபலமான இலங்கை சீன குடும்பமான "கை" இனால் நடாத்தப்படுகின்றது. பட்டர் கணவாய், இனிப்பு புளிப்பு கலந்த பன்றி இறைச்சி, ஒயிஸ்டர் சோஸில் சமைக்கப்பட்ட மாட்டிறைச்சி போன்ற உணவுகள் கடந்த 30 வருடங்களாக வாடிக்கையாளர்களை கவர்ந்துகொண்டிருக்கின்றது.

Address

38, Thurstan Road, Colombo 3

Directions

The corner of 5th Lane and Thurstan Road.

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Open until 10:00 PM

Cuisine

Chinese Sri Lankan Chinese

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Cuttlefish

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
2
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
4

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SanuriT

The service was so poor. We had to wait for over half an hour to order and it took about 45 mins for the food to come and only half arrived and we didn’t get the over rated chillie paste. The rest of the food came in cold 20 mins later. We had no napkins on the table and no water was served. It really does make me sad. This is probably the worst service I have ever had.

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SanuriT

The service was so poor. We had to wait for over half an hour to order and it took about 45 mins for the food to come and only half arrived and we didn’t get the over rated chillie paste. The rest of the food came in cold 20 mins later. We had no napkins on the table and no water was served. It really does make me sad. This is probably the worst service I have ever had.

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