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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

516 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 516 Reviews
Noise: average
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
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6 reviews so far 6
19.06.2017 14:14

As usual, Cookie continues to be its usual fabulous self... the ambiance and food continue to be great and a wonderful place to take a group of people for a great night out.

2 reviews so far 6
19.06.2017 10:25

Great food, great staff, great service. Every time i come to Cookie I'm never disappointed. The staff behind the bar were very helpful when deciding from the massive menu of drinks. This is also seen when deciding food off the menu - great recommendations!

2 reviews so far 6
17.06.2017 21:35

Amazing food, staff are wonderful and service is quick, everything on the menu is great so don't be afraid to try something new! Cocktails are to die for

1 review so far 6
16.06.2017 10:15

Service is exceptional. Food is delicious. Never a dull moment in that dining hall! I go back time and time again and the service does not waver. 10/10

3 reviews so far 3
21.04.2017 12:04

Sadly this visit to Cookie was a real let down. I have lost count of the number of times we have been to this restaurant and the number of friends and family members we've introduced to it. Never in 13 years have I had a disappointing experience here, but unfortunately, this was the day. Despite booking weeks in advance and requesting a secluded spot, we were automatically shown to the table right near the door. When I asked politely if there was another option, the maître d seemed put out and snooty and made a comment about us needing to be out by 8:00PM - which was our original booking slot. Disappointingly, they no longer have Leffe Blonde on tap and another beer by Leffe that was on the menu and ordered could then not be supplied. We were also charged for this on the bill and had to ask for a correction, given if it was $3.00 more than the beer that was eventually supplied. My husband loved his usual - the fish curry - and the cashew nut, tomato and cucumber salad was delicious and fresh. My drunken noodle favourite with minced pork and green chillis however, was scant on noodles and had huge chunks of egg throughout, so it really wasn't the normal perfectly balanced dish I know and love. After years of having the same loyal professional and amazing staff at Cookie, the last 6 times we've been, I haven't seen any of those wonderful people who made our experiences so special and went over and above to elevate the food and drink to a whole other level. It's such a shame. This one sorry episode won't in all likelihood keep us away, but it will push us to find some other favourites in the city and ones that value their loyal clientele.

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
26.02.2017 19:46

Great venue for a Sunday lunch. Not so busy when we went, which was perfect. I booked online but there would have been no wait anyway. Our group of 4 had the ground beef with chilli and basil, green curry with chicken dumplings, pad thai, green papaya salad, and ox tongue. All very flavoursome and tasty! Great range of drinks as well. Service was a tad slow but fine if you are in no rush. The food came out pretty quickly. It has been years since I visited Cookie last and it is great to see that it is still a quality restaurant!

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
20.05.2017 09:20

The staff, service and food were honestly the best I've ever experienced. We had a reservation for my girlfriends birthday. We were late by about an hour because of traffic and the staff were so helpful! Made sure we got a table, made sure we got served, and took the time to explain what the dishes were and how to eat them. Despite us being late, and them being EXTREMELY BUSY. And I'm talking so busy it was hard just to walk around because there were that it was hard to walk around. - lots of people. Above all that, they also went a step further and helped me make my girlfriends birthday feel special. Floor manager nick was the bees knees too! He made sure we were looked after and had a seat. Definitely coming back! To eat my way through their menu! Delicious. Perfect and very professional staff. Would highly recommend

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 4
03.03.2017 21:49

Food was excellent, table service was great but to get the best bottled beer you still need to go to the bar. I ordered from the menu, waited 10 minutes (yes I checked the time) and then finally saw the lazy ass barman emerge from the back room, serve a friend of his and finally 15 minutes later (that's a quarter of an hour) finally arrogantly tell me "sorry we don't have that". Cookies bar staff are THE WORST in Melbourne by far and I can vouch for that having gone there since it opened. Not sure if I could gave it again with such drop kicks behind the bar

1 review so far 3
18.05.2017 07:30

Food was delicious, and table service excellent. However, our experience at the Bar was a different story. Every wine we selected from the wine list the abrasive bartender, Davey, said was "shit", and offered no reason or advice, except to say "nah, that's shit". I suspect because we chose the cheaper wine, and Davey was upselling, but we were amazed at just how rude the guy was. When we asked why Cookie had such bad wines on the list that the bartender did not want to serve them, he said because "some people don't care (that they are shit)" and pointed at us. Wow! I think it's Davey who doesn't care. About his employer. About the customers. About his job. For the price of the food and drinks, I expect a lot more class from the staff.

1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 12:31

This was our first time at Cookie, the atmosphere was great, we were served by Elliot and let me say the rating of a "six" is a reflection of his service. His helpfulness was greatly appreciated and his recommendations were on point, I really enjoyed my meal. Overall it was a great experience, the food is delicious, the service is great! I'll definitely be coming back.

1 review so far 5
15.03.2017 10:49

Been a few times before for lunch - this was a first for dinner... Great location/space, on-the-ball staff, delish high-flavour modern Asian menu, impressive drinks lists (sep for cocktails, wines and beers). BUT, the funky, well-chosen soundtrack to the eating experience, was so LOUD, the waiting staff would have to be experts at lip reading just to take an order. I realise Saturday nights are right for partying, but social dining at volume 11 while trying not to have your sense of taste thrown out of whack is a challenge. Also, with everything bathed in a dim red light, it's really hard to see and fully appreciate the beautifully prepared dishes. The evening chefs must have a little cry about this! So our iPhone torches came in handy for ordering and checking out what we were eating. Our tummies were happy, but our ears were ringing. Take note management – you lost a point for that.

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.

3 reviews 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 ..

1 review so far 6
12.04.2017 21:02

Cookie has the most fantastic atmosphere and the best Thai food around. It is vibrant and busy but you feel relaxed. A great place to go out with friends or just with one other person. The staff are friendly and very efficient. Getting a drink at the bar can take awhile depending on how busy they are. A great night out!

3 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 5
03.01.2017 12:05

Between two we got a small medium and large plate. Wish we got a small and 2 medium. Large was really big, good for 3-4 people. Scallops are fab and duck is amazing ! Flavors are delicious. Atmosphere is great, buzzing ! Would definitely go back. Menu is filled with gorgeous dishes. Waitress was very helpful and friendly. Cookie is hard to find, its in "The Curtin House" on first floor.

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.

2 reviews so far 5
07.04.2017 08:42

Great staff, even better food and the cocktails are to die for. Bit noisy and expensive otherwise, top knotch. But considering you're in the centre of Melbourne, prices pretty reasonable especially since you're getting a decent serve as opposed to the gob-on-a-plate you get at the more pretentious establishments around town. Thoroughly recommended. Cookie and comedy in Melbourne, nothing better.

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 5
05.06.2017 17:18

Cookie is consistently great in the food it serves. Our waitperson went to great lengths organising a mini wine tasting to ensure the perfect match to our meal. My dining guest is a vegetarian who loved the choices on offer. The Taro dumplings are delicious(and sauce​ spicy) as was the Tofu. A great and dependable choice....

2 reviews so far 3
20.05.2017 07:53

I love Cookie,. I go a lot. But it can be noisy and busy. Yet usually the high quality of the service makes up for this. Not this time. They had 2 staff working a packed floor. We were in a back corner and we had to flag down someone by almost standing and shouting for everything, menus, water, ordering, the cheque. They were sorry about it, we could see they were doing their best, but the managers need to put on adequate staff for buy periods. Very disappointing. The food was great.

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
17.09.2016 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 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!

3 reviews so far 6
27.05.2017 08:16

Always always always the best place to eat tasty Asian food in an urban setting. Been coming to cookie for the fabulous curries & pad Thai & amayyyzaaang chilli basket! :))) The service are top notch, food are as tasty as what it supposed to be. The ambiance are so cool and the music is what I usually have on my iTunes. It's my second home!!! And don't get me started on the awesome selections of wine... mmm yummm... this is definitely heaven in Melbourne for me haha

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 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 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!

2 reviews so far 6
19.02.2017 09:28

Food is always amazing! Cookie never fails to impress. Whenever we have interstate visitors we will take them to Cookie. The roast duck salad is to die for!

1 review so far 6
16.05.2017 11:42

Some of the best food available in Melbourne. Cookie has never failed to disappoint. Just make sure you have enough time to go through the menus. The Drinks menu consists of 3 LARGE books and the food menu alone is huge.

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
26.01.2017 07:33

Had a great night @ Cookie with friends from Toowoomba. Fantastic food menu and a wine list to make a grown man weak at the knees. Most definitely be back again. Service from staff was first class as well.

5 reviews so far 6
06.03.2017 10:06

Great service, amazing food and awesome atmosphere as always. I have been to Cookie a number of times now with all different groups of friends and not once have I been able to fault it. Thank you again!!

1 review so far 6
03.04.2017 14:11

The food was amazing, we had a set menu that had lots of variety. The staff that looked after us were really friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I'd go back here again! I've posted the noise below as a yellow for noisy but this was not a bad noise! It was better to be loud and vibrant, it suits the style of the restaurant, if it had of been quiet it would have been bad.

1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 17:42

Great service, yummy food and good location. Cookie once again delivers a great of vegan dishes, a reason why we always come back! Thanks Cookie!

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
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 4
01.04.2017 12:48

Food was great. Was disappointed on arrival to be put in the cheap seats i.e. nearest the toilets, despite being there at 6pm for the first sitting with plenty of better empty tables around us. Booking was made 2-3 weeks prior also so wasn't like we were last minute and at the bottom of the booking sheet/table floor plan. Sense it may have had something to do with having 4 kids in tow. Service was ok but nothing to write home about. Lots of kool aid flowing with the service team. Some were good and some just appeared like the whole "work' thing was a bit of an inconvenience.

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!