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.
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
Beautiful setting for very nice food. Service was on the slow side and wine by the glass somewhat stingy.
I have attended Monster in the past and wanted to return as I previously had a good experience. I was disappointed in the small serves and quality. Wine was expensive and ordinary. Cheese plate was more enjoyable than dinner. Menu prices did not reflect the bill.
Great food and wine and friendly staff but quite pricey and we paid for zucchini flowers that never arrived.
Food and wine were excellent. Service was patchy and we were not fans of the fireplace close to us.
Amazing food, wonderful service - our dinner at Monster was the highlight of our trip to Canberra! Thank you!
We thought the food was really nice. We (3 people) had the tasting menu and were a bit disappointed with the service though in the following ways:
- Had to wait half an hour for wait staff to ask us what we wanted to drink (other than water, that is)
- When we finally got our bottle of wine and wanted another drink after we finished it, we had to wait a long time again (surely keeping the patrons buying drinks is how a restaurant makes a large part of its profit, so it is a bit hard to fathom)
- The individual plates we were eating off were not changed throughout the whole 7 courses
- Tasting menu items were combined on one plate and shared, which whilst not a problem for us as a family may worry others if you don't know the other person/s
Not sure if the staff were too busy to give us better service or just not trained well enough. Hopefully this review may help.
The food tasted nice, but this did not make up for the poor service attention. I was waiting for a friend to arrive for over ten minutes, and in this time not a single server came to ask if I wanted to order a drink. None of the servers noticed when I tried to get their attention to order a drink. Very disappointing. The food also is far too expensive.
Quality has dropped over time. The tables are really close together. Food is good, but had to send back steak that was over-done. Drinks took way too long to come to us (already done with entree and martini was warm) and our order was missing an item. Disappointed.
Monster was perfect for a meal with good friends. We enjoyed the wine, food and service.
A great setting and good service, good to have Canberra wines.
the food was great; the service, say so; I had my steak after the other 3 had their tapas...i would give them another chance...
A quality restaurant and bar with excellent food and a great wine and cocktail list. The food is really interesting, very tasty and great ingredients. I'd definitely go back for more..