Monster Kitchen & Bar is located in the stunning Hotel Hotel complex. The restaurant is spacious, with several dining areas. It has a funky atmosphere and is perfect to grab a quick bite to eat before a movie at nearby Palace cinemas.
There are quirky decorations throughout the restaurant that add a nice touch. It started out moderately busy during our weekend lunch time visit, and the restaurant quickly filled up during our lunch.
The menu is designed to share, with plenty of smaller bar options alongside some more substantial dishes.
Boxgum Grazing beef tartare
The beef for the tartare is sourced from Boxgum Grazing, a family owned farming business, located near Young, that specialises in producing 100% grass fed beef.
The tartare is served along with miso cured egg yolk, avocado and horseradish, which was mixed in together and eaten with the crisp black rice crackers.
The carrots are roasted with a harissa flavouring and absolutely delicious. The almonds add a nice crunch to the dish, and the pearl couscous makes it quite filling.
A nostalgic dish made with a twist - the good old jaffle definitely reminds me of primary school days. Monster Kitchen & Bar's version has a decadant yabby filling, with horseradish and crème fraiche.
The Lost River pork belly with boudin noir, pear and hazelnut did not hit the mark as much. Whilst the pork belly itself was nicely cooked with crisp crackling on top, I wasn't a huge fan of the boudin noir (aka blood sausage) and it felt like there was way too much of it to be enjoyable.
Unfortunately, the service had also slowed down dramatically at this point and I actually had to follow up with the wait staff as it was taking ages to come out. It also took forever to get the attention of passing waitstaff to order dessert.
Blood orange, yoghurt, pistachio, rose and meringue
This fruity and fragrant dessert was the perfect way to end the meal. Blood orange sorbet is served atop pistachio crumble, shards of meringue and rose petals.
Despite the haphazard service, I still enjoyed the meal thoroughly and would definitely come back for a drink and a bite to eat. Bookings didn't seem to be necessary during lunchtime, but are recommended for dinner.