Cookie is a large place which is obviously popular. Unlike lots of Melbourne's rated eateries it's not too cramped although we were seated in a little corner but it didn't feel too claustrophobic. We had a lovely waitress who was very enthusiastic and friendly if a little frantic. She recommended cocktails for those who wished to indulge and her choices were good. She advised me to try a "Life on Mars" which was blueberry based. Not quite sure why she'd associate me with Mars; perhaps it's my angry face or the fact that I appear to be from another planet?
Birthday girl had an absinthe based one which disappeared quite quickly so must have been good. I think I had a taste actually and it was good - fruity if I remember correctly.
We all ordered some main dishes and tucked into them family style. There was red lamb curry and the lamb was very tender, chicken and corn dumplings in a green curry and the dumplings were more like meatballs but also tasty, some pad thai, a chicken and chilli stir fry and some other noodles along with rice. Definitely more than enough food for us all especially as the curries were quite thick and rich and the flavours strong so we got full quite quickly. Went from starving hungry to full and ready to pop in what seemed like a matter of minutes!
Slightly disappointed that we weren't allowed to pack up leftovers. Although the food was tasty it wasn't mindblowingly so and not particularly memorable. Given that it had been hyped up through different recommendations, I think we thought it would be better. I guess that's what happens when expectations are set at high levels. Anyway I would return if someone suggested it but I guess I probably wouldn't return of my own accord. I think I'd like to try Longrain instead.