Monster Kitchen & Bar

4.1
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575 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.

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.
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
3.9
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.7
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JB
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

RG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

AF
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.

n
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.

KM
New York Area
3 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.

JH
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.

KW
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!

r
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!

GM
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.

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

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

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

OT
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

PO
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.

MT
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.

SC
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
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

TV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
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.

BL
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

EP
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.

TN
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.

KD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

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.

SA
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

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.

AD
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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 :)

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

CC
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

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.

AT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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!!!

RD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Food was great, though I missed the Prosecco mussels which has been taken off the menu. Service was also better last time.

AD
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

desert menu is thin. more sorbets than needed. shame blinds have to be down. but the food was exceptional.

A
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

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.

AM
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

SM
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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!!

BJ
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

LH
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

B
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

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.

C
Canberra / ACT
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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.

SS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

RS
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

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.

LH
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and wine list. Great space, wonderful, attentive staff. Excellent through and through.

LH
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

KH
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a good experience with lovely food but quite expensive.