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Monster Kitchen & Bar

4.1
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613 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 613 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.0
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SusanM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fantastic dinner at Monster. Tuna amazing, croquettes light fluffy flavourfull, shared both courses, mains steak and miso eggplant. Both dishes were very good, the bone butter the best, also had side fries with a great dipping sauce. Also shared a rhubarb crumble with a chai ice-cream which had the best buttery crumble and the pairing with chai was perfect. Service was very quick, wait staff professional, friendly without being over the top. Enjoyed our dinner here and would definitely recommend.

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ConstantDiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience2

Limited menu of 3 choices and sides also limited to 3. Vegetarian option was expensive ++ but also salty and unpleasant in taste and texture.
Had previous (years ago) lovely meal here but I would not recommend anyone eat here anymore. Nice wait staff but was ultimately here for the food.

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ChrisW
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and service. Another enjoyable meal at Monster Kitchen

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MandyB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very efficient service. Great steak and chips and cooked to perfection

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michellep
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Well it all started out well until we looked at our menus and the wine that we had chosen was two different prices. $63 on my husbands menu and $70 on mine. They honoured the cheaper price. The entrees were outstanding but the mains let things down. There were only 5 to choose from and one was Barramundi which we were informed was not available that day so left us not much to choose from. The steak that was ordered was grissly and the miso eggplant had no flavour of Miso and was one piece of eggplant which was quite expensive. Lovely space to dine in though and staff were very friendly

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Jafa
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We made this booking on-line as the degustation had been recommended by friends. We were disappointed to find that the restaurant was closed (although this was warned to us on confirmation of the booking) and we ate in the bar (near the external door) and all food was off the bar menu. The choice was limited and what we had was fine, but it was not the celebration we hoped for. The fries and the wine was excellent.

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TammyP
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Very disappointed with our set menu and experience at Monster Kitchen and Bar. It was noted that it was our anniversary- no mention of that and very tired wait staff with zero knowledge or care factor when it came to delivering the paired wines. The noise level didn’t disappoint and only added to the pain of paying for a 12 hour slow cooked root vegetable which was hardly appetising let alone “fancy”.
The smoked aperitif and wagyu beef were the winners/saviours of the night.

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StephenH
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We had a very good meal on Friday night. The food and wine selection had plenty of options to please everyone.

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Georgia
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Got told to leave our table straight after the main. Had only been dining for an hour and 15. For the price of the restaurant you pay for the experience. Wasn’t satisfied

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OpenTable Diner
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food - crispy skin Barra was really fresh - you could taste the freshness - and eggplant wonderful texture. Good selection of wines by the glass. Chocolate dessert not overly rich so delicious!

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JoM12
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food. Wonderful service, dropped a star because they forgot a round of drinks but not a big deal.

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LAW1968
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

There was no evidence of my booking. Fortunately they had a table free but I was a little embarrassed - my guest was also a staying at the hotel - and the service was uneven. The food is, as always, very good but I do think for the price Monster should have better staff training and sort out its bookings.

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LynnI
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Wonderful dinner, fantastic service and amazing ambiance. My only criticism was the hot chips as part of the tasting menu. It was out of place on a $90 menu.

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Elzbieta
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we loved the place! The food was amazing, the atmosphere great

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Lili
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

The food and wines were brilliant, the service was pretty terrible.

We didnt get everything we ordered and then they tried to charge us for it and they didnt seem to have any idea of what was going on. A real shame because it's a beautiful space.

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I thought the attention to detail for food and service was excellent. The set winter menu was great. Wines were regional and fantastic.

The music was a bit too loud for my liking and table lighting would have been helpful. There's a fine line between buzzing and not being able to conduct a conversation.

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KathR
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved Monster! Great food, ambience and service.

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Mp89
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The meals were delicious, great spot, service was great

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AxelGram
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
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
2 reviews
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
Canberra / ACT
2 reviews
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!

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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.

FAQs

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

Monster Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 613 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.