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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.



Edit: So we were hoping to re-review Flower Drum, but it turns out they're closed until  further notice because they're shifting. It was such a good location noh?


Flower Drum - the absolute archteype of Sri Lankan Chinese food. Founded in 1982, it's still owned by one the country's more prominent Sri Lankan/Chinese families - the Gyi's. Staples like hot butter cuttlefish, sweet and sour pork, and beef in oyster sauce have kept customers coming back for over 30 years.

On weekend evenings it can still be hard to get a table even in the restaurants now extensively refurbished and spacious colonial premise on Thurstan Road, Kollupitiya.

The excellent delivery service compensates for the crowding. Hot meals are delivered free in Colombo 2,3,4 and 7, and for between Rs. 200-300 in most other locations.

Given the vast size of menu the quality of dishes isn't exactly uniform, but the tried and tested top 10 remains an excellent introduction to Sri Lanka's interpretation of Chinese food.

  1. Hot butter cuttlefish,
  2. kan kun beef
  3. chillie chicken with cashew nuts
  4. cuttlefish stuffed with prawns
  5. sweet and sour fish
  6. steamed crab with ginger
  7. special fried rice
  8. devilled bean curd
  9. sizzling BBQ pork
  10. chicken and sweet corn soup.
(After 30 years just about everyone in Colombo has their own take on the Flower Drum Top 10)

Try to spot the carp pool round the back at the delivery section, this is perhaps the one corner of the old premise that has remained unchanged for a generation.


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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