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AU$10 - AU$36
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Setting is absolutely beautiful and the menu exciting, but the staff range from arrogantly to indifferent, to dismissively rude. I wouldn't go back.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

i have frequented monster for years and have noticed recently that management and staffing seem to have changed. prior to this change, i had multiple negative experiences that almost deterred me from going completely. to my relief, the new team are friendly, attentive, professional and...offer a level of relaxed yet efficient service that i expect from a restaurant like monster. i am encouraged to come dine more often now that i know i will receive a higher, and more consistent level of service. thank you staff! personally, i frequent monster for the atmosphere. it feels special yet relaxed, somewhere i can catch up with friends whilst enjoying good quality vegetarian food. respectfully, i do not expect a high level fine dining experience and that is ok. the prices reflect this and i appreciate the casualness of having the option to sit in the lobby as well as the dining area. regardless, the food (for the most part) is really enjoyable and i have had some especially beautiful, stand-out dishes over the years. i encourage those who have had a negative experience in the past to give monster another shot.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Vegetarian restaurant and the entrees and mains were good. The dessert I had (chocolate mess) was really poor. The service was terrible with dishes arriving out of order. The wine list was ok at best. Really high markups. Also the Chardonnay around the $80 to...$90 range were really boring and the next price was about $165 - nothing in between.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 February 2024

I went there on Saturday, 27th Jan, evening for dinner as it was my partner's birthday. We were anxious as we did not have any prior booking. However, Vij, one of the staff received us at the front desk provided us table for 2. The...ambiance was very cozy and my partner and I loved it so much. As it was my partner's birthday, Vij provided her with the complementary drink and were interacting with us frequently. Really loved the vibe and we will be visiting the place soon again and a huge thanks to Vij for making our night.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 28 January 2024

Not only is there a wide range of Vegan food options, but the food is delicious and delightful! Brilliant location, great ambience, excellent staff. We may have just found our new favourite place for special occasions!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024 via mobile

Amazing food, a small issue with the food order was immediately resolved, very friendly service, wonderful wines, a great choice

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024 via mobile

Group of 4 we had buffet breakfast here knowing the venue is vegetarian/vegan. At $30 per head (no discount for kids) we were expecting great vegetarian things. Only hot options - baked beans (assume house made), scrambled eggs, cooked mushrooms. Bread options - sourdough was...standout. Basic muffins, mini croissants and a orange/poppyseed loaf. Some fruit - half not great - bruised bananas, tinned apricots and cherries - the last of which were swimming in their juices and looked half mouldy. Yoghurt jars and a basic selection of cereals Basic apple and Orange juice. Terrible coffee. Tea selection was nice with Teadrop tea bags. No cheeses, salads, veggies. Unless you are staying at the Ovolo Nishi and you get a deal on the breakfast don’t waste your money on this breakfast.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 26 October 2023

Monster is in a fabulous building, the decor and design is worth a visit alone. The service was good and I loved the seating, fireplace and reading nook.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 5 May 2023 via mobile

Monster is a vegetarian restaurant located in the lobby area of the amazing Ovolo Hotel in Canberra. It’s a wonderful large space but still manages to feel cozy and intimate. The staff were impeccable and the food fantastic. We had the degustation menu with wine...pairing and loved every dish. The wines were varied and from France, Italy , California and Australia which was really refreshing - I love Aussie wines but it’s really nice to see a restaurant mixing it up a bit. Wonderful.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 18 April 2023

Amazing food, incredible!!! And Ton took excellent care of us. Must destination....Highly recommended!!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 18 April 2023

The most amazing meal Such amazing flavours Staff so well versed in customer needs and service Can’t recommend highly enough

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 14 April 2023 via mobile

Booked this dinner before I realized it was a vegetarian restaurant but was pleasantly surprised. Everything we ate was amazing and enjoyed by everyone who dined with me. The lavender crème brûlée dessert was the winner of the meal, it was amazing. The dining space...has a great atmosphere and is located in a stunning building. I would have given Monster 5 stars but the service let us down. Our waitress had zero personality and was quite grumpy during the meal. It was difficult to get more than 2 words let alone a smile out of her.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 10 April 2023 via mobile

This restaurant needs more signage in place as it was confusing on where it actually was. It is part of a mixed, spacious area. The decor is interesting enough but nothing of note. The staff were very friendly and attendant. The sweet potato chaat was...delicious but too spicy. The momos were ok but overpowered by a too spicy sauce. The star of the night was the stuffed cabbage rolls - absolutely delicious! And what can go wrong with fries! The free, mini Lilly bar was cute. For $130 including a beer and a cocktail, it was ok but won’t rush back.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 6 April 2023

We had a wonderful 6 course vegetarian degustation to celebrate our anniversary. I am vegetarian and loved having so many fabulous options. My husband eats anything and also loved the meal, despite him not being a vegetarian. The courses were all tasty and very well-presented....We were too full by the end and probably didn't need the second dessert and normally I'm a dessert lover!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 23 March 2023

Had a lovely night here for dinner. We had the degustation and it was so delicious. The service was amazing as well as the ambience.

Date of visit: February 2023
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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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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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Monster Kitchen and Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
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