The summer issue

Our summer-packed January issue is out now - featuring our guide to summer rieslings, strawberries and seafood recipes, as well as a look at the best of Bali.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller for just $6 an issue - offer ends 29th January, 2017.

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

95
Monster
Modern Australian
  • Hotel Hotel, 25 Edinburgh Ave,
    acton,
    Canberra, ACT
  • (02) 6287 6287,
    www.hotel-hotel.com.au
  • Open 7am-midnight daily

Monster
-35.284929,149.122531

Were it to have featured on Grand Designs, Hotel Hotel might have had some false starts. Ultimately, though, the team would have returned to declare the slightly chaotic rhomboid tables and fireside couches that define its lobby restaurant, Monster, a triumph. This is unquestionably one of the most out-there dining rooms to have appeared in the capital in years. Chef Sean McConnell has joined the many local artisans contributing to the property's boldness. His determinedly contemporary menu ranges from great snacks (a yabby jaffle, no less) through to finer plates such as lamb shoulder rich with the scent of spice, balanced with labne. It goes well with Brussels sprouts roasted to a caramel hue, dressed with lardons and crumbly brioche. Enthusiastic staff dispense drinks from the intelligent list with verve. It's open early, it's open late, it's here for a bite or a banquet - this monster is going to be massive.


You might also like:

Albert Street Food & Wine

Philippa Sibley may have left the building, but Albert St F...

Aravina Estate

The family-friendly nature of Aravina explains the terracot...

At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $5-$18

    M $17-$29

    D $14-$18

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Breakfast
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Sean McConnell

MOST VIEWED IN OUR RESTAURANT GUIDE

Smolt

Hobart, TAS
Smolt manages to be most things to many people. With its welcoming, mid-century-modern in...

Lebrina

Hobart, TAS
A mainstay of the Hobart culinary experience, Lebrina offers a unique kind of quiet comfo...

Restaurant Amuse

East Perth, WA
The setting might be suburban, but the outlook at Restaurant Amuse remains global. Few Pe...

Stillwater

Launceston, TAS
Bearings count at Stillwater, nearly two decades old and with a venerability that matches...

Attica

Melbourne, VIC
One of Ben Shewry's great strengths is his ability to transform the potentially hokey int...

Aubergine

Griffith, ACT
The grey-whiskered Ben Willis could pass for a maturing, but certainly not jaded, rock st...

Porteno

Sydney, NSW
Get the skirt steak. Sure, the fire-licked pork and lamb offerings from the asado pit are...

Stokehouse Q

Brisbane, QLD
Stokehouse is the best of both worlds. Its river frontage and glam seafood and meats make...
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×