252 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000
Phone: (03) 9663 7660
Ambience: 6/10 (too dimly lit and too noisy to carry out conversations among diners)
Service: 6/10 (rude and aloof )
It was T’s birthday and she made a reservation at Cookie, a Thai fusion restaurant on Swanston Street, few weeks in advance so as to secure a seat of 4 on a Friday night. It is located within this multiplex of entertainment: pubs, bars and restaurants; kinda shabby looking on the exterior but there are many secrets held in there! Also, many bloggers, reporters, critics raved about how wonderful a place it is to dine in. Not to mention that it is one of the top 20 restaurants recommended on Urbanspoon.
When we arrived at Cookie 5 minutes before our reservation at 7.30, the place was already packed with diners and we were shown to a tiny table right next to the cashier. I could constantly feel that someone is looking over my shoulder throughout my dining experience, discomfort much! :( Anyway, we decided to order a few dishes to be shared among ourselves. First up, it was the deep fried shrimp cocktail with chilli & garlic mayo @ $17.50. The shrimps were crispy and juicy on the inside. However, the plate presented in front of us seem a tad too tacky and undermined the value of the dish.
Many bloggers recommended the following dish: egg net salad with minced chicken, cashews & spinach @ $22. I liked the look of this dish as the egg net is so adorable and cashews are yum! Overall, quite an interesting dish I must say, even though it was on the spicy side of thing.
Stir fried pork belly with red curry, kaffir lime & beans @ $24.50 is one of the ‘must’ try dishes too. The pork belly was tender and flavoursome with kaffir lime and beans. It was a great complement with the coconut rice we ordered.
Of course, the coconut rice @ $3.50 mentioned earlier. It was not as fragrant as it should be. :( On a side note, there was a scary painting of a girl on the wall behind, peering at us while we chomped down our dinner. Evil face, I reckon!
We were quite unsatisfied with the service of such a reputable restaurant, the waiters were aloof and did not pay attention to the needs of the customers. The food was pretty all right and T was happy with her selection which is paramount. =]