One of the classic 'cool' bars in Melbourne never fails to disappoint.
Cookie beer hall, eating house and disco is a flamboyant venue full of chatter and laughter that serves up classic Thai dishes and innovative cocktails. While the main bar and restaurant is rambunctious with noise — laughter, clashing cutlery and clinking glassware — the secretive back bar is mellow and conducive to a late night liaison any night of the week.
The small dishes include a tom yum going soup with prawns, mushrooms and lemongrass chilli while vegetarians can enjoy sweet potatoes with coconut cigars, orange and chilli sauce or garlic and chive dumplings.
The medium plates feature fried snapper with bok choy, tamarind and crispy shallots as well as a crispy fish salad with green papaya, peanut and found dry shrimp.
For something larger try the deep friend five spice chicken with sweet chilli sauce and home-made pickles or the seafood platter of snapper, calamari, mussels and king prawns in a red curry.
There's something to please everyone on the drinks menu here (it's more appropriately described as an encyclopaedia volume), whether it be beer, wine or cocktails. This makes Cookie ideal for those occasions when you're unsure of your company's tastes.
The seasonal cocktails include the 'D for Dangerous', a mix of Rittenhouse Rye, Hennesy and Yellow Chartreuse, designed to kick start the night in style. The wine list is huge and there'll be help to guide you through it. Being one of those must-see venues for Melbourne tourists, it's unlikely you'll run into any regular mates here — unless of course they're on sneaky dates, too.
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