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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Our home in Melbourne

Roses to match the rosé
Baked scallops with pomelo salad and chilli oil
Drunken noodles with minced pork and green chillies 
Crispy fish salad with green mango and pickled crab 
Pear and avocado rice salad with fried egg and roasted chilli 

The long bar at Cookie
Street entrance to Curtin House
LOCATION: Cookie, 1st floor, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
CATEGORY: Thai food, cocktails
DRINK: Martini cocktail with chilli and elderflower, Martini cocktail with manuka honey and chilli, Scion Rutherglen 2010 rosé.
WE THINK: Our uncontested favourite in Melbourne, this bar/cafe/restaurant is so comfortable and easy to like that returning on a daily basis seemed in order during our week here. On this particular occasion, the emphasis was on food as much as beverage (on other occasions, strictly on the latter) and the food was very good. Favourites were the scallops, drunken noodles and the delicious wild mushroom salad (not pictured).
OUR TIP: Ask for extra chilli in the manuka honey and chilli martini and don't bother with the chilli and elderflower martini. Climb the stairs to the other floors of Curtin House (The Toff for more wine, the shops on the third floor for clothes and books and the Roof Top Cinema for open air movies, sangria and good burgers) and you'll quickly find yourself spending your entire day here. 

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