Set on the ground floor of Ovolo Nishi, Monster Kitchen and Bar has become one of Canberra’s hottest dining destinations. With an emphasis on local and seasonal produce, the menu is designed to be shared and includes sophisticated dishes such as spring bay mussels with fennel, nduja and prosecco or twice-cooked duck breast with carrot and pickled cherries. The wine list too aims to push the boundaries with a mix of lesser-known local and global drops. If you’re more of a cocktail person, the classics are all here, along with a constantly rotating selection of cocktails influenced by seasonal fruits and bespoke spirit blends. With an industrial fit-out, modern fireplace and hidden nooks, you’ll find creativity and curiosities at just about every turn.