Monkey's Corner

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83 reviews
$41 to $100
Asian

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Monkey's Corner is a small bar proudly brought to you by the Poernomo bros. Housed in a corner heritage building on Kensington St Chippendale, it is an intimate 20-seater space offering inventive cocktails which are creatively paired with cheeky savory bites. Discover an extensive collection of expertly curated boutique rum, whiskey, gin, and Japanese selections.
What 83 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.1
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.6
Value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Bokyungvecchiotta
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

It’s ok , food really funny , not tasty and bad flavoury .. if u looking for good food this place must be avoid

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Don’t come very hungry- servings are tiny.

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LianruiX
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience2

Not worth the price ,a little bowl and so mean food ,we will not visit it again.

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RmiT
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've been here so many times and I absolutely love the food! Will definitely come back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Went there for Valentines with last minute reservation! Great food however serving time was quite long, took around 30 minutes to get one of the food while the table next to us who came 15 minutes after us, got their food at the same time as ours

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Ando
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

The food took very long to come out despite being so quiet. The 2 dishes we ordered came out 30min apart from each other my friend finished theirs before mine came out. The portion sizes were abit too small definitely not good for value

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Katherine
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience5

I believe the food was very nice, however the service was a bit mediocre. The staff took a while to tend to our orders, & when we were seated.

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BelindaM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Food tasted ok but was a bit overpriced - we were still hungry afterwards! Service was quite rushed and a bit rude. Not returning.

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CarltonB
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good Value
Interesting and unique dishes.
Crack Bowl and Black Truffle dishes absolutley delicious...
...and then next door to Koi for coffee and dessert.

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ColinL
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We ordered their signature wague foie gras rice bowl. The set is less than before but the quality is still good.

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Jane
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food tasted good, but portions were small and a little overpriced for what it was. The restaurant was very quiet on a weekend night and they said they had run out of the desserts on their menu, although we were only 1 of 3 tables that night.

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Melanie
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely love this experience ❤️ Loved the service, the food, the drinks, the area... everything was awesome. Maybe some cushions on the stools but it was awesome!

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Bagus
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food had wonderful combinations of flavour and presented in a minimalistic way. Service was great also. Between 2 of us, we spent $102 as we wanted to try a lot of dishes. The space was small and probably required more ventilation due to the muggy weather outside.

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Lesley
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The noodle dishes were really nice, loved the texture of the noodles as well as flavour, however, the portions are really small. I would need three bowls to be as a satisfactory fullness level and the price doesn't seem justifiable for the amount you get. The kingfish was okay but there was nothing special about it and again, small portioned.

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Kristen
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Disappointing experience overall. The taste of the dishes is decent I can’t lie, but the serving size is unbelievably and ridiculously small for the price you pay. You pay like $30 for noodles you can finish in 2 bites. It is not a degustation but is priced and portioned like one. Service is also concerning. We ordered 5 dishes and 4 came out which we finished and thought they had forgotten the 5th one. The servings were so small we were ready to get a second dinner elsewhere and all of us got up to leave. The staff informed us that the 5th dish was still being prepared and said they could not remove the last dish from the docket so we had to go back to eat the last dish, scallop noodles, which was the most disappointing dish of all. Don’t waste your time and money and visit the many other restaurant options nearby instead.

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Anne
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been here a few times now and the food has been consistent in quality enough for the repeat visits.

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AmyC
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience2

The food was good however the portion is tiny. Since it was rather pricy for one brunch item I expected to be at least have a decent sized portion. The bowls turned out to be like a palm sized bowl. The store is tiny so it can’t be helped that the seating are rather small and cramped.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

it was a great place for lunch.. small bites was enough for me! cocktails was pretty good together w the food!
i had the Uni! and i never had it like that.. that was perfection as it tastes soo good! my friend enjoyed the beef!

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly and professional staff, relaxed dining atmosphere - perfect place to catach up with friends. WIll return again soon

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gabrielleG
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Service was great.
The trout dish was dry and the crab noodles dish noodles where undercooked.

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Lokfu
Sydney
8 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Food is nice but portion very small. Not many table inside and we need to sit outside and very cold and no heater around us. Not very comfortable to sit outside.

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vipSueY
Sydney
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I could see why people complained about their portion. They were overall quite small for the prices. However, the quality met the expectations and I'm a small eater so I didn't mind the portion at all.

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HannahZ
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

we received the worst service we ever received. We called one of their staff several times to make the order but are being ignored by them!
We’ve been allocated to a outside table and asked them whether we can change to a indoor one as it’s bit cold outside, the staff was reluctant to explain to us.
Overall their customer service was so poor, perhaps they are not concerning losing some of the clients as they are quite popular on the Internet. But the thing is, if they are not strive to deliver a good service to their customers which matches the price they charged on their food. They’ll eventually end up with nothing !

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awkseats
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing for my first time there. I really enjoyed their KOI Boba Dessert and l would implore others to give that dessert a go.

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Wendy
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Load music and chatting. Service was poor as they rushed us eating and kept forgetting to bring cutlery and glass to one of us, which made it abit awkward. Food was tasty though the price is extremely high

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food! Especially loved the noodles!

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YvonneT
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience1

So far all good, only no good was seating outside too cold and windy. I 👻 online what ever always say inside not available 😔

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IrisMissWhale
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always my go-to-bar in the city. Outstanding food, yummy cocktails and great services. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Really enjoyed the quality of the food at this place! An interesting Japanese fusion spot with some of the dishes tasting of Indian origin. Definitely a really good op if you’re not a gutso and enjoy savoring your meal. Dishes a quite small considering pricing however, the quality of the food makes up for it. Cocktails were also high quality.
A great place for a first date or to frequent.

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Clem
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Portions were very small, the cuisine was tasty, the place is nice and tidy, waiters are very professional. I am not sure I would come back for the food though, it was pricey considering the quality of the meals.

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reuel88
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Prestatyn alright food a bit expensive for the value. Will eat there again. But I don’t think I would crave going back.

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EdithL
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food taste good but would be better if they are warmer. Our dishes were just warm. Also, please add some veggies dishes if possible.

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huiz
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

poor service

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was delicious!!! Omg the rice was cooked so well :) and I must the Boba tea dessert was very delicious! Will be back to try the rest of the menu

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dsloves2eat
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Love the ambience (outdoors), unique food however need more variety.

Good service and was enjoyable

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Unimpressed
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

2 out of the 3 dishes were good, however, not to the extent of being fantastic that I'd rave about it. Tables weren't exactly 1.5m apart and the fact that we weren't required to sign in for makes me wonder if Monkey's Corner is abiding by the regulations.

As many have indicated, waiters weren't friendly nor personable. In fact, one was rather condescending when I asked if the spicy trout belly tartare on rice was of the same size as the mains, he said: it is raw fish. Which part of my question indicated that I'm not aware tartare is a raw dish? I've eaten at lots of actual fancy places, and I've lived in many countries around the world, I do not need a snob in my presence. Monkey's Corner was our pick for a quick simple dinner.

And oh, we used Koi's toilet (we were told to head over there when we asked), and whilst waiting for my partner, one of the Poernomo brother's came down the stairs. I smiled at him and said hello as I would anyone on the street, he looked at me with an uppity snobbish expression and did not say a word. Your little brother appearing on Masterchef does not warrant 2 restaurants of such air of arrogance I'm sorry, do better the lot of you.

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MarisaG
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous. Food and service are outstanding. Every dish was a winner

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved! Met all my expectations!
Meals were small but filling, and also gave us the opportunity to share and try a variety. Great service too, highly recommended.

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Gabrielle
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food! Small dishes but really really good! Loved the trout.

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Anngee
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Portion way too small, won't come back again. Indoor area so packed

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Monkey's Corner is rated 4 stars by 83 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.