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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 11:30 - 03:00
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 03:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 03:00
  • Thursday 11:30 - 03:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 03:00
  • Saturday 11:30 - 03:00
  • Sunday 11:30 - 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

657 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 657 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
Noise: average
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
15.10.2017 19:47

Amazing suggestions by the waiter who very obviously knew the menu very well. Food was exquisite, not a single item we got was a let down. The waiter was also very helpful in secretly organising a tiramisu with a candle for my partner's birthday. A fantastic surprise for him and an even more fabulous night at Cookie for the both of us.

3 reviews so far 6
13.10.2017 10:14

Friendly staff and great wine list. Plenty of beers on tap too.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2017 09:05

Loved the food,love the staff & delicious cocktails! Always enjoy sitting on the balcony overlooking Swanston st. Really fun staff & thanks for organising yes badges for us!

1 review so far 6
13.10.2017 07:53

Fantastic experience, the food was amazing, the service and bar staff excellent and the ambience was very cool. Both the menu and wine list are extensive, and informative!. This was our favourite night in Melbourne, How will we be able to eat out on the Sunshine Coast now? We have been spoilt.

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.

2 reviews 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 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 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
20.09.2017 00:11

Wonderful food as I have to expect from Cookie. Introduced a friend to the wonders of this wonderful place and they have a new fan! Staff looked after us beautifully. Highlight of the night was the long tall Bloody Mary 🤗❤️ Thanks Cookie!

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 ..