Monster Kitchen & Bar
The kitchen and bar team guide her through her multiple personalities as she shifts from lucidity to debauchery between 6.30am and 11:00pm Monday - Sunday.
Breakfast is served from 6.30am until 11am, Lunch from 11:30am until 3:00pm, and Dinner from 5:30pm until 10pm. The Bar menu is served from 3:00 until 10pm, seasonal drinks and wines are served until 11pm Monday - Sunday.
Nice food. Staff were a bit snooty though. It was our first wedding anniversary & it made us feels bit uncomfortable.
Great for cocktails with friends in the lounge area but the dining section has really lost is ambience and the food is no longer as good. The presentation is beautiful but the flavours aren't great.
To be honest, I was a little underwhelmed. I had high expectations going in as I had researched the perfect restaurant for my partner's birthday. The food in the set menu, although good quality, was small portioned and mostly vegetables or cold dishes.... Being winter we were expecting more meat and warmer dishes. The only meat included was oysters, cold salmon and a tiny tiny duck breast. We had to order a steak on top to make the night worthwhile. Service was average with not many smiles and when we asked questions the girl would go off to find the answer and never come back with it... The dishes were also maybe spread to much apart. The beetroot would've been nice if served with the duck instead of ages before. I mean, a table next to us were receiving the dishes earlier and together even though they sat later than us. Only good thing was the ambience, quality of food and the cocktails. We were also disappointed in breakfast the next morning, as hotel guests we had a complimentary breakfast but never have I ever had to peel my own boiled eggs at a hotel or even a hostel hahahahaha. A 5 star hotel restaurant can surely do a better spread than that.
5 of us went, we had Reuben sandwich, lamb ribs, cheese balls and 2 udon noodles with tofu and chili paste. We had to order salad and 2 servings of chips as portions are not big.
The food was lovely, chips hand cut - the best we had in ages.
Service great, not too much in your face.
It was nice to have a meeting over lunch in a great environment
My husband and I just had the most magical dinner at Monster for our Babymoon. We had a beautiful table by the fire and the low lighting was calming and romantic. Our waitress was lovely and attentive without interrupting. We loved and appreciated the personal touches of a complimentary ‘Congratulations’ dessert platter. The food, which is all designed to be shared, was absolutely tasty. We highly recommend the restaurant and will definitely be back.
The new menu was welcome. The wine list great, the service was a bit rushed and we would have liked all the dishes for the meal to come closer together.
Service and food were absolutely amazing! Our waiter was also very well informed us of all the food and how they work great place will be back for sure!
Another great night celebrating a birthday with family and friends. The venue is a little bit special and its nice to spoil ourselves at Monster now and then. We had the 8 course degustation and it was well spaced and the presentation, quality and quantity of food was excellent. The staff also looked after us with a desert and birthday candle to make the night that extra bit special. Thankyou Monster, we'll be back again soon!
Our waiter was exceptional as was the food he suggested.
Monster provided a wonerful and unique experience, with outstanding service, food and atmosphere. For finer dining, they provide ample portions of food to share among a table, and at such a reasonable price. Truly one of Canberra's best restaraunts.
We have enjoyed our meals at Monster on several occasions. Most importantly we loved the menu. Unfortunately, this has changed and our favourite dishes are no longer there. We enjoyed the shared dishes in the past, but on this occasion with this menu it didn't work so well. If you like an entree and main, you'll be well accommodated. Some of the dishes were good. However, I was disappointed as for me the changes were not improvements. The wait person was excellent.
Nice food, lovely atmosphere and beautifully designed space. Service was not very professional on the night we visited.
Monster Bar used to be awesome, with an innovative and interesting menu. It is now just a clone of a generic hotel restuarant offering burgers. What a let down! It was previously my go-to restaurant in Canberra where I would take visitors I wanted to impress. It is now my "don't-go-to-ever restuarant". The change was so great, that on my final visit, when we were presented with the new menu, my wife and just left and went to Parlour Wine room nearby, where we had a great lunch.
We did the feed me option and the portions came out with not enough for 6 people to share. When we questioned this we were told if we weren’t happy then we should just order off the main menu. It put a dampener on the whole evening unfortunately.
We were looking forward to a relaxed, enjoyable evening celebrating a major achievement. We had imagined 2 -3 hours over dinner, with great food, wonderful wine and lovely company. Sadly, it was an incredibly disappointing experience. We arrived at 8, and it was all over by 9:10 pm. Our initial waiter did try, but must have gone off shift soon after our arrival as after taking our order, didn't come back. We asked for water for our table and eventually (we had to ask) were given 2 small 330 ml bottles of sparkling - no explanation, and no offer to replenish at any time. Our wine came but was put over on a side cupboard, with no offer to refill when we finished our glasses. We were told 'monster' serves the food in the order it deemed right - sounded enigmatic and fun, but unfortunately meant rapid arrival of plates of which some were clearly reheated or had been sitting on a side somewhere. The lamb (so promising in the menu!) was very fatty which was congealed and tepid. One of the dishes never arrived. A waiter simply never appeared. Overall, very disappointing and I would never risk taking a friend or valued guest there.
Excellent food, service and atmosphere
We had a lovely experience, the food was to die for, the service immaculate and we left with smiles on our faces
Service was very friendly but forgetful. We were forgotten after being seated, and similarly not followed up after getting the wine list back for a second choice of wine. We felt we had to chase staff all night. However one of our group left her handbag on the table and the restaurant was very prompt in ringing us to advise just after we left. Much appreciated.
We found the lunch offerings to be quite disappointing. Reuben sandwiches, with very little filling and absolutely nothing served with them - not even a sprig of green to enhance the presentation.
Three bowls of chips ordered on the side were all over cooked to the point of being burnt. When this was pointed out to the serving staff at the end of the meal, with most of the chips still on the table, they offered to bring us more. What would have been better was to have them removed from the bill, as they were almost inedible.
We also had to ask three times whether Monster participated in a discount rewards program before finally getting a response.
And with the cheapest option for a bottle of wine being $69, this wasn't a place we'd consider for future lunches.
In all, very disappointing.
Low lighting and dark plates made it harder to appreciate the food on the plate, and there are more tables in the dining space making it a little less relaxed than on previous visits; but we still enjoyed our dinner. Loved the bombe Alaska!
Our dinner at Monster was amazing. Cannot fault anything at all and very keen to return - for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The staff provided amazing customer service - friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and attentive. The food itself was exceptional! And very moderatly priced. The ambience was great - a circular gas firepit just near our table; seated near the windows without a hint of cold air; and gentle music. Thanks so much Monster :)
Surprisingly good food given other reviews. We had the Salmon and Lamb for entree and both were delicious and well priced. Fish of the day was Red Snapper and very tasty, as were the Mussels. The Prime Rib was cooked well but rather pricy. Service was friendly and helpful though a little slow - especially drinks in the bar which took 15 minutes to arrive. Interesting and comfortable decor gave the eyes plenty to look at and talk about. The Monster Kitchen & Bar is a good choice for a special night out especially if you want a bit of romance around the fire pit.
unpleasant Dinner on Sunday
Unprofessional Manager, we asked at what time the restaurant would have open and he replied, i am sorry we are fully booked, did not bother to ask if we had a reservation!!
Dinner was OK nothing exceptional and I don’t think they deserve an hat in the good food guide.
We choose the degustation menu, (which it is a chef choice)
1st course Marinated Olives, quite disappointing not even a good quality.
2nd course Jamón ibérico was respectable but literally nothing else on the plate , you would expect at least some croutons or else to eat it with.
3th course Buffalo Mozzarella, embarrassing and sad, Mozzarella wasn't nice and juicy as you presume it was dry and the bread served with was burned (Chefs when you are grilling the bread ensure there is no flame otherwise the bread will gain the burn flavour) and at least offer some EV olive oil to go with.
4th Course Beetroot the star of the night, well balanced nice texture.
5th Course Chicken Supreme was Ok a bit dry and the overall dish missing of texture.
6th Course Artichokes was a decent dish. Nicely seasoned and rich in flavor.
7th Course Dessert, the chocolate terrine was average and the salted ice cream served with was burned .
Even if they did mention they were fully booked, from 6PM till 8.30PM, out of the 70 seats only 35 people were dining.
Service did not clear our table during the duration our evening until the dessert, you would think that at least when they were bringing a new course they would have, but it didn't happen.
Overall Overpriced for what you get, not recommended
Lunch menu was not variety. Not impressed with the food either. I will not recommend and will not come back here for food. Having said that, service was excellent, very attentive and polite.
A good place to wind down after work on Friday night, especially in winter.
Front of house seemed a little disorganised. Our wait staff were lovely, but awkward. The food wasn't as good as I recall it being prior to the new setting. The comte croquettes were not as exciting as I had anticipated.
Breakfast the next day was particularly disappointing. Trying to get water was a task, coffees were slow to arrive and the food menu was a let down compared to my previous experience.
I will say, the awkward experience at breakfast was reminiscent of another Ovolo hotel, Ovolo Incholm.
I have been raving about the "Eggs Cilbir" dish at Monster but it is no longer on the menu. A pity the new menu is something I will not rave about to my colleagues. I would be hesitate to recommend Monster in the future given there are so many other options in Canberra. Hopefully things improve for my next visit.
I regularly meet friends for breakfast at Monster but was unimpressed with my recent visit for the following reasons:
1. The location of the breakfast service has moved to the dining area but there are no signs so we waited at the top of the stairs as per all previous visits. Finally after being ignored by multiple staff walking past, we spoke to the barista who motioned us to the dining area.
2. My booking was not recorded anywhere or expected. The waitress was only aware of people’s room numbers.
3. The dining area is now a buffet space so it was uncomfortable having a giant table of food next to our table. We were given only 3 menus for 4 guests and service was slow. While we waited to order, multiple guests had to physically stop a waiter to order coffee and we overheard more than one follow up for food. Tables that ordered after us were served first.
4. I ordered the crumpets which were delicious, but I had to pick sesame seeds off the top of them. As someone with food allergies, this is not reassuring as to the state of the kitchen given that sesame seeds are not an ingredient for crumpets.
I hope this feedback is taken into account as Monster is such a breakfast staple!
Was a fantastic night until my boyfriend broke up with me.
It was nice.
The menu and ambience didn’t wow us, the service and food were great.
We didn’t like the openness to the hotel lobby, and found it hard to be in the right mood on the space.
Morven was great but I didn’t like the uniform. It didn’t match the surroundings.
This place is great as a special event and not an everyday place due to the expense. The staff were amazing and the food is delicious but you don’t get much, I know some of my guests got some takeaway on the way home. The menu is a little confusing so get them to explain it to you before you order. Keep an eye on the wine list too, we thought we were ordering a bottle of wine and it was actually a carafe so we ended up with double the cost. The place itself was busy yet cosy and we had a great girls night overall. I’m a little confused as to why the toilets are so dark though!?
Great vegetarian food, friendly and helpful staff and cosy ambience. Only issue I have on this and other occasions is the noise level. The music is usually too load, especially with all the hard surfaces echoing the music and other noise, so that it is often really hard to hear the conversation.
We loved the place, good atmosphere, very friendly staff and amazing food!
Used to be our fav place to eat in canberra but the food has changed.
Would recommend to anyone!! Great food great service and unbeatable price for the quality of the food
Very disappointing service for Mother’s Day breakfast...staff were running around but not paying attention to guests and got our order wrong. Also forgot to place our drink order then didn’t follow it up once it was placed...waited 40 minutes for a Momosa.
Great setting and food was good...let down by sub-par service!
Slow terrible service. Waited over 2 hours for our meal and they forgot 2 dishes. Drinks to 45 mins tonarrive at table. Won’t return.
Great to have some share plates adapted to vegan and be so tasty.
Food was awesome. Pity the service left a lot to be desired. Staff couldn’t explain the specials or the dishes off the menu clearly. Waiter brought cold bottle of wine under his arm and brought a glass with a beer but didn’t even open the beer. Small plates came really quickly but as the restaurant got busy to took ages for the large plates to come and to get the attention of wait staff to order dessert.