Flower Drum was one of those places in my to try list for so long. But the fact that it was a Vegetarian joint kinda didn’t provide the motivation required to drive all the way to Egmore. 😛 But now with them opening a branch in Adyar, much closer to home, I decided to check it out.
It is located near the Adyar Signal above ICICI bank and next to the Indian Oil petrol bunk. Quite hard to miss. Large parking space in the rear. Ambiance usually sets the tone for the course of your meal and this one wasn’t lacking at all. I was expecting a toned down dim lit Chinese restaurants being kinda dark and dingy which are quite the norm for most of the ones I have visited. Flower Drum was the exact opposite of this.
You exit the elevator to be greeted by a picture of ancient terracotta warriors, a statue of the same is also present inside. Bells of different shapes and sizes can be found adorning the walls. Drum shaped lights, Drum-shaped seating area…you get the picture by now :D. Pretty good dining capacity as well.
The menu was rich in Chinese and Thai dishes which were listed categorically.
Spicy Hot and Sour Soup – The normal Hot and Sour done pretty well. It was thick and pretty spicy so provided quite a kick.
Malai Laksa Lemon Soup – I wanted to try something different and this stood out in the menu. Delicious creamy broth containing an abundant amount of baby corn and mushroom. Would recommend it highly.
Wonton Fried Paneer – Long slices of paneer deep fried wonton style. Quite a nice starter. Quantity was pretty good as well.
Golden Fried Babycorn – Another deep fried dish this time it was baby corn. Loved the fact that there was little to no oil residue in the dish. Tasted pretty good.
Shumai – They has a separate menu for momos, dumplings and such. This one caught my eye. A Chinese style dumpling. Filled with shredded veggies.
Flower Drum Special Rice – There were a lot of choices with different combinations and we finally decided on their special. Rice contained diced mushroom, broccoli and corn. Quantity was generous. Would easily be enough for two.
Buddha’s Delight Vegetable – Once again quite a few options. We were recommended this dish. It didn’t have any of the ingredients from the rice so that was another plus. A tomato based thick broth contained spinach and sliced veggies as their main ingredient. Can’t expect it to be spicy especially with the tomato base.
Szechuan Chopsuey – Wanted something spicy after all going through quite a few milder dishes. Quite a decent dish.
Service was very good. The staff was very friendly, attentive and dishes were served pretty quick. Our bill along with 12% tax came up to 1900. Pretty decent considering we were 6 in total. Loved the ambiance, food, service and the pricing part definitely comes down when you visit as a group. I don’t generally prefer restaurants which serve only vegetarian but this will be one of the few exceptions. Will be one of my first choices for oriental in this area.