Tucked away on Evans Place, Monk & Me is a quirky Malaysian hawker-style restaurant decked out with lavish red walls, zen-like decor and a jazzy soundtrack playing the smoothest songs to match the mood. With lunchtime deals and special banqueting menus, Monk & Me is perfect for any occasion, whether it's a big group meal, an intimate dinner date or a business lunch, drawing in diners from all over Melbourne to their Hawthorn location.
Monk & Me is unlike any other Asian restaurant in Melbourne. Flying the flag for authentic hawker-style Malaysian cuisine, this Hawthorn restaurant offers food that comforts the body and soul. One of the few locations in town offering truly authentic Southeast Asian street food, this restaurant is hugely popular among locals looking to try something new as well as for emigres looking to enjoy a piece of home. Whether it’s for lunch, dinner or drinks, Monk & Me restaurant is certain to lure you away to another world.
From unique Asian cocktails to hearty main courses and decadent desserts, Monk & Me on Hawthorn’s Evans Place has all the bases covered when it comes to hawker-style Malaysian cuisine. Their menu is extensive, but we recommend beginning with some prawns in blues (deep-fried prawns curled with vermicelli and served with a chilli mayonnaise) before moving on to one of the enchanting chef specialties like the okra-wakra (pan-fried chicken and ham-wrapped okra served a black bean sauce). Spaces are limited at Melbourne’s famous Monk & Me, so be sure to book beforehand to avoid missing out!
Never have had a bad meal at Monk and Me. Good variety on menu and everything cooked to perfection. Staff also very efficient and lovely.
Delicious and authentic food, and very attentive and quick service. Great location near to the Rivoli theatre. A very enjoyable experience and we’ll definitely be back.
Family Friendly and relaxed restaurant with stellar food. We had a delicious experience ordering a banquet between the two of us. I have been here a few times now and will return again.
Food was great and service was good. Ambience was good too. I would definitely recommend it. It is quite unique. Will definitely go there again.
Great service. Food consistently excellent and reasonably priced. Three of us had the chef special 'duck laksa' which was delicious. Would highly recommend this. Staff always very helpful. On a previous visit one of us was worried about laksa being too spicy. Immediately the wautress brought us a small dish of the broth to try before ordering. Last night the wine that we wanted to order was not available. Another one was recommended by the waiter and a glass was brough over to sample. Great service that is often lacking in a busy , casual dining venue! This restaurant is a regular destination for us, and many others it appears, before and after a movie at the Rivoli.
The food is always excellent and served very promptly. The staff are polite and friendly and the tables are quickly cleaned. Our group of six who dine out each Wednesday evening have Monk & Me on our regular visit list.
We had a fantastic meal at Monk & Me last night... my mouth is watering just thinking about the food. Everything was delicious. Service was great plus it is BYO wine. We will definitely be going back!
The food was great as always and the staff pleasant and efficient once we were seated. We arrived at 6 for a 6.30 booking. The problem was that even though the staff and I could see my name on the reservation list. We were left standing in the entry for a good five minutes while other guests were trying to enter and staff were trying to move furniture past us. There was no explanation or apology. We then were told we had to be finished by 7pm. This has happened to us on a previous occasion but I didn't imagine it would happen again.
Very good food and service. We were there for lunch and the choices on the luncheon menu were excellent and good value as well. Will certainly go back for dinner and explore the full menu. Also I was there with my aunt who is on a walking frame, and her grandson (who was being difficult) and the staff were very helpful in moving tables to get my aunt comfortable, and patient with her grandson, which made the experience even easier.
Great place to go Have been here to Monk & Me many times and the food has always been fantastic and never had any issues with service. Highly Recommended