Monopole was opened in December 2012 by Chef Brent Savage and Sommelier Nick Hildebrandt who also own the award-winning Bentley Restaurant + Bar located at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Sydney’s CBD as well as local eatery, Yellow. Following the success of the Bentley, the duo wanted to expand to open a wine bar and eatery where they could experiment with a more casual concept, perfectly suited to its bohemian location. With Monopole, they’ve also welcomed Glen Goodwin to the ownership team. Come in to experience unique flavours and excellent wine list featuring over 500 rare and boutique wines, including over 30 by the glass or carafe. The decor has been pleasantly changed by Melbourne’s architect Pascal Gomes-McNabb focusing on the interior design providing rich dark woods and industrial metals throughout the restaurant.
Potts Point, AU-NSW 2011
Contemporary French / American
Hours of operation:
Lunch: Sunday & Saturday: open
Dinner: Daily: open
$40 and under
(02) 9360 4410
Street parking avaliable, though limited. Closest parking station is Ward Ave, Kings Cross
Kings Cross Station, Buses
Monopole Ratings and Reviews
Dining environment: it took me almost 30min to find the restaurant! The restaurant is smaller than I expected, although Monopole did have an impressive amount of wine display all over the wall. Maybe that’s why I could not resist the wine pairing option? The waiter told me that Monopole has over 500 different brands of wine ( the premium ones are preserved in the storage room of course!)
Pros: friendly staff, main chef knew what he was doing and was able to tolerate my hassle.
Monopole was attentive, quite noisy, slightly too crammed in, gorgeous food offerings - perfectly cooked everything - lamb rack, sword fish, calamari, cauliflower; small servings for price - 2 * 5cm pieces of sword fish for $36; few carb offerings on menu, lovely variety of sauces; waiter was loud,personable,perhaps slightly pushy - at 1 point asking after ordering "is that all?"; service was very prompt - meals were quickly released, wines were tasty (not enough by the glass) - enjoyable
Fabulous food but when described as 'share plates' there should be more than one mouthful - tiny portions at steep prices (albeit delicious). Oysters fabulous. We would have ordered more but the bill was climbing at a faster rate than appetite satiation. Great wine list and attentive friendly service.
Very disappointing. Were advised they could make any cocktail but then both requested couldn't be made. Ordered a bottle of wine which the waitress told us she had had a few nights prior and how fabulous it was only to find out they didn't have in stock. Then they decantered away from the table. We had 4 different staff members serve the table.
In summary, great food, totally let down by service
My request was for a quiet table
I understand it is a energetic vibe
I have been a regular patron
I was given the worst table next to the cutlery draws and constantly knocked by the waiting staff
These things happen
My issue was when I asked to chat with the manager
A female on this night
She was particular rude and dismissive
I would not recommend this place due to her attitude
the staff hostess was very accommodating on arrival. We requested a corner, so we could sit closer to each other, and she made it happen within 10 mins. Lucky? Maybe.
Food was fabulous, beautifully presented and prepared. pace of food coming out was well suited to the conversation.
staff were super, the right amount of interruptions, well timed, just the right amount of conversation, made good recommendations.
well done we enjoyed our dining experience.
We arrived at 8 and were seated in a lovely little table in the back. The open design was refreshing and encouraged the staff to engage with the clientele.
For a very busy resteraunt and wine bar, we were not neglected and our waiter paid us every attention and even offered expert food and wine suggestions.
Highly recommend for a great time.
Second time at the venue and loved the food, especially the pork belly!!
Tables were very close so bear this in mind if you want a romantic, intimate dinner for 2.
Service could of been alittle better but wouldn't effect me from returning. Requested table at the back of the restaurant which I thought we were being lead to but quickly changed to the front.
A great experience and definitely a spot I will recommend to others! We chose the Monopole Menu w/ wine pairings. There were 6 delicious courses and a different wine for each. Such a great way to try a bit of everything.
My favourite was the salmon w/ bitter leaves - my partners was the raw beef w/ pickled mushroom and brussel sprout. The wines were interesting and paired well however I didn't particularly like the choice of Shiraz.
Service was also fantastic! We loved our waiter :)
Top notch service from everyone at the restaurant.
The restaurant was more than happy to offer all gluten free options as a part of set menu for my wife, and explaining the dishes very well.
A good variety of wines and gins, will definitely come back again.
I'm a monopole fan but last night was particularly good. The gentleman who looked after our table was a true master of his craft. Helpful, charming with out being intrusive and some how always there when your wine glass needed a top up. My only reservation is the desert menu could do with a few more additions. Al in all a spectacular evening
Reluctant to return. Supposedly 2 hrs. Food good but service especially wine poor given they pride themselves on wine. Not shown bottle, not given taste. Offered sparkling or still water. Opted for sparkling out of soda stream self carbonated bottle. Charged $6 pp for it. Had to ask for refill and given tap water!! Noisy, cramped. Kept getting chair knocked by passing staff or guests.
We decided to sit at the kitchen counter bar and we got a spectacular show of their kitchen skills and were able to see all the various dishes even though we were not hungry enough to order them all.
It's a smooth operation and every plate left the kitchen looking spot on!
Everything was delicious! The ambiance is stylish, warm and cosy. I can see myself popping in frequently through the winter.
This was our first visit to Monopole and although we were impressed by the originality and flavour of the food it would have been nice to be able to see it. This place is seriously dark. We needed the torch on our phones to read the menu but even as our eyes adjusted to the cave like atmosphere we found it very difficult to see the colours of the food being served. Visual appeal is such an important element of food but with the Monopole lighting this element is missing. Wait staff were friendly and attentive but they too struggled with the lighting when reading the bill to enter the amount into the credit card reader. I'm sure a few well placed down lights would fix the problem.
A fantastic first visit with family for a birthday, waiter recommended the tasting menu ($70 a head) which was ample food for even the hungriest among us!
Nearly all the dishes were excellent, only one dish (the rapa) let us down a bit (extremely fibrous).
Interesting wine selections and fantastic service in a cool, compact little restaurant. We'll be back.
Experienced very professional service from the time of reservation, and throughout the meal itself. Food was exceptional, very generous in size and of a very high quality. Service was friendly and professional. Highly recommend and cannot wait to return. A wonderful experience.
So much potential however other staff (not our waiter) were uninterested, rushed and rude. Thank goddess for our waiter who went above and beyond to make us enjoy our evening. Absolute saviour. Food good, and fast, but not great. Lacks something. Feels like it might of peaked years ago and needs a refresh.
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