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Cheap eats Series 1 – Monster Kitchen and Bar

By 20 June 2014 13

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The opening of Hotel Hotel’s new bar restaurant, Monster Kitchen and Bar has been generating some buzz around town. I must admit that I had assumed that Monster would likely be a bit high on the $$ for cheap eats, as with many of Canberra’s newest hot spots, but I was pleasantly surprised.

For lunch I tried the Banh Mi, which is a spin on Vietnamese street food - essentially a Vietnamese bakery roll filled with deliciousness and at $12 it’s good value for money! Today the roll consisted of fried pork belly cubes, carrot, cucumber, mix herbs and a Japanese style mayonnaise all topped with a spicy chilli sauce.

Although it may sound like a bizarre combination, the varied ingredients complemented each other very well. The sweetness of the pork belly with the spice of the sriracha sauce gave the roll a really unique and pleasant taste. I added the  elderflower and cucumber soda, which was really refreshing and delicious!

I would recommend checking out Monster when you’re next in New Acton.

Monster Kitchen and Bar is at Hotel Hotel 25 Edinburgh Ave Canberra ACT

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13 Responses to Cheap eats Series 1 – Monster Kitchen and Bar
#1
pajs8:42 am, 20 Jun 14

What is ‘surucho’ sauce? Do you mean Sriracha?

#2
James McMahon10:51 am, 20 Jun 14

pajs said :

What is ‘surucho’ sauce? Do you mean Sriracha?

Thanks for bringing that to my attention, it was very noisy when it was being described to me, but yes the old favorite sauce for dumplings Sriracha.

#3
goody6581:41 pm, 20 Jun 14

How is $12 value for money, Now that the Banh Mi fad has well and truly taken off in Canberra we are starting to see silly Canberra prices.

Banh Mi in Sydney cost anywhere from $3.50 to $5.

The cheapest in ACT is 5.50 at curtain shops followed by East Meets West in the Hyperdome at $7 which used to be 6 before they caught on and raised the prices.

#4
pierce2:02 pm, 20 Jun 14

I’m very happy to see the banh mi taking off in Canberra but some of these places are just taking the p#ss.

Roll’d in the Canberra Centre serves a pale imitation (the bread isn’t quite right, they are stingy on the pate and only give one type of sliced meat).

Satis has a vego banh mi on their menu but don’t even use Saigon rolls.

My money still goes to the one near Coles in Gungahlin by a country mile.

#5
montana3:58 pm, 20 Jun 14

$12 for a Viet pork roll? hahaha

Saigon Fresh in Gunghalin (next to best and less) is very good for $6 but even they are now starting to skimp on the ingredients. sometimes you get very thin slices of pate, and the other meats.

There’s also a bakery in Fyshwick that sells them for $6. It is located next to Capital Kebab which is located across the road from BBQ’s galore. It is quite good, theirs is different because their pork is not a single thin strip but lots of small diced up pieces.

The other option is to go in to Asian groceries that are owned by people of Vietnamese heritage on Friday evenings around 5pm. They usually bring pork rolls in from sydney. I think you just have to add your own soi sauce as its generally not put in to keep it from going soggy on the trip back.
Gungahlin Asian grocery near Aldi carpark and Belconnen Asian grocery next to CanTho and also the grocery next to Regal restaurant are owned by Vietnamese.

#6
James McMahon4:13 pm, 20 Jun 14

montana said :

$12 for a Viet pork roll? hahaha

Saigon Fresh in Gunghalin (next to best and less) is very good for $6 but even they are now starting to skimp on the ingredients. sometimes you get very thin slices of pate, and the other meats.

There’s also a bakery in Fyshwick that sells them for $6. It is located next to Capital Kebab which is located across the road from BBQ’s galore. It is quite good, theirs is different because their pork is not a single thin strip but lots of small diced up pieces.

The other option is to go in to Asian groceries that are owned by people of Vietnamese heritage on Friday evenings around 5pm. They usually bring pork rolls in from sydney. I think you just have to add your own soi sauce as its generally not put in to keep it from going soggy on the trip back.
Gungahlin Asian grocery near Aldi carpark and Belconnen Asian grocery next to CanTho and also the grocery next to Regal restaurant are owned by Vietnamese.

For the setting it has great atmosphere and the taste and it fills you up $12 is good value to me.

#7
Mess4:49 pm, 20 Jun 14

Great Banh Mi can be found at iPho in the city, reasonable at $8. The Vietnamese bakery at the Fyshwick markets also does a good one, but I can’t remember the price of it off the top of my head.

#8
montana12:46 pm, 22 Jun 14

by the way the correct term for a pork roll is ‘banh mi thit’

not sure why people say ‘banh mi’, that just means bread.

#9
rosscoact2:37 pm, 22 Jun 14

montana said :

by the way the correct term for a pork roll is ‘banh mi thit’

not sure why people say ‘banh mi’, that just means bread.

Common usage for a meat filled roll is banh mi, which is why people say it.

#10
Kerryhemsley1:49 pm, 23 Jun 14

montana said :

$12 for a Viet pork roll? hahaha

Saigon Fresh in Gunghalin (next to best and less) is very good for $6 but even they are now starting to skimp on the ingredients. sometimes you get very thin slices of pate, and the other meats.

There’s also a bakery in Fyshwick that sells them for $6. It is located next to Capital Kebab which is located across the road from BBQ’s galore. It is quite good, theirs is different because their pork is not a single thin strip but lots of small diced up pieces.

The other option is to go in to Asian groceries that are owned by people of Vietnamese heritage on Friday evenings around 5pm. They usually bring pork rolls in from sydney. I think you just have to add your own soi sauce as its generally not put in to keep it from going soggy on the trip back.
Gungahlin Asian grocery near Aldi carpark and Belconnen Asian grocery next to CanTho and also the grocery next to Regal restaurant are owned by Vietnamese.

You can also buy a bottle of wine or a case of beer cheaper at the bottle shop,. So what. You choose your environment and pay accordingly. Your choice,

#11
montana2:44 pm, 23 Jun 14

Because Banh mi thit is for the everyman. It’s street food, it’s cross-culture. It’s not about separating people by class, by taste or by gourmet knowledge. That’s why I’m against banh mi for $12 … It’s about egalitarianism and accessibility. At that price, it’s against everything banh mi thit stands for.

#12
Kerryhemsley3:31 pm, 23 Jun 14

montana said :

Because Banh mi thit is for the everyman. It’s street food, it’s cross-culture. It’s not about separating people by class, by taste or by gourmet knowledge. That’s why I’m against banh mi for $12 … It’s about egalitarianism and accessibility. At that price, it’s against everything banh mi thit stands for.

Can’t tell if you are taking the p$@# or not? If not then that is seriously over the top.

#13
bigfeet4:53 pm, 23 Jun 14

montana said :

Because Banh mi thit is for the everyman. It’s street food, it’s cross-culture. It’s not about separating people by class, by taste or by gourmet knowledge. That’s why I’m against banh mi for $12 … It’s about egalitarianism and accessibility. At that price, it’s against everything banh mi thit stands for.

FFS it’s a sandwich.

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