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Cookie - Fri, 12th Dec 2008
Lvl 1, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne
Ph: 03 9663 7660
Prices: Small dishes $8-$18, Medium dishes $15-25, Large dishes $18-40
Style: Cosmopolitan Thai
18th Mar 2018

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Review by Dave
Lunch on the run

At night, Cookie is one of those young, hip, happening places that makes me feel old. The food's great, but with dance music thumping away in the same room, I have a tenancy to sit grumpily waiting for my ear drums to burst so that I may have a moment's peace.

Now that that rather grumpy-old-man paragraph is out of the way, I can safely say that at lunch time, it's a completely different story. The same fantastic food, great international beers on tap, an interesting wine list and convenient location make it a must-do when you're hungry in the city.

The food is decidedly Thai, so be careful if you're scared of chillies, but there are plenty of not-so-hot options if required. That said, even the really hot dishes retain wonderful depth of flavour, and aren't overpowered by the heat.

Things tend to get a bit hectic at peak times, and they're a little understaffed, so service tends to slip a bit. (Think Blue Train but with good food!) As long as you're prepared to DIY a little here and there, the quality of the food will get you over the service hiccups. And if you're one of those hip, young people I mentioned earlier, you're probably over it already.

A great spot for lunch, and if you don't mind the noise, dinner too. Well worth a visit next time you're shopping in the city.

We ate:
- Betel leaf salad with smoked fish, chicken and roasted coconut
- Duck jungle curry with eggplant and bamboo shoots
- Squid stuffed with minced pork, lime leaf with hot and sour sauce
- Drunken prawns with garlic, coriander and Mekong whiskey

We drank:
Leffe Blonde, on tap


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