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. 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:
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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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (107)
Special Occasions (67)
Vibrant Bar Scene (62)
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Notable Wine List (55)
Romance (41)
Good Vegetarian Options (35)
Brunch (30)
Lunch (29)
Neighbourhood Gem (24)
Late-night Find (23)
Group Bookings (18)
Child Friendly (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Modern Decor (7)
Good for a Date (5)
Scenic View (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Seasonal (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Business Meals (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
High Tea (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fireplace (2)
People Watching (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Authentic (1)
Cosy (1)
Open Kitchen (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Tapas (1)
Family Style (0)
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·Dined 3 days ago

As always the food was wonderful. The eggplant is always a favourite

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 4 days ago

Very disappointed with the entree special bao with pork croquette and kimchi,the pork shoulder croquette was dry , lick of taste and kimchi was not fermented enough.

Tags: Special Occasions
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·Dined 7 days ago

The food was awesome and the waitstaff both friendly and knowledgeable. The only way to describe the menu however is wanky. Its trying too hard to cater for hipsters. While I greatly enjoyed the food I felt that it wasn't great value for money with fine dining restaurants nearby being cheaper and offering better ambience. So a mixed review. If you consider yourself a hipster foodie this is certainly a place to try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 17 April 2017

Found it cosy. Disappointed we had to have our wine glasses topped up.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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service5
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·Dined on 14 April 2017

Tapas style was great for a leisurly meal to share with friends and catch up with what they are doing

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 7 April 2017

I was struck by how perfect the noise level was. The restaurant was full but we could hear each talk, and hear the groovy music, but couldn't hear other tables' conversations or any bustle from the bar area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romance, Special Occasions
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·Dined on 5 April 2017

Great vibe, good food and wine service a bit hit and miss, friendly but not particularly professional and a tad forgetful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romance, Special Occasions, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 1 April 2017

Truly inspired menu - cocktail with squid ink? tick. Duck with guanciale? tick. And so on and so forth. Wonderful attentive and knowledgable service. Quirky surrounds. What more is there?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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service2
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·Dined on 27 March 2017

Monster came with a reputation to live up to, however the service was a bit fractured. We received the wrong dish & a dessert was delivered we hadn't ordered.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romance, Special Occasions, Notable Wine List, Neighbourhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 26 March 2017

Fantastic restaurant; as soon as we walked in, we were greeted with a chirpy "Happy birthday", which made us feel right at home. The food, and the drinks were impressive, and I will defenitely be recommending the place to friends. One suggestion though is to check in on diners more often, we were waiting for a while in between orders etc. But overall, a great night, and we will definitely be revisiting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Group Bookings, Neighbourhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (London)·Dined on 26 March 2017

Fantastic atmosphere and food typical of the McConnell brothers, fabulous and innovative. Fun staff and great wine list.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighbourhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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service5
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 19 March 2017

Great food, great flavours and great service (not always the way in Canberra....) a unique restaurant

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 18 March 2017

We had a wonderful birthday meal at Monster kitchen and Bar.
The food was fantastic and explained to us by well trained, informative, friendly, fun staff. Its a really relaxed atmosphere and we felt well looked after but not hassled....
A good wine list with a selection of local wines which is important.
Love the eclectic mix of furniture and decor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasions, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food2
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·Dined on 16 March 2017

Everything about the place is great except the food
The shared plates are small. The balance is out
Bugs spoilt by too much vinegar on the cabbage. King fish dominated by the sauce and the very small duck serve ruined by a very salty black pudding
The dessert was a mess

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·Dined on 5 March 2017

Booked this online. Restaurant great, OpenTable booking service a nightmare. Kept sending me email confirmations every 5 minutes. Ended up with 30+ emails. Won't book through OpenTable again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Child Friendly, Late-night Find, Special Occasions
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·Dined on 4 March 2017

Brunch review. Great venue, atmosphere, selection of food and drinks. However, staff taking orders without a notepad is a recipe for disaster, as we experienced, which means that someone's meal has to be prepared again and eaten alone. This was made worse by the staff member implying that the customer had requested the order in question to save face with kitchen staff. Gluten free bread delivery hadn't arrived and no replacement options. Smoked salmon not recommended. Ask for soft poached.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Brunch
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·Dined on 3 March 2017

Excellent menu - could have any of it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasions, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 3 March 2017

The staff were very attentive at the start of our meal, but then we felt forgotten. Unfortunately we waited for over an hour for our dishes to be served, one at a time, one of those being a lukewarm bowl of chips. Perplexing.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on 3 March 2017

The unusual dishes and flavors just kept hitting the right spot - we marveled at the presentation and oohed and aahed at the amazing flavors! We were blown away!
Service was bright and on the mark! Worth the trip to Canberra alone!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasions, Neighbourhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 1 March 2017

It was a great experience. My only issue is with the lighting in the toilets. I nearly fell over in there as it was so dark and this was in the middle of the day ie not in the evening after a few drinks. It is seriously an issue. I know the whole Hotel is dark but you might need just a bit more light in bathroom areas.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighbourhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food3
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·Dined on 25 February 2017

Pricey and small portions

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 22 February 2017

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, Romance, Special Occasions, 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, Brunch, Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Romance, Special Occasions, 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, Brunch, Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Romance, Special Occasions, Group Bookings, Notable Wine List, Neighbourhood 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, Romance, Special Occasions, Notable Wine List, Neighbourhood 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 Occasions, 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, Romance, Special Occasions, Group Bookings, Notable Wine List, Neighbourhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food4
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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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service4
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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, Romance, Special Occasions, Notable Wine List
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food4
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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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service2
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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: Group Bookings, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Authentic, Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasions, 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, Romance, Special Occasions, Neighbourhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on 31 December 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable food and proactive friendly staff

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Brunch, Lunch, Late-night Find, Romance
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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: Child Friendly
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·Dined on 17 December 2016

Superb food, excellent service, gorgeous ambience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romance, Neighbourhood 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, Brunch, 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, Romance, Special Occasions, Scenic View, Group Bookings, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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