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

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.3

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 (78)
Special Occasions (60)
Romance (45)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (41)
Notable Wine List (35)
Good Vegetarian Options (31)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for a Date (24)
Late-night Find (19)
Neighbourhood Gem (19)
Group Bookings (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Brunch (16)
Lunch (15)
Casual (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Cosy (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Fun (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
People Watching (7)
Scenic View (7)
Seasonal (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Business Meals (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (3)
Child Friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Tapas (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Upselling dishes by staff annoying and food didn’t live up to expectations.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Warwickshire)·Dined 5 days ago

I love this place. Everytime I have dinner or breakfast or lunch I remember why. The vibe is great- the food is awesome. what more do you need???

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on 7 December 2017

Fantastic food served with great style and enthusiasm. Loved every bit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 7 December 2017

Always a fabulous experience. Food is innovative and tasty and designed for sharing. Cocktails are fun and delicious. Ambience and venue are modern and beautiful as well as comfortable. Highly recommend Monster.

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 25 November 2017

Really mediocre for the hype and price. $37 for a steak that wasn’t rested and bled onto the plate.

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·Dined on 25 November 2017

Food was tasty but let down as it was not hot.
Emma (I think) was a very good waitperson.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 24 November 2017

Lovely night out. Maybe not the best food ever but very tasty

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 24 November 2017

Thoroughly disappointed with the level of service and the speed of the food leaving the kitchen. Two wait staff to service a moderately busy dining room, but as the food was so slow out of the kitchen, the most attentive the wait staff could be was to refill our water glasses - numerous times!

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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Food5
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·Dined on 17 November 2017

Great and innovative food ... highly recommended especially for those travelling to Canberra

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 16 November 2017

The shared plates were exceptional & different to normal far, the 3 different oysters were brilliant as were the smaller entrees to share - the minor downer was the olives which needed to be mixed - The services was very good with the dish explained when served (also explained well when taking orders. We'll be back !!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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Food1
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·Dined on 11 November 2017

Food is too puthere! Crispy pig ears and wagu tongue, pork neck. Not eatable to the usual person.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 10 November 2017

Great food and service. Gorgeous design and cocktails.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 10 November 2017

The service here is terrible. When we arrived, no less than three waiters asked if we wanted to order drinks (we ordered with the first waiter). Then it all declined from there. We had to ask for our drinks two times, the wine list two times, the bill two times. The wait staff ignore people waiting at the entrance for a table and are more intersted in chatting amongst themselves or standing around doing nothing. The food over-priced for what you get, is nothing spectacular and the poor, poor service makes the whole dining experience lack-lustre. There are cheaper, better serviced and more interesting places to dine. Give it a miss.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on 9 November 2017

Awful service, but a beautiful venue. I would only recommend going forca drink then dining elsewhere

Tags: Waterfront
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Food4
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·Dined on 8 November 2017

Escape to magical corner. Relax and enjoy tasty food in a very calming, peaceful environment.
Just the place for a quiet catch up. Our service was excellent and our waiter was helpful and very polite. Definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 8 November 2017

Sensational amalgam of food flavours in a contemporary manner.
Pushing the limits of food experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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Food4
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·Dined on 6 November 2017

Food was fantastic we enjoyed every dish, the service was however abrupt and not to the standard of a top notch restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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Food4
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 4 November 2017

I booked Monster for my partners birthday which I specified as the reason when booking. Which I don’t know why it’s even a question as the staff didn’t acknowledge this at all. The main food was good but dessert was a massive disappointment. The menu should specify deconstructed dessert and I only understood the waiters comment when the dessert arrived. So I guess I was warned. I wouldn’t bother to book here again for a special occasion

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·Dined on 3 November 2017

Egg plant and beef tartar dishes were out of this world good. I'll go back for those alone. Service was excellent. Dessert was yummy as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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Food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 31 October 2017

Four of us tuned at Monster after going to a movie at the Palace Electric below. We were promptly seated in an area to the side that we have not previously been seated in and the experience was excellent. Our table was large enough to cater for all our shared plates, yet not too big to hamper cross table conversation. We shared five small plates and four of the larger share plates and were struggling to finish them all as they were bigger than we had assumed. The food was varied and delicious, as were the wines recommended by the staff serving us. We will certainly return soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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Food4
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·Dined on 31 October 2017

Wonderful staff. Gorgeous food. Thanks for having us, we'll come again.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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Food5
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Value3

 
·Dined on 29 October 2017

We enjoyed the sharing plates at Monster. The decor is interesting and the staff are professional.
Everything was cooked to perfection and it was a menu that pushed flavour combinations.
Personally I would have loved a good old chocolate dessert to finish but I was too full anyway.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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Food4
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·Dined on 28 October 2017

I’d read some reviews which had said the people writing them had received bad service, but this was not the case for us at all. Our waiter explained the menu and specials in detail and had fun-facts about the building & soft furnishings. The menu was interesting & the food well presented & true to the menu description.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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Food5
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·Dined on 28 October 2017

Great, got the table we requested in the corner, fgood and service was great too. thanks

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·Dined on 27 October 2017

Brilliant service, food was amazing. Will be back to try the rest of the menu. Highly Recommended

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 27 October 2017

The share plates were delicious, we ordered 3 savory and 2 sweet. It was the perfect amount between the 6 of us.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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Food5
Ambience4
Service2
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·Dined on 18 October 2017

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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Food5
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·Dined on 18 October 2017

One of my favorite restaurants - again the food and service was great. I think the service has improved since I was there earlier in the year. I wanted to order more, but would not have been able to fit it all in. Bring back the yabby jaffle ;-)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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Food3
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·Dined on 17 October 2017

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 on 17 October 2017

Funky atmosphere with creative cuisine and extensive drinks menu

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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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
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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
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Service4
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·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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·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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 (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
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 (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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·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
Service1
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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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