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Spice Monkey is an Asian fusion restaurant in Forster. We believe that food feeds the soul. We design our menus to make people feel good. Our Asian fusion cuisine is served share plate style so that you and your family and friends can get the full experience of what our menu has to offer. Our expert sushi and sashimi chef will prepare your fresh sushi/sashimi selection to order and you can sit at our unique sushi bar and watch him create while you wait. Spice Monkey brings a new vibrancy to Forster restaurants with our large outdoor share-table overlooking the pristine Wallis Lake or inside at our large or round booth tables seating up to 12 and 6 people. Our inside bar area is another unique
PRICE RANGE
AU$9 - AU$33
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Healthy
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Live Music, Waterfront, BYOB, Dog Friendly, Family style, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good spot for some good food. The service was good, attentive and just the right level of checking on the table and leaving us alone. Food was good, out of the 8 different dishes I would say half was very good and only 1 was...average (the lamb ribs) so was quite happy with the menu. Large selection as well. Salt and pepper squid was excellent. There is one large table outside where you allow to bring your furry animal, so this is a great way to embrace the larger clientele. Good cocktails. Definitely would go again.More

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

A friend had told me to go here while we were on holidays. We popped in for lunch on a Wednesday. We ordered about 6 different dishes to share. The food came out quite quickly and every single bite was absolutely delicious. The homemade prawn...dumplings were full of flavour and were the standout. Would go back for sure. Customer service was also outstanding. Super friendly and attentive.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback! We're thrilled you enjoyed your lunch with us and found every bite delicious, especially the prawn dumplings. We appreciate your kind words about our service and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absurd. Again. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Years and years we’ve gone here. Nothing changes, except the menu items, which are still brilliant. This is an outstanding experience for us, every single time, without fail. A winner !

Date of visit: March 2024
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your continued support and kind words! We're thrilled to consistently provide you with an outstanding experience. Looking forward to many more visits with you!

Reviewed 11 March 2024 via mobile

Family dinner, we got a table outside which was fairly hot in the sun but a great view. We got a high table and had a high chair for our baby. We probably should have booked as it was a busy Friday night but we...managed to get a table anyway. A few drinks, entre, and mains for 2 was just over $100 which I think was pretty cheap as the food was great! We had the chicken wings for entre, baurger and bao buns for mains. Everything was great! Recommend this placeMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback and recommendation! We're glad you enjoyed your family dinner with us, despite the busy Friday night. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 28 January 2024 via mobile

We visited for lunch. The restaurant is in a lovely location however it is just an extremely overpriced sushi restaurant. The sashimi was not fresh and chewy and looked like it had been cut with a steak knife. Kids bento boxes were made with salmon...and the batter was extremely oily. Chicken burger was a small portion and again very oily. Even the rice wasn’t cooked and came our crunchy. Unfortunately wish we didn’t visit for lunch and definitely will not be returning as the food was disgusting.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 10 January 2024

Very surprised! Forster doesn’t have a great choice of better dining venues and as long term owners of a holiday property in the pacific palms area it is difficult to name any venues in the last few years worthy of a great rating. After the...loss of Isla Riva (which was fantastic), Hamiltons in its infancy (which was good) there’s not been much to write about. However we were pleasantly surprised with our recent dining experience at The Spice Monkey. The food was fresh and spicy, the staff were pleasant and the service excellent. So well done management, keep the food fresh and inspired and reward the staff for good work and the restaurant will get return patrons including us and our guests!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback and kind words! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at The Spice Monkey. We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you and your guests back again soon!

Reviewed 2 January 2024

I have eaten at this place before and although a little pricey. The food is great. We happened to go there during peak season, so some leeway was given. They put us next to the window with no form of cover from the sun as...they did not have shades on that part of the window. We asked if they had another table and they were more than happy to move us away from the window. Which I thought was very reasonable during busy times. The 35 min wait (and that only after my wife asked) to take our order was a bit much I thought seeing that when we got there only 4 or 5 other tables were occupied. Again the food was good veggie spring rolls and Tempura prawns. We also got the crab and pork fried rice which we thought was a little overpriced for what it was. The service was not the best, again busy times but we did see a few staff standing around talking, this time could have been spent tending to customers. Having visited the US several times maybe they need to introduce the ‘tip’ system over here as well. The service in US restaurants is impeccable. Due to the fact they need to tend to customers to get that good tip. After all they are in the customer service business. All in all food good service not so much. And seeing we are in Forster every other weekend and eat out everytime we are there. This may not be at the top of our places to eat.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 September 2023 via mobile

Nice fresh food and beautiful cocktails. So t rate it as the best in Forster as per rankings on trip advisor. Find it pretty pricey for what you get.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2023

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our fresh food and found our cocktails beautiful. We take pride in crafting delicious dishes and drinks for our guests. Regarding the pricing, we understand that...More

Reviewed 8 August 2023

Had a light lunch here. Initial staff attitude was abrupt when we sat down after reading the sign at the front door saying to sit anywhere. The sign was bit cryptic as it may only be for specific hours. Food was spicy and exciting to...try. Nice view of water.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2023

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We appreciate your visit and your candid comments. We apologize for any confusion you experienced with our seating arrangements and the sign at the front door. We understand that clarity is essential for a positive dining experience,...More

Reviewed 31 July 2023 via mobile

Casual coastal eatery, but you’ll struggle to find better Asian fusion anywhere large metro. Interesting blended menu, lovely staff, good service and a thoughtful wine list. Crab wontons fantastic, as was sushi/sashimi, pork belly boa. Everything coming out of the kitchen looked great.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2023

Thank you so much for your fantastic feedback! We're delighted to hear that you had such a positive experience here at Spice. We appreciate your kind words about our lovely staff and their good service. The compliments on our crab wontons, sushi/sashimi, and pork belly...More

Reviewed 23 July 2023

We’ve been to this restaurant many times before and always found it excellent, but this week we were very disappointed with the quality of the food. Everything tastes as though it was plastered with sweet chilli sauce straight out of the bottle. The usual array...of flavours just wasn’t there.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2023

We sincerely apologize for the disappointing experience you had during your recent visit to Spice. We truly value your continued patronage and deeply regret that we fell short of your expectations this time. Your feedback regarding the excessive use of sweet chili sauce has been...More

Reviewed 22 July 2023

This is a restaurant with excellent positioning adding to the ambience, offering a wonderful Japanese fusion experience, professional and friendly service all with reasonable pricing. I had a most enjoyable dining experience. Recommended. 👍🍻More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2023

Thank you very much for your kind feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a positive experience at Spice Monkey. We take pride in our restaurant's positioning and ambience, and it's wonderful that you found it excellent. Providing a memorable Asian fusion dining...More

Reviewed 8 June 2023

The food and service here was excellent, we opted for one of the banquet meals and has more than enough food, every dish that was presented was excellent in our opinion. I also had Tiger beer on tap which went very well with the fodd....Will be going back for sure.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2023

Thank you so much for your kind words! We're delighted to hear that you had an excellent experience with both the food and service during your visit. It's wonderful to know that our banquet meal exceeded your expectations, and we appreciate your positive feedback on...More

Reviewed 2 June 2023 via mobile

We went to the Spice Monkey for lunch to celebrate my birthday. We had been sent a $25 voucher. We were placed at a table next to the window overlooking the beautiful Wallis Lake. The staff were very welcoming and friendly as well as efficient....We ordered a pint of the Monkey Magic house beer which was really nice. For lunch we ordered three dishes from the Small Bites menu. We ordered the 6 pieces of Tempura Prawns with dipping sauce which was brilliant. We also shared the Takoyaki Dumplings which are deep fried octopus which tasted amazing. Finally, and probably the best of all we had the Sach Ko Chor which was a Cambodian style Wagu beef skewers with pork ladies and yellow curry. We really live dining at Spice Monkey as the food is always special and tastes terrific.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2023

Hi Anita, Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us. We are so glad to hear you had an awesome lunch and we are absolutely thrilled that you find our food delicious. Thanks for sharing your fantastic lunch experience. We hope to see you again...More

Reviewed 3 April 2023

It's been a while since our last visit but the food was better than ever - and that's saying something! The sashimi, steamed dumplings and stir fried pork and calamari were all just wonderful! Only downside is the 10% service charge on a Sunday, together...with a 1.5% surcharge for paying with a credit card.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Tina A, Other at Spice Monkey, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2023

Thank you for taking the time to visit us again and for sharing your feedback with us. We're thrilled to hear that you found our sashimi, steamed dumplings, and stir-fried pork and calamari to be wonderful during your recent visit. We appreciate your feedback regarding...More

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Fizza_13
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Spice Monkey allow dogs or any 4 legged friends on leashes in the outdoor seating area.
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Spice Monkey allow dogs or any 4 legged friends on leashes in the outdoor seating area.
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Hi stevensdi, Happy Hour at Spice Monkey is from 4 pm – 6 pm Everyday. Yes, we do good Mojitos, cocktails and tap beers.
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Yes, Spice Monkey offers takeaway services.

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Spice Monkey is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4