About Monster Kitchen & Bar

Monster kitchen and bar wanders through the ground floor of Hotel Hotel, preoccupied with local and seasonal produce prepared for sharing.

The kitchen and bar team guide her through her multiple personalities as she shifts from lucidity to debauchery between 6.30AM and 1AM every day.

Breakfast is served from 6.30AM to noon and the full menu from noon to 10PM. The Bar menu, seasonal drinks and wines are served until 1AM.

25 Edinburgh Ave
Canberra, AU-ACT 2601
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Modern Australian

Hours of operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 12:00pm

Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress code:
Business Casual

Price range:
$40 and under

Payment options:

Phone number:
(02) 6287 6287

Website:
http://www.monsterkitchen.com.au/

Executive Chef:
Sean Mcconnell

Monster Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.2

Service

4.1

Ambience

4.3

Value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (83)
Special Occasions (59)
Vibrant Bar Scene (47)
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Romance (44)
Notable Wine List (36)
Good Vegetarian Options (31)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Late-night Find (20)
Brunch (18)
Lunch (18)
Neighbourhood Gem (18)
Group Bookings (16)
Good for a Date (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Cosy (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Casual (7)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Scenic View (6)
Fun (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Child Friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
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Outstanding Value (1)
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Food5
Ambience4
Service2
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·Dined 4 days ago

Always great food, 100% delicious, 100% of the time. Just that this time, we had to ask to be served, we had to remind the waiters about our drinks order twice... service had dropped from the last times we'd eaten there. Service was totally professional & quality... just the attention was missing this time. But everyone can have an off night, so we'll be back for sure!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Cozy
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Food3
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·Dined 5 days ago

The service was a comedy of errors and I believe they lost interest after the mains as we were there for a further hour, no one asked if we would like dessert and no one cleared the table. Woeful!

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Food5
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·Dined 5 days ago

Funky atmosphere with creative cuisine and extensive drinks menu

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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Food3
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Service1
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·Dined on 14 October 2017

What is wrong with the staffs? They couldn’t care less.
It’s an expensive hippy place. Good for late night drinks , when you don’t care about service or unhappy staff.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Drinks in the bar were great, however when we were moved to a corridor for dinner wasn't impressed and had to ask to relocate which was onbliged.
That first table for 2 to the right as you exit bar is poorly located and lacks any of the otherwise created overall feel.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating
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Food4
Ambience5
Service2
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·Dined on 13 October 2017

We have dined at monster a number of times now and unfortunately the usual fantastic service was absent. When we arrived we were greeted by 3 different staff, all of whome were unable to seat us even though they approached us while we waited in the appropriate spot. Only after about 5 minutes someone from behind the bar noticed us becoming frustrated and was able to seat us immediately.

The wait staff were generally fine however after most of our dishes were delivered to us and explained, we were left uninspired and unexcited. There was also a couple of instances where the wait staff did not know what the dish was.

The food is good and the menu varies which brings us back. Unfortunately for this occasion we were rather underwhelmed for a restaurant with a Hat. Consistency is key and our time at Monster was less enjoyable due to its absence. We will definitely be back and hope to experience the service we have before.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on 12 October 2017

We had to be in Canberra and I took a chance on 'Monster' for my husband's birthday and we had a wonderful evening. The decor is eclectic and interesting and the ambience feels good - put simply, it's nice to be there and that's before you experience the lovely food. It's also great value - we had a delicious and opulent, in the culinary sense, degustation .

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 10 October 2017

Amazing food. Good service though we saw many different waiters during the night. One issue of note- ideally the wine team need to do cross offs- every time (of three) that we have been to Monster we have ordered a wine that is not available on the list.

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Food4
Ambience5
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 (New England)·Dined on 7 October 2017

We ordered the beef tartare, quail and quince (dessert) absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. We also ordered the flank steak which was okay, it just needed a sauce-it was dry dish which was disappointing. The staff were friendly, professional and quirky which is always welcome! I would go back and try the other dishes! 👍🏻👍🏻

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on 6 October 2017

Order the duck parfait, fried tofu, eggplant & lamb shoulder. I’d skip the kingfish - bland compared to say the Akiba and J&Co options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Food4
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·Dined on 5 October 2017

drink service was horrendous, but the food made up for it. Overal a nice dinner, but slightly disappointed with having to follow up every drink order.

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Food4
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·Dined on 2 October 2017

Really interesting and tasty food in a restaurant with a great atmosphere. Our service from Laura was perfect.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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Food2
Ambience3
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·Dined on 28 September 2017

Please read review on Trip Advisor yesterday. This "restaurant" is a disgrace.

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Food5
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·Dined on 27 September 2017

The food was delicious and creative! Excellent variety of dishes and all were complementary for each other. No disappointments!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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Food3
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Value3

 
·Dined on 21 September 2017

The vegetarian options here were sub par. Everything tends to have some kind of animal based addition (bonito soy for instance)

Agedashi tofu was good but similar to what you would get for half the price in a decent sushi joint. Eggplant with goats curd wasn't quite right in terms of flavour profile.

Perhaps their meat bases dishes are better.

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Food4
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·Dined on 21 September 2017

Great for special occasion dining! Expensive! Fancy food. Great service! Lovely atmosphere! Cosy for winter dining! Would recommend but would warn about the expense!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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Food3
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·Dined on 21 September 2017

Food was good but not impressed for the price. Excellent service and atmosphere.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 14 September 2017

We had 2 dinners and one breakfast here while staying at Hotel Hotel.
Excellent interesting food choices, innovative and delicious. In particular the Mulloway dish on the dinner menu, was exceptional. Also the duck parfait , a perfect accompaniment to the 2004 Great Ron shiraz we were recommended by Sommelier Rob whose advice was excellent, helpful, knowledgeable ( esp about local Canberra wines ) and informative. We enjoyed our conversations with him and relished his suggestions for cellar doors to visit.
Breakfast was fabulous. The Quince dish with ricotta was outstanding.
We have no hesitation in recommending Monster Bar and Kitchen.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Cozy
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Food3
Ambience4
Service1
Value2

 
·Dined on 9 September 2017

Unfortunately the service was not the best and dishes came out in a sporadic order and some dishes were forgotten completely. Our servers were inattentive and we needed to get their attention multiple times in order to place a drinks order.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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Service5
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·Dined on 29 August 2017

What a wonderful evening. Our server, Nathan was fabulous. Friendly, informative and encouraged us to try new things!
Neither of us had tried offal before and the beef tongue was to die for!
We selected two items each from the bar and main menu and seriously I cannot fault a single thing. It was all melt in your mouth, delicious!
Will definitely recommend and be back again. thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience5
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·Dined on 25 August 2017

What an outstanding venue, ambience, service, and menu! Everything about Monster Kitchen & Bar and it's setting inside Hotel Hotel stimulated the senses. The first thing that hits you is the marvellous architecture and decor of the building and restaurant. The menu was interesting and sounded so good that it was difficult to decide what to order. The artwork and artefacts are amazing! I can't wait to go back and try other items on the menu. A definitely 10 out of 10 rating overall!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on 19 August 2017

The food and service was medium to good but way overpriced for the quality.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
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·Dined on 12 August 2017

Upmarket, different style of food but very nice. Great environment. Not the place to go for steak and chips dishes more like you would find on Masterchef. Vibrant flavours great taste step out of your comfort zone and experience Monster. Great setting friendly staff

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 12 August 2017

Love the creativity, the art. Appreciated the personalised service dedicated to us, looking after us, friendly, professional. And LOVED Eden's descriptions of the good - an audio and imaginative experience that blew my mind!! Almost didn't have to eat it - that was an experience in itself! So sensuous. But we did, and it was delicious, not so sure about the pumpkin, but as always, the eggplant!!

Martinis were a bit ... flat?

Could have softer lighting in the lounge area for more intima

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music
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Food5
Ambience5
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·Dined on 3 August 2017

Great food with excellent service in a lovely location

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food4
Ambience5
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·Dined on 29 July 2017

Fantastic service from Nathan.
Drinks were overpriced-$30+ Retail price!!!
Tasty food but main was cold

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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Food5
Ambience4
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·Dined on 29 July 2017

Amazing building. Modern, buzzing and energetic. Generous portions for shared plates. The service was good. The food was all excellent. I would definitely go back to try more of the menu.

Tags: Special Occasion
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Food4
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·Dined on 21 July 2017

Great staff, wonderful food. We had a ball

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 21 July 2017

Fun concept with seriously amazing food and great atmosphere

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food1
Ambience2
Service3
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·Dined on 10 July 2017

Never recommend this place to others

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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Food5
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 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on 8 July 2017

Best and creative food at a reasonable price. Superb service and cosy atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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Food5
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·Dined on 8 July 2017

It was part of a fun weekend with friends - Hotel Hotel stay, opera and transport - and the share plates meal was just right

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
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·Dined on 3 July 2017

Totally surprising. The food was fabulous. I previewed the menu and thought that I wouldn't like anything. Our wonderful waiter (Emma) encouraged me to try some things I would never normally try (raw steak, blood sausage) and it was delicious. The desserts were superb!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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·Dined on 24 June 2017

My husband and I had a brilliant dinner experience at Monster.....the food was delicious....we enjoyed every morsel. We love food with lots of flavour and textures and our meal certainly delivered. The staff were warm and friendly and clearly knew their stuff....the atmosphere lively and vibrant. Wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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Service4
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·Dined on 22 June 2017

Great interior
Some of the wait staff did not seem very interested in providing service and did so begrudgingly.
Food was good overall but not great. Chips were awful.
Drinks were very expensive.

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·Dined on 18 June 2017

Delicious, adventurous dishes complemented by attentive service make this our go-to spot for special occasions or hosting out of town guests.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 17 June 2017

Very disappointing for a restaurant with such a good reputation. Great staff, wine list and bar. We were served white bread jaffle with a virtually no flavour filling for $19 (this was suppose to replace the Yabby and Truffle on the menu previously).

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 17 June 2017

Found Monster to be a wonderful, well appointed night out.

Knowledgeable and energetic service, extensive drinks list and excellent food. The share plates were wonderful. Potentially slightly limited in proteins for the mains but absolutely gorgeous food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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·Dined on 17 June 2017

We were particularly impressed with the service and the ease of staff catering to our 6 year old. They have one of the better kid's menus I've seen, not just your boring old nuggets & chips!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List
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Food4
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·Dined on 16 June 2017

Service was a little slow at the beginning, however the dishes came out fairly quickly. We shared most dishes, interesting food combinations and just enough for tasters. We were a table of 6 and we were sitting in the corner window, it was relatively quite and private. Food was good, will come back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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