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Monster Kitchen and Bar

Nishi Apartments 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra 2601, Australia
+61 2 6287 6287
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Overview
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good28%
  • Average19%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“hand cut chips” (17 reviews)
“pulled lamb” (16 reviews)
“beef tartare” (12 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 am - 12:00 am Hours
CUISINES
Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Nishi Apartments 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra 2601, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

And well deserved accolade. Our occasion was a wedding anniversary dinner and Monster Bar and Kitchen didn't disappoint. The menu is diverse but not extensive. Chef offers a rotating set degustation menu that covered almost all of what we would have chosen at $70 each,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank pablo-the-kiwi
Reviewed 4 days ago

Since Ovolo took over the hotel and restaurant there has been a drastic deterioration. Firstly, the staff. They are inattentive, inefficient and cannot make basic cocktails. I have never sent a cocktail back, ever. No table service. The menu has become emasculated. Very little to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Doronski
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Share plate style dining with a pretty wide choice of dishes. Mussels, steak, fish, eggplant, pulled lamb, lamb ribs etc. They advise 1.5 dishes per person which seemed about right. Works out about $70 per person including a beer. They do offer a packaged deal...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Hinanospider
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Monster Kitchen and Bar was an excellent experience. We started with some cocktails/mocktails which were fresh and flavoursome. Service was reasonably quick, and we had a few plates to share (kingfish starter, chips, duck main, eggplant main) which was more than enough to fill us...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jyht18
Kim W, Restaurant Supervisor at Monster Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear jyht18, Thank you for your wonderful feedback! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed our hospitality, design and cuisine. We look forward to welcoming you and hopefully your friends back soon. Warm Regards, Monster Kitchen & Bar Management Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Share plates are the go as seems to be the trend at the moment. Had an 8.30pm booking on a Saturday and really enjoyed the food. Started with some Oysters - a couple of different varieties, the gin cured ocean trout (so yummy) from the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank CBRJo
Kim W, Restaurant Supervisor at Monster Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi CBRJo, Firstly, thank you for your honest feedback. We appreciate you letting us know what we could improve on and what you enjoyed. We are delighted to hear you and your partner enjoyed the dishes you ordered. In terms of service, this is definitely...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent 'Date Night' location, especially if you are catching a movie at Palace Electric downstairs - though that is not the top reason to eat at Monster! They have nailed share plate concept with perfect portions, fantastic flavours and professional and attentive staff. Sidney looks...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank GedJJF
Kim W, Restaurant Supervisor at Monster Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi GedJJF, Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant as well as the service and food. Your kind feedback has been shared with Sidney as well as the rest of the Monster team....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is fun! Super eclectic but it totally works. The menu is not traditional, but you gotta try it! The food is excellent, well presented and delicious. The staff are lovely and helpful. Great vibesMore

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Danigal0
Kim W, Restaurant Supervisor at Monster Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Danigal0 Thank you for your review at Monster. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed our not-so-traditional menu! Your kind feedback has been shared with our chefs and their team as well as our floor staff. We look forward to welcoming you back soon,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love the breakfast being included with some hotel bookings now - allows a less extravgent item when required. Sdaved our money for deserts via room service!. Fantastic variances - beautiful presentation. Would love a few offerings for those who have dietary requirements for simple foods/allergies...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank apwoo
Kim W, Restaurant Supervisor at Monster Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello apwoo, Thank you kindly for your lovely words. It is a brand standard by Ovolo to offer free breakfast when booking directly with ovolohotels.com and we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the freebies. Please let us know your dietary requirements/requests next time you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried a variety of dishes from the lunch special board and the dinner menu. Great quality food and creative combinations. Thoroughly enjoyed

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank vxc333
Kim W, Restaurant Supervisor at Monster Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Venture65341193198, Thank you for your kind feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with Monster and hope to be welcoming you back very soon. Kind Regards, Monster Kitchen & Bar Management Team

Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

This was a great choice for dinner during our Canberra visit. The service faultless. Staff very efficient, understood the menu well and offered great suggestions. We shared our plates and can not fault any of them. Beautifully presented, cooked well and beyond delicious. Desert was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank SGR61
Kim W, Restaurant Supervisor at Monster Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi SGR61 We are thrilled to hear your lovely feedback regarding your dining experience at Monster. We have passed on your kind words to our chefs and their team as well as to our floor staff. We all look forward to welcoming you back to...More

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Questions & Answers
Andrew P
6 January 2018|
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Response from OvoloNishi | Property representative |
Hi Andrew, We have gift vouchers that can be purchased through Hotel Hotel. If you would like to arrange one for your parents please feel free to contact our Reservations department on +61 2 6287 6287 to get it all... More
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JBIX
29 September 2015|
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Response from OvoloNishi | Property representative |
YES you are in luck we are launching our mini monster menu later this week for our younger guests. Let me know if you need any help with your booking? Tracy
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 22
Meals
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
7:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nishi Apartments 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra 2601, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Canberra
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6287 6287
  • E-mail
Description
MONSTER is the kitchen and bar on the ground floor of Hotel Hotel located in Canberra's arts and culture precinct, NewActon. Hotel Hotel has become known for its artisan approach to design and space making. The hotel is a collaboration of more than 55 designers, makers and artists. Monster follows suit - its menu charts the seasons and uses ingredients from producers as close to the hotel as possible - oysters from Batemans Bay, vegetables from Canberra's Choku Bai Jo, truffles from Sutton, honey from the hotel's own beehives. The kitchen's ethos is that good food is for the everyday not just special occasions and exclusive restaurants. The modern Australian menu of share dishes is influenced by travel and a love of gardening. The cocktail list changes seasonally and embraces international influences while the wine list has a clear Canberra region bias.
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