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.
We booked for 8 and didn’t get seated till 8:40 then ordered straight away and got out food at 10.30.
Food was very interesting but was a little overdone.
Was a busy night for them but the quality just wasn’t what I’ve had in previous experiences.
Really nice and attentive staff.
Food quality , presentation and taste, is as expected, which is good. The deception was the wait between courses, probably around 45 minutes for us, which is excrutiatinglly long. We got many apologies when we raised the subject but somehow, this damaged the experience. Also, access is not easy, car parking is an issue in the area, we turn around carparks for 20minutes for a space.
Wonderful service coupled with an imaginative menu, great dishes lead to a totally enjoyable evening at Monster Kitchen & Bar. Totally recommended for a great evening out.
Service, venue and wine were wonderful, unfortunately the food was not up to the standard we expected. We had the tasting menu and the cigars were chewy and tasteless, prawn gyoza was overcooked and tough with underwhelming flavour, croquette was not flavourful and seem undercooked in the middle and the steak main was very basic flavour wise and did not pair well with the beetroot relish.
Monster is fabulous and has wonderful food, bar and ambience. The only problem we had (and it was a very minor one - would have given a half star if I could), was that the food and wine pairings didn't line up. The wine usually came out after the food (in some cases, a while after the food) and since the courses were quite small, we finished the food quickly and didn't actually get to try them together, which is really the point of food and wine matching. I would have liked to have heard a little about the wine too, as my friends and i are keen wine people, but the waiter (not sommelier, who was busy I think?) didn't really know much about them. Also the desserts didn't divide well when doing the tasting menu, which became a little weird with multiple people eating directly from the same plate.
In general though the meal was fantastic and we had a very enjoyable evening. Really appreciated being seated at a round table to so we could all talk as a group during the meal - this was a very pleasant surprise, thank you!
Great service, good attention to detail, and very good quality food. The duck/rhubarb dish is a knockout!
As a quiet, wet Sunday brunch it was very pleasant. Very few other patrons so noise was not a problem. Meals were well presented and flavorsome. Adjourned to the lounge for a continuation of the moment.
Great service, innovative menu, hip ambience, fun, cool.
Food was very good though serves were small. Best value was the express menu for lunch
Exquisitely wonderful. Yummie beyond words. Staff friendly and helpful. We were welcomed as Family.
We dined early, 5.30 on a Monday evening, so it was easy to get a table, and of course the service was excellent, including the promptness of the food. The ambience was pleasant and interesting (although somewhat unsightly was a kitchenhand wheeling a big black bin back and forth outside the otherwise charming view through the window). The food was excellent.
Great decor, modern and delicious food. The music was a bit odd - Metallica, 80s hits and then jazz? But overall a really terrific meal and family friendly.
My hubby and I went to Monster Restaurant for our 10 year wedding anniversary. It was a really lovely atmosphere and the food was outstanding! The only thing that would need improving is the white leather bench seat around the fire pit. So many icky looking stains from drinks glasses and split food. If this was tidied up I would have given it 5 stars.
Waiter could not find our booking.
Service was slow.
Menu variety was limited and priced on the high side.
I probably wont be rushing back there any time soon
My daughters and I really enjoyed our meal here while we were visiting Canberra. The Beetroot and Goats cheese starter was a highlight for my eldest, the kingfish for me and the churros for my youngest. Great ambiance and friendly service.
Incredibly ill informed staff, meal was prepared three times before they got it right , expected a lot more
This is a review of the 'kitchen' part of the place — we were there for dinner, in the restaurant kind of room.
We were a bit perturbed from the start, when we stood at the entrance for quite a few minutes with no apparent interest from staff. After that, staff were mostly good, though variable — eg one not knowledgeable about the food.
We had the shared degustation menu.
Some dishes were great (miso glazed eggplant, house made ice cream), some fine but unexceptional (oysters, asparagus), some poorly executed (tough uninteresting duck breast, uninteresting croquette).
One was bad: pieces of dry undercooked carrot stuck into an oversweetened black paste. We did not finish them.
Each of these menu items seemed to be a probably well-designed dish, but with execution ranging from good through to terrible.
The decor and feeling of the room was excellent: quiet ambience, good music selection, comfortable seats. So, we had a good time despite the food.
NB: We went 30 December, lateish in the evening, so maybe not representative. But hey, if they are going to be open for dinner, they should be able to serve good food.
superb venue. food was great. lots of intimate couples like us, but also large groups and even family groups for the Xmas period. no problem. the atmosphere, service and food exceptional. catered for our vegan diner effortlessly.
We were really looking forward to our dining experience however over the Xmas-new year period the restaurant was located in the tiny area just off the bar, which would have been fine if the food & service was as our expectations.
Unfortunately the service was really missing. Including taking our order and bringing our drinks without being prompted.
I am sorry to say that our experience was not great at all, but the hotel stay was great.
We arrived to the restaurant being only half in use. Fully aware that the holiday period is a notably quieter time, it would have been nice to know ahead as we were looking forward to the broader menu.
The overall service of the night was slow and disorganised.
We had a great experience which was due to the beautiful ambience plus the courteous staff and the good quality of food . The service was really good and the desert was the icing on the cake. Will definitely recommend to others and will surely come back for more :)
We celebrated a birthday and year 12 graduation with dinner at Monster, and it was a delightful occasion. The staff were attentive and the food was sensational. It was especially unusual and pleasing to celebrate a December birthday without Christmas decorations and music dominating the environment! Highly recommended for any occasion.
We have been to Monster Kitchen and bar 4 or 5 times over the past 5 years (the last time 2 years ago) and it has been a Canberra favourite, but it was very obvious something had changed. The food was not as good and the wine was ridiculously expensive. But the service was terrible. We had a waitress who promised to make a dish gluten free by putting a sauce on the side - that didn't happen. When I told a waiter I didn't want my glass topped up with wine he ignored my request and later we were served wine from another table's carafe . We told the waiter that our carafe was already finished, he said no and continued pouring. Another staff member then came up and said yes we were right and it was someone else's wine.
It used to be a special place - at that price we won't go again. In Adelaide we get exceptional service for similar priced restaurants.
The food is consistently delicious - no matter what we order. I think it is my favourite restaurant in Canberra, which is a big call in a foodie haven like the ACT!!!
Food was great, though I missed the Prosecco mussels which has been taken off the menu. Service was also better last time.
desert menu is thin. more sorbets than needed. shame blinds have to be down. but the food was exceptional.
The service was great, the food was excellently presented but lacking any superb flavour that would make you recommend it. For the price it should be much better.
It was my husband’s 50th birthday and we were both treated so well. Our whole experience was lovely, right down to the birthday message on his dessert plate. Thank you, and keep up the wonderful customer service you give.
Wonderful service from a delightful young male waiter, food was amazing particularly the beetroot dish. Chocolate chilli tart wasn’t that great. On the pricer side for us but for a special treat it was worth it and the location is five star!!
Had a lovely dinner service for my partners Birthday, however there was no added extra when i selected birthdays in special event as previously we got a glass of champagne for our anniversary. Everything was exceptional, we had the 7 course feast each, though we sat down at the table for over 2 and half hours as your chefs had forgot about our waygu beef and desert, in between meals we waited over an hour. We love the venue and will always return but i though this was very poor organisation and management as the people next to us received the same treatment.
Great atmosphere. The big circular fireplace was a wow factor. We had the set menu to share which was delicious especially the caviar blinis, flat iron steak, salmon and chilli lamb ribs.
Service was prompt, friendly and attentive without being too over the top.
Good wine list including a generous selection of local wines.
We were three people sat at a round table that could have for 5-6 so it felt a tad awkward. Atmosphere a tad cold and stark. Drinks took a long time to come out and different waitstaff delivered each course and confused the order on three occasions.
The service and food was good, only thing that let this restaurant down was the cleanliness of the table. We were placed in a dog friendly area which also happened to be right at the entrance of the hotel. Lots of people coming in and out of the hotel ruined the atmosphere of being in a restaurant. The table had fingerprints all over it which was offputting. The beautiful food did not match the setting which was unfortunate.
Overall, the food was amazing and the service was great, until...the duck dish was a little disappointing - tough and chewy, and the service dropped away towards the end of the meal. If it had been a little more attentive we'd have stayed for dessert and coffee, but after 10 minutes of being ignored, it was time to go, and we practically had to walk towards the door to get the bill. That aside, do try it - the other dishes we tried were amazing - beautifully presented and delicious.
Very disappointed with lunch today. When booking for 3 adults I was asked what was the occasion and I said a birthday lunch. Nothing happened.
We asked for sparkling water and got still twice. We asked for Asahi beer but it hadn't been chilled. We asked could we have the gnocchi without hazelnuts and were told yes, it came with hazelnuts. Individual servings came irregularly so we didn't eat starters and main together at the same time.
At the table next to us the people were asked if they were ready to order and they replied that they didn't have menus.
Food was okay.
Fantastic food and wine list. Great space, wonderful, attentive staff. Excellent through and through.
The location and atmosphere was great and most of the seating arrangements are set up so you’re not sitting right on top of other guests which I liked.
However for a $90 steak, I would have preferred it be much more tender and not be full of gristle.
Though, the other plates we ordered were great, though very small portioned.
I will attended again so I can sample more of the menu.
It was a good experience with lovely food but quite expensive.
We stayed in the hotel and dined at Monster for dinner on our first night, the service was good and restaurant decor and ambiance was excellent. Unfortunately my husband and I were let down by the food. It was explained to us that the dishes were to be shared and we were happy with this as we really enjoy this style of dining. We ordered 1/2 dozen Shane's oysters, kingfish sashimi, stuffed zucchini flowers and the steak frites of wagyu rump cap, we asked if this was enough food for the two of us and were told that it should be. No complaints about the oyster's, they were good and of standard size. The kingfish was also lovely but portion wise we found it odd that we were served 5 pieces between the 2 of us - nothing about portion size is noted on the menu - I think this is something they should consider adding to the menu or at least advise when ordering, or make the portions even, I would think it's more common to have an average amount of even diners than uneven. The zucchini flowers (which we were told were quite "heavy and filing") had a really nice flavour but again we were served 3 between the 2 of us and they were tiny. Stuffed zucchini flowers are one of our favourite things to order in most restaurants and they usually come out quite plump from a decent amount of filling. The one's we received at Monster were very skinny and contained hardly any filling. The steak - I unfortunately don't have anything positive to say about this dish, the steak was under seasoned, over cooked and very grisly. Portion wise it was enough for a main meal for one person definitely not enough for 2 people to share as the "grand finale" dish. The chips that came with it were overcooked and again a super small portion, especially for sharing. We left hungry.
I did order lunch the following day to eat on my own in the hotel lobby, I ordered the duck liver parfait and the grilled broccolini - both were an acceptable portion size for 1 and were really lovely flavour wise.
Great food, awesome service. was our anniversary and received some free champagne..great experience.
We will be back