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Monster Kitchen & Bar

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595 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Monster Kitchen and Bar wanders through the ground floor of Ovolo Nishi, preoccupied with local and seasonal produce prepared for sharing.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 595 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
3.9
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AxelGram
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

We were staying at Ovolo Nishi, and had a late booking. While the surroundings are very attractive, the overall experience was underwhelming. Our table was poorly positioned; the glass of wine, a Lark Hill Riesling was warm and had a slight vinegar taste, as if a bottle was left open on the bench, overnight; the miso eggplant was overcooked and the panko chicken was little more than an expensive sandwich.
We were very disappointed.

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SabinaS
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, one of the best meals we've ever had! Would highly recommend.

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DavidR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Is a great place to celebrate or have a relaxing meal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Didn’t get to make it to the food..... we left as we had to wait 25min just for the waiter to come to the table. terrible service will definitely not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Sexy venue, great food and wine.

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CindyD
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Love this venue, spacious, quiet, excellent food & service

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Julian
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Beautiful restaurant with great decor and amazing food!

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BJ222
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

What a funky location and great food. Slight Japanese infusion to many of the food options. We also really enjoyed the wines that were on a very small wine list.

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Cookie
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Despite our confirmed reservation they didn’t have a table for us as they had taken other diners in. They sent us to the bar for a drink. The wine list is outrageously overpriced.
The waiter didn’t know what the specials were and when asked how the fish was cooked ie fried grilled etc he said “we’ll find of course”.
Very very limited menu.
Pasta was ok
Beautiful setting. Spent too much on decor and not enough on menu and staff training.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing, food delicious and great value for money

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Khin
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love celebrating special occasions at the Monster and it is kid friendly too which is always a bonus.

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SoniaF
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our dinner! Service was great and atmosphere was lovely!

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NoelE
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I like dinning out but do not like post activity surveys.

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gourmetladies
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very busy & noisy atmosphere, very good quality food but as we were a table of eight we had to eat in two sittings as the kitchen could not handle 8 of us ordering a la carte. best to go early or late for dinner.

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Shell
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We booked and arrived for 1045am to be told that breakfast finishes at 1030am and the kitchen was closed. The menu and booking confirmation states 12pm.

If the kitchen was going to close early, we should have been notified not when we arrived and had paid for parking.

We were most looking forward to coming esp as we were from out of town.

We will not be coming again.

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Diner123
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

It took 35 minutes to have our order taken after receiving our menus. Then we didn't receive any drinks until I asked after we were given our entrees. The food was not amazing for the price.

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JeannettaE
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were super knowledgeable and great loved the food and atmosphere too

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StuartG
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The 8 course set menu was great. An excellent combination of seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes. They were able to easily switch a couple of dishes due to dietary requirements. We were all very satisfied (full)!

The wine service was poor. We got given a menu but then no one came to take an order for quite a long time. After asking to order and getting a nice Chardonnay (it’s a very good wine list by the way) we were not served for drink again, despite empty glasses. I asked if we could buy another bottle, it was served and then no one visited again to top up glasses. I had to go to a side table to grab the bottle and top up our glasses.

Another annoying aspect of the night was that they were setting up the restaurant space for hotel buffet breakfasts while we were still dining nearby! This certainly made the evening feel a bit “unspecial”.

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Diddy
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience with friends.

Definitely coming back!!!

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ColinW
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Monster for the amazing variety of great dishes on offer and, just like Ovo Nishi itself, the dishes are often a little different and quirky - but always prepared to perfection. This time round we went for the degustation with matched wines - fantastic food and great value!

JB
JulieB
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great room with interesting decor and outlook. Service was pleasant and food most enjoyable for brunch.

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RebeccaG
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was delicious with a great range of veggo options (a rarity in a restaurant which also prides itself on the meat dishes). The service was attentive and helpful. The food was beautifully presented and interesting with wonderful flavour combinations.

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AlbertoF
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

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.

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nicolas
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

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.

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KenM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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JennaH
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

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.

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KarlyW
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

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!

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rikkic
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great service, good attention to detail, and very good quality food. The duck/rhubarb dish is a knockout!

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GrahamM
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

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GlendaK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, innovative menu, hip ambience, fun, cool.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was very good though serves were small. Best value was the express menu for lunch

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OpenTable Diner
Canberra / ACT
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exquisitely wonderful. Yummie beyond words. Staff friendly and helpful. We were welcomed as Family.

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PeterO
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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.

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MichelleT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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.

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SallyC
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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.

GJ
GJC72
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

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

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TeeVigs
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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BarryL
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Incredibly ill informed staff, meal was prepared three times before they got it right , expected a lot more

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EasilyPleased
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

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.

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TimN
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

FAQs

Monster Kitchen & Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 6287 6287.

Monster Kitchen & Bar is rated 4 stars by 595 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.