Monkey's Corner

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$41 to $100
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Asian
Monkey's Corner is a small bar proudly brought to you by the Poernomo bros. Housed in a corner heritage building on Kensington St Chippendale, it is an intimate 20-seater space offering inventive cocktails which are creatively paired with cheeky savory bites. Discover an extensive collection of expertly curated boutique rum, whiskey, gin, and Japanese selections.
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.1
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3.9
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3.6
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SueY
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I could see why people complained about their portion. They were overall quite small for the prices. However, the quality met the expectations and I'm a small eater so I didn't mind the portion at all.

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HannahZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

we received the worst service we ever received. We called one of their staff several times to make the order but are being ignored by them!
We’ve been allocated to a outside table and asked them whether we can change to a indoor one as it’s bit cold outside, the staff was reluctant to explain to us.
Overall their customer service was so poor, perhaps they are not concerning losing some of the clients as they are quite popular on the Internet. But the thing is, if they are not strive to deliver a good service to their customers which matches the price they charged on their food. They’ll eventually end up with nothing !

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awkseats
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing for my first time there. I really enjoyed their KOI Boba Dessert and l would implore others to give that dessert a go.

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Wendy
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Load music and chatting. Service was poor as they rushed us eating and kept forgetting to bring cutlery and glass to one of us, which made it abit awkward. Food was tasty though the price is extremely high

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food! Especially loved the noodles!

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YvonneT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience1

So far all good, only no good was seating outside too cold and windy. I 👻 online what ever always say inside not available 😔

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IrisMissWhale
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my go-to-bar in the city. Outstanding food, yummy cocktails and great services. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Really enjoyed the quality of the food at this place! An interesting Japanese fusion spot with some of the dishes tasting of Indian origin. Definitely a really good op if you’re not a gutso and enjoy savoring your meal. Dishes a quite small considering pricing however, the quality of the food makes up for it. Cocktails were also high quality.
A great place for a first date or to frequent.

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Clem
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Portions were very small, the cuisine was tasty, the place is nice and tidy, waiters are very professional. I am not sure I would come back for the food though, it was pricey considering the quality of the meals.

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reuel88
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Prestatyn alright food a bit expensive for the value. Will eat there again. But I don’t think I would crave going back.

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EdithL
London
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food taste good but would be better if they are warmer. Our dishes were just warm. Also, please add some veggies dishes if possible.

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huiz
London
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

poor service

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious!!! Omg the rice was cooked so well :) and I must the Boba tea dessert was very delicious! Will be back to try the rest of the menu

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dsloves2eat
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the ambience (outdoors), unique food however need more variety.

Good service and was enjoyable

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Unimpressed
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

2 out of the 3 dishes were good, however, not to the extent of being fantastic that I'd rave about it. Tables weren't exactly 1.5m apart and the fact that we weren't required to sign in for makes me wonder if Monkey's Corner is abiding by the regulations.

As many have indicated, waiters weren't friendly nor personable. In fact, one was rather condescending when I asked if the spicy trout belly tartare on rice was of the same size as the mains, he said: it is raw fish. Which part of my question indicated that I'm not aware tartare is a raw dish? I've eaten at lots of actual fancy places, and I've lived in many countries around the world, I do not need a snob in my presence. Monkey's Corner was our pick for a quick simple dinner.

And oh, we used Koi's toilet (we were told to head over there when we asked), and whilst waiting for my partner, one of the Poernomo brother's came down the stairs. I smiled at him and said hello as I would anyone on the street, he looked at me with an uppity snobbish expression and did not say a word. Your little brother appearing on Masterchef does not warrant 2 restaurants of such air of arrogance I'm sorry, do better the lot of you.

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MarisaG
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Food and service are outstanding. Every dish was a winner

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved! Met all my expectations!
Meals were small but filling, and also gave us the opportunity to share and try a variety. Great service too, highly recommended.

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Gabrielle
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! Small dishes but really really good! Loved the trout.

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Anngee
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Portion way too small, won't come back again. Indoor area so packed

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Jayy
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very tasty but small serving sizes and high price for the size. I understand they used expensive ingredients but not sure if it’s worth it.

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Raspberry
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very tasty, but the portion sizes versus price was way way way off, very pricey.

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JiawenC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food tastes absolutely nice but it is on the pricey side considering the portion of the food. Nice to visit if price is not an issue.

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SandraN
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Very dissatisfied. I booked weeks In advance and was seated outside, I would never opt to sit outside but apparently I selected that. I spoke to someone the day before and confirmed my booking and for them to write happy birthday ( when we ordered cake ), They said yes and when I came both was not done.
They did give us dessert for free due to the mixup. I expected better food quality. Although the waiter were nice, we were turned off by the empty promises and the truffle cheesecake was disgusting.
I will not recommend monkey corner and will be leaving a review online as well. I am a huge Masterchef fan and expected better.

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TanyaC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Every dish was perfection! Could not fault the cocktails either, perfectly balanced.
We did have a few waiters serve us and we asked one of them to bring us a cheesecake after he cleared our table. We waited 20-25mins and spoke to someone else to follow up and looks like he forgot to pass the message on. It was madness though so dont sweat it but thats just some feedback

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ChrissieM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome restaurant! Delicious food. Will go back. Recommended.

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Foodie
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful evening. However, another group that came after made so much noise that we could not have our little conversation.

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ChintiaW
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Hi, the foods taste pretty good, the size absolutely not worth with the price. The lady staff friendly but the other staffs not friendly at all, he even didn’t smile to customer or say excuse me or thank you. I think you need to train your staff to be more friendly to customer as well as the bartender. When the waiter clean the empty plate he makes to much noise.

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thejesschenggg
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was delicious, however portions were small considering the price of each dish. Service was average- seated on a table outside and the waiter did not come to check on our table to take our order and when we asked for the menu to later order the dessert, the waiter had turned around and forgotten to bring it to us for 20 mins. As this restaurant has an active presence, I asked to about some of the dishes and the waiter said he has "no idea" and "that item doesn't exist" even though it was a dish that was posted recently, his reasoning for not knowing being that he is new.

Overall though, their dishes are unique and definitely worth trying at least once especially during their truffle season.

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Cara
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to dine in for date night. It is also next to the brother restaurant Koi so we hop over there for take away dessert afterward.

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ChinthakaM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dishes. Truffle items are unbelievable. Must do.

JB
JazB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. It came out extremely fast and was very tasty.

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EmilyF
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service just didn’t appreciate the forced tip because we had no choice but to tip.

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Lianne
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, priced really well and very tasty. The Chilli crab egg noodle, Black Truffle Cheesecake and Koi Bobba is a must!

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Enrayu
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We ate the Ox tongue entre with the black truffle egg noodle and the wagyu beef bowl with egg and additional truffle with the boba dessert

The Entre was excellent as was the black truffle egg noodle but I feel that the truffle flavour was overpowered within the beef bowl and it may not be worth paying the extra money for that dish. I believe it is better as is.

The dessert was good though KOI is just next door so it may be better to pop in there for dessert.

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Hanch
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Overpriced, poor service, had high expectations but were not met.

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ValenciaF
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The place is a bit tiny and hard for us to move, the food is average but the price expensive.

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qwerty
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food overall was nice and flavoursome but it was cold to the touch when it arrived as well as the service is poor and rude.

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Deetas
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great food and excellent staff. Very cold as small space and doors are always opening and closing so dress warmly in winter.

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Indie
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were excited to lunch at Monkey's corner after hearing so much about their truffle menu. Portion sizes were disappointing and points to a wider culture in Australian dining where restaurants earn reputations based on celebrity endorsements and insta trends but ultimately lack the level of service or quality in their offering. I have had truffles in various countries all over the world and the ones served here were surprisingly lacking in their characteristic smell and taste (unusual for an otherwise strong flavored ingredient). So much so, I felt like perhaps the truffles had not been handled properly or worse were imitation truffles (if such a thing exists) ! Will not be recommending or returning.

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SelviL
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Too small portion too expensive. Not worthed for paying that much.

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Monkey's Corner is rated 4.1 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

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