About Monster Kitchen & Bar

25 Edinburgh Ave
Canberra, AU-ACT 2601
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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. Seasonal drinks and wines are served until 1AM.

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:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(02) 6287 6287

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

Executive Chef:
Sean Mcconnell

Monster Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

3.9

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Group Bookings (17)
Child Friendly (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Modern Decor (6)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
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Business Meals (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Scenic View (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Hot Spot (2)
High Tea (2)
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People Watching (2)
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Comfort Food (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Wait staff were exceptional, made great recommendations for food and wine. We were a party of 3 and had share plates of food. Good portion sizes and great variety.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 14 February 2017

Seated promptly, orders taken quickly, food arrived fast, friendly and efficient service and amazing food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 12 February 2017

The food was delicious with interesting ingredients and good presentation. The wines while very drinkable were outrageously overpriced. The waiting staff were efficient and friendly. I would be happy to recommend to friends and family but warn them about the cost.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 4 February 2017

Thank you to the servers and back of house members my wife is a vegetarian and we don't always get many choices for her. Your menu is outstanding in that regard and she was so pleased that she had some really great choices the food itself was awesome as always you guys really know your craft kudos to the chef ! The wine list is also great with lots of homage paid to local winemakers so fine wine all the way ! I can't be too effusive about the service which was top notch very attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 23 January 2017

This is our second time to monster. We found the ambiance delightful as we were able to talk to our friends and be heard. Service was quick but unobtrusive. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was delicious. Monster has small and large plates to share which gave us a wide taste across the menu. We would definitely go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 20 January 2017

Hats off to the curator of the menu. Full of flavour and texture but understated. All about the focus on amazing flavours. Love it! Amazing service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 15 January 2017

Great meal and dining experience.

All the dishes are beautifully presented. Funky deco and friendly services. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 14 January 2017

Amazing food and very helpful and friendly staff. Service exceptional. Was a bit noisy due to a wedding reception taking place, but didn't detract too much from the evening. A must do!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 11 January 2017

El millor van ser le ostres eran boníssimes, es una cuina súper original...

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·Dined on 9 January 2017

Lovely meal for a special night out.

Very different food, delicious taste ideas, accomodating for young children & extensive wine menu. Up there in Canberra's top restaurant list!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 7 January 2017

A very enjoyable and tasty meal in interesting surroundings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 6 January 2017

Food was interesting but their service was below average.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 6 January 2017

Monster was a perfect setting for a long lunch between friends. The food was outstanding, the cocktails were so interesting and the service provided by the team made our dining experience a relaxed and comfortable one. I would definitely recommend Monster.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Modern Decor, Seasonal
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·Dined on 1 January 2017

The food was outstanding. We dined at Courgette the night before which was nice, however Monster greatly exceed expectations and we enjoyed the food and style of the restaurant much more.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 31 December 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable food and proactive friendly staff

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Romantic
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·Dined on 28 December 2016

Whilst it is an interesting venue and the food was interesting, the service was so bad that I cannot possibly recommend the venue or return. It took nearly 30 minutes to receive the drinks we ordered on arrival (and 20 mins for the water we ordered). One waitress was downright rude when we followed up. Real disappointment that an otherwise interesting restaurant can be so let down by the service.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on 17 December 2016

Superb food, excellent service, gorgeous ambience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 16 December 2016

Ok, so it's Canberra, expectations low. Food was ok but not brilliant, definitely didn't match the hype, some dishes a little too salty, others somewhat bland. Service was the real let down. You know when it's getting toward the end of the meal but you feel like another drink but you can't catch the eye of your waiter, like they are hovering but their full attention is to the coffee machine or the cutlery tray on the side board and eventually you have to crash tackle someone to get service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on 16 December 2016

It always amazes me the wait staff who just remember your order and don't get anything wrong. I booked a few weeks in advance and managed to get a table it the cute elegant area which is more intimate than the bar area, although both being great in their own ways.

The food and drinks were delicious. We had an assortment of food from the share plates and bar menus, as well as cocktail and deserts. This restaurant isn't for the quick eat, u are meant to be there for a few hoursvti enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 16 December 2016

Very pleasant dining experience for two.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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service3
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·Dined on 10 December 2016

Food was sensational and we thought it was great value, everyone was full at the end of the night. Service was fairly slow and non-attentive which was a shame. Drinks are very pricey and BYO is not allowed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food3
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·Dined on 3 December 2016

Overpriced and odd combinations of flavours. Middle eastern/Japanese fusion did not work for me or my husband. Staff inattentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 1 December 2016

We knew of Monster because our granddaughter was doing work experience there. It wasn't the type of restaurant which we would normally frequent, but we were most pleasantly surprised with the range of options.

The kitchen staff are creative and use fresh produce to turn out delicious meals.

The variety of dishes was exceptional and we liked the shared plate option.

There are plenty of quirky and interesting artefacts to enjoy.

No regrets on celebrating our wedding anniversary at Monster.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 30 November 2016

Fantastic flavours and presentation of dishes. Two of us shared a couple of dishes from the Bar Menu then a couple of Shared Plates and Finished with a shared dessert.

We were impressed with the balance of flavours & textures in the Boxgum grazing beef and quail. The eggplant dish also delighted, but the pippes were less exciting.

Two disappointments: we had to wait through our 1st course for our selected local sparkling to chill; & fresh plates weren't offered between highly flavoured courses

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 27 November 2016

Have lunched there now a number of times, mostly when using the adjacent cinema. Very pleasant atmosphere, good range of interesting and tasty share plates, along with sound quality wines.

Will certainly go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 24 November 2016

It was a pleasant and enjoyable dinner experience for the four of us. All dishes were interesting and tasty. We had several from the 'bar menu'as well as the 'Share plates menu'. The waiter was top class and very helpful in deciding on how best to take advantage of the monster way.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 18 November 2016

Food was just ok. Nothing out of the box. Small serves, big prices. Wine list comprehensive but, again, priced to send you broke.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 16 November 2016

I have introduced a number of interstate visitors to Monster and all have been impressed with the ambience, the creative menu selections, the share-food option, the wine list and the friendly professional service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 12 November 2016

Lovely vibrant, modern restaurant serving innovative modern cuisine with a local feel. Staff very friendly and helpful. Service very prompt. Nice main bar area to sit and have a drink or cocktail in afterwards too. We will definitely recommend this one to our friends.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Modern Decor
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·Dined on 11 November 2016

This was a really pleasant surprise. Having read the reviews (which prompted me to book) my expectations were pretty high. I can't fault the food, dining room or staff. My wife and I booked for our anniversary and the staff consistently acknowledged our milestone. The food offered was stunning with some amazing taste combinations. Loved the small and large plates to share and I'm struggling to pick a stand-out. However, the beef tartare and lamb shoulder stick in my mind. I would def recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 11 November 2016

Service is good and quick. Food is nice as expected except that fish dish that has so much bones and Stuckey between my teeth.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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service1
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 (Canberra)·Dined on 4 November 2016

Dinner at monster restaurant for Adri birthday. Interesting food, great ambiance...terrible boring waiters. They look like robots, dry and zero emotions... .what a shame!!! No difference if I ordered the meals from a vendor machine!!!!

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·Dined on 3 November 2016

The food was delicious, but the share plates are on the small side so you need to order quite a lot...which adds up quite quickly on the bill. Staff are very friendly but forgot one of our dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 31 October 2016

Not impressed as the quality of the food was very average

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·Dined on 29 October 2016

Food was great and the staff were very helpful and polite however they seemed to be a bit stretched to provide and more personal service as i did not receive my second glass of wine until after finishing my meal even after asking several times.

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·Dined on 28 October 2016

Beautiful restaurant and delicious food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 21 October 2016

While I do not know who selects the staff they must be congratulated for ensuring they are all friendly,knowledgeable and gratefully accepted my various requests for subtle changes to the advertised menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 21 October 2016

Frankly we expected a different experience, as Monster was rated as #1 in Canberra. But the dinner menu (and we had booked a table in the restaurant) was exactly the same as the choice by simply turning up unbooked at the exterior space, at which we had lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 21 October 2016

Poor service and over priced

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 (Canberra)·Dined on 16 October 2016

Excellent food as usual! Great atmosphere and service. Will certainly be back .

Tags: Special Occasion, Modern Decor
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