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5.2 /6 Excellent 327 Reviews

Cookie

Melbourne CBD Thai $$ +100
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About Cookie

One of Melbourne’s hippest drinking and dining destinations, Cookie has been making a name for itself in the heart of the city. Featuring an extensive menu of Thai specialities in sizes small, medium and large, Cookie offers something to suit just about any diner, no matter whether they’re visiting primarily for drinks or if they’re simply looking to chow down on a feast of incredible Southeast Asian cuisine. Situated on Swanston Street between Little Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street right in the heart of the CBD, Cookie is a must-visit dining destination.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 03:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 03:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 03:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 03:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 03:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 03:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 03:00
Cookie, Swanston Street 252, 3000 Melbourne

Further Information

Exquisite Thai cuisine meets Melbourne’s finest cocktails at Cookie, a dining establishment that’s leading the charge in the city’s culinary scene. Found on the first level of Curtin House on Swanston Street in the CBD, Cookie has cemented itself as a trailblazer with its innovative drinks and unique Asian dishes. Choose from a wide range of craft beers and fine wines, or order one of Cookie’s signature cocktails – try the Phoenix made with Chivas, Bowmore, Aperol, yellow Chartreuse, fresh lemon juice and bitters for a delicious fruity drink.

At Cookie in Melbourne’s CBD, you’ll choose from small, medium or large dishes, all of which are made fresh to order with ripe seasonal produce and authentic imported ingredients. Perfect for sampling and sharing, the restaurant’s small dishes offer you the chance to mix and match from options like taro dumplings with chilli soy, the smashed tofu, tomato and peanut lettuce cup, the pickled cabbage omelette and the steamed mussels with ginger, lemongrass, coriander and kaffir lime. Of course, you could just dive right into medium-sized dishes like the Chinese broccoli and salted fish, or large options like the sticky lamb shoulder with green peppercorns and kaffir lime and the BBQ king prawns with green chilli sauce. No matter the choice, you’re certain to be impressed – book your experience at this in advance to guarantee a table.

CHEF'S CHOICE

327 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 327 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: average
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 13:03

never had a bad meal there. service is excellent and the food is full of flavour and very filling. The dry pork belly curry is fantastic

1 review so far 6
10.02.2017 09:54

Great service. Food was delicious. Drinks menu is huge. Also thought the prices were reasonable and as I always say service trumps food every time. We will be back.

1 review so far 6
03.02.2017 17:41

Awesome place. The food is spectacular and the service is brilliant. But I'd have to say the pre dinner drinks are always special with the awesome selection of beer on tap. You need to see it.

1 review so far 6
02.02.2017 13:32

Cookie still has it. Heaps of it. We had a fabulous evening there, great food and excellent staff. Couldn't have been better! Thanks Cookie, keep up the good work.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2016 04:42

This was my first time at Cookie but my partner has been here a few times in the past and I honestly thought he was exagerating when he told me how good the food was and how nice the staff were. Well he wasn't! And I lost a bet hahaha! The atmosphere was incredible despite the fact the power cut off for 2 minutes during our meal, the waitress we had offered us a free drink each for the trouble but we declined. After an incredible meal, 3 small dishes, 2 medium and 2 large, a lot of cider and fast service I will definitely be coming back here Also, our bill was only just over $100 for all of that plus our drinks and we drank a lot. I'll be back!

1 review so far 6
10.10.2016 08:37

This is the place that is iconicly and the epitome of all things Melbourne. It's hip, it's eclectic, it's funky, with cool professional staff and a great mix of food from different cuisines, and a fantastic selection of drinks from local or international sources. The food is excellent, amongst a sea of patrons and vibe that cannot be matched anywhere else. This is the place u wanna go to impress friends visiting from overseas and want to experience Melbourne cuisine, or a date to show how cool u are. Rooftop bar is always the best around, whether u go beforehand or after dinner. There's no wonder why any cool young Melbournian would know Cookie. Oh, and I only rated the noise to be 3/5 because it's a happening atmosphere!

1 review so far 6
08.12.2016 18:43

Booked at Cookie as had been once before and loved it. I love the authenticity of the Thai food. No bottled ginger here, real slices of ginger. Yum. We were joined by friends who had recently returned to Melbourne after quite a few years in Qld. I had two small meals (entrees). Thai sausage and a refreshing tomato, cucumber and coriander salad. We had a two hour booking but that was plenty of time to enjoy the food and the company. Next time I'm trying the beef brisket.

1 review so far 5
06.05.2016 20:46

We love Cookie, it is quirky, food is wonderful (including plenty of choices for vegetarians) and we love the history of Curtin House, the old Communist Party HQ and an SP betting shop. View from the little balconies over Swanston Street and the tops of the Plane trees has a great Melbourne feel. Friday lunch was busy and quite noisy. We had requested a table near the windows but our assigned table was at the other end - OK though. Staff were busy but always obliging and very friendly and helpful. Our friends who had not been there previously, said that they really enjoyed it.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 08:03

We have been to Cookie several times - the first time the real deal breaker was the extensive wine list - it was amazing! Then we ordered the food - it was delicious and well presented. The staff were friendly and helpful and really knew their menu and wine list. It has become a favourite place for our family to meet up for lunch on a weekend as we are spread over Melbourne and it is central for us all.

1 review so far 6
22.09.2016 14:21

I have been to Cookie on a number of occasions and this was by far the best experience. The food and the service were both excellent . I would highly recommend Cookie to anyone looking for a city restaurant that takes bookings and serves great food from an extensive menu.

1 review so far 6
19.07.2016 14:58

The meal was beautiful, everyone was happy with the generosity of the meal sizes, the quality of the food and the customer service experience. I have never had a bad experience at Cookie, and was very happy that everyone who came today enjoyed the meal as much as I always have. The waitress did a particularly great job. She did a brilliant job- thanks again.

1 review so far 6
20.01.2017 23:26

I've lost count of the number of times I've eaten at Cookie. It is an absolute favourite and staple in our Melbourne eat list. Fantastic and explosive flavours to delight the palate and lovely, knowledgeable service. As for drinks? There is something special for everyone. The funky, period loft style and energetic vibe keeps us coming back and back and back ..

2 reviews so far 6
03.12.2016 18:51

The food is a mixture of insane creativity and originality, I absolutely love the diversity in the food you get. Instead of a big bowl of the same, you get different dishes that makes the whole experience fantastic. There's never a dull moment and you just can't wait to taste the next dish. The service is obviously a top priority as I have never seen this level of keeping tabs on guests. Never for a second are you sitting with the feeling "ok, now I would really like to order a new cocktail". Everything runs like clockwork. The bustling atmosphere gives you the feeling of being in the centre of Melbourne. You feel like you are where the magic happens.

1 review so far 4
30.07.2016 21:58

Good was great but service left a lot to be desired. Our questions about the menu weren't able to be answered, and despite the restaurant being at the start of service (and nowhere near capacity) it was difficult to get the attention of staff to even order drinks. With a plethora of restaurants which can prepare food of a similar quality to that of Cookie, I think perhaps we might try somewhere else next time simply to have a greater overall dining experience.

1 review so far 6
30.05.2016 22:04

This was my 3rd time to Cookie. We're from Newcastle, NSW and do a yearly trip to Melbourne. We always make time for Cookie. Food, amazing. Cocktails, amazing. Service, 10/10. Atmosphere, perfect. Not one complaint.

1 review so far 6
22.12.2016 21:00

It was so easy to book a table at Cookie. I received a text message to confirm, and was able to change the time to an earlier time on the same day. Fantastic service, friendly staff, and delicious food. Lots of choices of beverages and food for all budgets. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 08:52

Funky and lively atmosphere with delicious food and drink, and very helpful staff. Went on a Friday night for my husbands birthday and was impressed by the service of our waitress, and the promptness of our food coming out and most importantly the unique taste of each dish was superb. We had the scallops, drunken prawns, prawn firecrackers, and chicken rendang - will definitely try these again (especially the drunken prawns). The cocktails we had were choc zombie (pretty strong) and monkey paw, and highly recommend the monkey paw yum! Looking forward to heading back for more.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 17:57

We really enjoyed our visit to Cookie. Despite a mix up (my fault) with us arriving more than an hour early the staff found us a table within 30 minutes on a busy night. We love the spicy food and the great selection of local and imported beers

1 review so far 5
08.07.2016 20:28

been here before twice but it has become a real favourite. Excellent choice of beers and wide range of wines. The food is gorgeous, beautiful tastes and just the right amount of heat from the chilli (we ordered it medium which for us was pretty good, enough to heat your senses but not so much that it overpowered the flavours). The stuffed calamari was excellent as was the betel leaf cocktail. The suggestions from the waitress were spot on about the amount to order and particular dishes to try. The service was excellent as well. Lively atmosphere so it's not quiet but very very enjoyable. Well worth a visit and a repeat visit.

1 review so far 4
07.08.2016 10:50

It was unfortunate that the pork meat in the pork belly dry curry was bad (inedible in fact) because the flavours were amazing, and the rest of our meals (stuffed banana chilli, side green veges with pickled chilli, duck jungle curry) were absolutely fantastic. Couldn't fault them. If it wasn't for the bad meat I would have rated Cookie 10-10. Lovely atmosphere, beautiful flavours. Will definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
17.10.2016 21:15

Cookie is my go-to restaurant in the city for any occasion - I always know the food will be amazing and anyone I bring along sings their praises. The spritzers are a great way to kick off dinner and the wine list is extensive. Enjoy!

1 review so far 6
17.09.2016 13:52

I had been recommended Cookie from a few friends and it did not disappoint! Service was excellent and the food was amazing - we had 2 small plates and 1 main between 2 of us and it was more than enough. Would definitely go again!!

1 review so far 5
19.10.2016 07:06

We really enjoyed our lunch at Cookie. As always the service was great, the food was wonderful – fresh and tasty. The atmosphere is always relaxing and it's easy to get to. Thanks again Cookie!

1 review so far 5
26.01.2017 07:25

I have had the pleasure of visiting Melbourne eight times now (chch, NZ is home). Cookie is always on the list of places we come to dine and have a few drinks. Service is pleasant and efficient, the food is amazing and the atmosphere always bubbly. Always recommending to friends and colleagues.

2 reviews so far 6
01.02.2017 21:59

You just cannot pick a bad meal from this menu. So many great options that if you are a regular, you can be assured that if you pick your 1 favourite and few new ones, you'll always be well fed. Massive kudos go to the wait staff who are more than happy to give you a sample of a few different wonderful ales to help your decision about the ones you'd most like to enjoy with dinner. I come to Melbourne for this place!

1 review so far 6
11.10.2016 10:35

The food was delicious, service fantastic and expresso martinis perfect. I would have no hesitation recommending Cookie. Always good to go with a few friends or family and share a few dishes between you. The pork and lamb should were brilliant.

1 review so far 6
01.12.2016 09:56

All of the waiting staff were friendly, attentive and helpful without hovering around the table. We enjoyed the food immensely and a combination of two small, two medium and two large dishes was perfect for 5 people to share. Desserts were also delicious! We really enjoyed the bustling atmosphere too and where we were seated meant we got to be a part of that, but also talk to each other without yelling. A great night!!

1 review so far 5
22.11.2016 15:50

Food was excellent ....certainly did not disappoint. Restaurant was buzzing however, staff were willing to discuss menu and offer assistance. They were handling a medical emergency last night but continued to look after their patrons. We love Cookie and think you do it really well.

1 review so far 6
12.08.2016 13:12

Cookie has to be my favourite restaurant is Australia! The food is amazing! Love the feed me menu... And the cocktails are Devine. The staff are friendly and service is great. Can't wait to go back!

1 review so far 6
12.09.2016 12:55

Great service and Yum-o food 😊😊. I highly recommend the Enlightenment cocktail, mussels and pork belly. Definitely try a dessert as well, if you're feeling adventurous - which should be if you are dining at Cookie!!!

1 review so far 6
28.09.2016 13:57

Quality food, great service and an awesome vibe. First time we have been back to Cookie for a couple of years and we definitely will not be leaving it that long to be back again.

1 review so far 6
05.10.2016 09:55

Loved the food, the vibe and excellent service. We had the banquet with food suggestions from the staff which were spot on. A great night out and a wonderful place to meet friends. Thanks Cookie!

1 review so far 6
24.08.2016 18:54

My "old School Friends and I had the VERY BEST TIME at COOKIE! The Staff / Team were amazing, a glitch was "sorted with a COMPLIMENTARY DRINK ANSD DESSERT! I am really annoyed that I did not get the Team Member/s names. We had an awesome night, as I have previously on numerous occasions, however , my FRIENDS will also be back too. A BIG THANKYOU!!!!!!

1 review so far 6
01.01.2017 01:09

We went for NYE and we were so happy we chose to go to Cookie! We got great food and service! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a unique restaurant in Melbourne

1 review so far 6
29.08.2016 09:42

outstanding service in the midst of what was a completely packed bar and restaurant. Staff were super friendly, food was A++, cocktails were great too - also little smoking balconies <3 If I didn't live in Sydney I'd come here weekly. P.S - I picked noisy but it's not a bad thing... I liked the noise but this rating systems makes it look like I didn't.

1 review so far 4
11.07.2016 07:24

As always the menu and beer and wine list are superb - literally something for everyone. The service was attentive, our water glasses were regularly refilled without prompting, the food came promptly and was well cooked, and our bill came quickly once asked for at the end of the meal. The atmosphere was relaxed yet buzzy for a Sunday night. The only disappointment was that one of our party had to wait well over half an hour for a mocktail, and therefore was drinking it post the meal. Without this, I would have rated the experience more highly.

1 review so far 5
09.05.2016 11:40

I haven't been to Cookie for a few years... & I still love it - such a great vibe! Great menu, beer list, wine list etc. The food wasn't as amazing as I remember it, but still really good.

1 review so far 5
19.07.2016 22:23

This was my first time at Cookie & service was good. The food popped with flavour & was most enjoyable. As more people came in, it got really noisy as the music volume increased which was the only downside.

1 review so far 5
18.07.2016 09:31

Our first visit to Cookie will not be our last. What a great place to dine both for the amazing food and cool atmosphere. Wait staff were helpful, friendly and efficient. Food was generous and delicious. Loved it!

1 review so far 6
05.08.2016 08:05

Cookie was great, food was delicious and service was excellent! We had 9 people and everyone absolutely loved the food and vibe of the restaurant. I will definitely be going back.

1 review so far 2
10.09.2016 09:15

Cookie is normally immaculate. But unfortunately we were sat in a corner out of view and forgotten about. Almost an hour from being seated to getting drinks. The food was great as always. Perhaps need to work on service in busy times. It wouldn't have mattered so much, except I had my parents visiting and really wanted to show them a Melbourne classic. Lesson learned? Maybe avoid Friday/Saturday night or perhaps always get a bottle of wine at the bar first before being seated. Still highly recommended, I'll be back...but when it's quiet.

3 reviews so far 6
23.08.2016 21:32

Amazing food and excellent service! We have never been disappointed with Cookie and will return again. This time, we brought friends who had never been there before and they loved it!

1 review so far 6
25.06.2016 10:24

Fantastic, service was great, food was great and atmosphere was great!!! We got the Beetle leafs, duck salad and beef ribs and all meals were full of flavor and complemented each other well.. The host was fantastic too we asked for a fruity wine and she came back with two options and her selection skills were awesome .. The wine was fab!

1 review so far 6
06.12.2016 15:42

Cookie met all our expectations as recommended by family members. Fantastic extremely tasty food. We have travelled extensively throughout Asia & Thailand, and have never had better food. Very highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
02.07.2016 17:50

Cookie has it all. There is a rooftop bar for before you beat and a dance floor for after. The service and the food never disappoint and I always go back!

2 reviews so far 4
18.06.2016 18:25

The food and atmosphere are good. Service was a bit hit and miss but good overall. The food is nice but I can get just as good at my local Thai for half the price. Cookie and Red Spice Road are very similar, from my experience.

1 review so far 6
07.05.2016 07:15

Always great food at Cookie. The five spice chicken is a flash version of KFC and the scallop entrée was awesome. And they have the best beer list in town!

2 reviews so far 6
30.10.2016 19:24

Always amazingly good food. Service is quick and drinks are tasty. I would recommend the D-day sprits. We always take our friends visiting Melbourne to Cookie because its always reliable.

1 review so far 6
01.06.2016 09:15

Cookie is always a fantastic experience. Incredibly good food, great choice of beers, and very knowledgeable and helpful staff who are happy to help navigate the food and drink choices.

1 review so far 5
30.07.2016 17:20

The food, service and ambiance at Cookie never fail to live up to standards. Stopped by for a late lunch and drinks, all the food was absolutely delicious and the wait staff extremely helpful and attentive.