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Monster Kitchen & Bar

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at or
Published October 22nd 2014
Funky dining, a new monster in town

Sean McConnell has an impressive venture taking hotel dining to the next level in Hotel Hotel. Funky, cool and inviting. It's relaxed breakfast, laidback lunch and the evening bar and dinner restaurant, all at once.

We ventured en famille, and a little modification of the bar food allowed the kids to merrily enjoy the fabulous food, but the best experience would be to ditch the kids and grab some friends so you can make the most of the share plates. You can, of course, order sandwiches or individual dishes, so don't be put off if travelling solo.

The room itself is funky yet comfortable. There's a fire in one corner, and plenty of art to distract the eyes. The table setting includes thin mud plates and stylish water jugs and seasonings. You could go just for the ambience, but the food is definitely the bigger drawcard.

The kids went with an impressive plate of hand cut chips, and a pork belly bahn mi (but without pretty much everything on it, except the pork).

Our teen joined in with the share plates, so we got to sample three. The flavours are strong and different, so the more the better in my book!

We started with the Boxgum grazing beef kibbeh nayeh, a type of spiced raw meat, served with pickles, harissa and flatbread. It was so tasty our young teen eagerly ate it all up, even after we told him it was raw. Unfortunately it was so appealing we dug straight in and I forgot to take the photo so all I can share is the last remnants. You'll need to try it for yourself to see how delightful the presentation is.

We followed that with the pick of the menu, in my opinion. The pulled lamb shoulder with crisp vine leaves, yoghurt, pomegranate, brik and pistachios. Again, the sensational aroma prompted immediate feasting, and this dish was voted the favourite by the three of us, including the teen.

Last up was the 38 hour pork neck bao with cucumber and kimchi. A spicy burger style roll, with a Asian dumpling dough, rather than a bun.

We washed it all down with organic soft drinks and craft beers, but there is an extensive wine and cider list too.

We made a booking for lunch, though there were plenty of walk ins, just after we arrived. If you don't want to wait for a table, reservations would be advisable, as it did fill up pretty quickly for a Monday lunchtime.

We spent much of the drive back to Sydney discussing our enjoyment of the meal, and how it was the perfect spot for pre-cinema drinks or dinner.

Monster Kitchen & Bar is the spot for all occasions, and worth a couple of visits to work your way through the very tempting menu.

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Why? Fabulous food in funky diner
When: 6.30 AM to 1AM
Phone: 02 6287 6287
Where: 25 Edinburgh Ave,New Acton
Cost: Varies but reasonable (and worth it!)
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I've made a note of this restaurant if we ever get to Canberra - it sounds wonderful !!
by bodya (score: 1|12) 2086 days ago
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