SURPRISE VEGAN: SMITH & DAUGHTERS

With a menu that boasts green pea and tuna croquettes, egg and potato tortilla slice, cheese and chorizo you’d assume Smith & Daughters wasn’t a vegan friendly venue.

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Well, then you’d be very wrong.

Smith & Daughters is the newest vegan kid to Brunswick street serving Latin American inspired dishes. So that means it’s fake tuna croquettes, vegan cheese and fake prawns in the paella. There’s also a huge, neon VEGAN sign at the back of the restaurant that kinda gives it away (unless you’re a friend of mine who, very hungover, couldn’t understand why her bacon tasted a little different…)

SmithandDaughtersBut don’t let the ‘vegan-ness’ put you off. The restaurant uses local, organic and obviously animal friendly products. Plus it’s super tasty.

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Enough building pictures. Time for drinks. The Jamaican Spiced Wine came recommended by my hungover friend.

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A little more brandy heavy than your average mulled wine the spices were delightfully warming. Not keen on mulled wine? Their cocktail list is pretty impressive and there’s a long list of wine, beer and spirits as well as juices if you’re not so alcohol-inclined.

Our visit coincided with the launch of their new menu which is based around building platters of food from the many small and large plates on offer. Being a little overwhelmed by the many choices we started with the cheddar and jalapeno dip with tortilla chips.

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It looked like cheese and NEARLY tasted like cheese. I was a little disappointed in the lack of ‘tanginess’ in the cheese as it was overpowered by the jalapeno but I still managed to nearly finish the bowl on my own.

Here’s a chip’n’cheese closeup.

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For mains we both ordered the Tacos Con Ensalada – a giant tortilla bowl filled with guacamole, cashew cheese, red rice, black beans, corn, cabbage, chorizo, more jalapenos and lettuce. This was my favourite dish and one I would order again. The flavours were smoky and spicy without that ‘fake meat’ aftertaste.

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Is there anything better than being able to eat your serving utensils? Plus it saves on washing up. I’m planning on creating tortilla bowls at home – if you know a good recipe/trick please let me know!

While some of the items on the menu are a little on the pricey side I was pleasantly surprised we’d only spent $84 in total on two Jamaican Spiced Wines, a shared starter and a main each. Not too bad for a night out.

We skipped dessert for a short walk to Gelato Messina as it’s never too cold for gelato.

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Two scoops of my favourite flavours: Coconut Pandan and ‘Run Run As Fast As You Can’ (peanut butter gelato with gingerbread biscuits). I could eat them forever.

If you’re planning a visit to Smith & Daughters I’d recommend booking ahead. They’re still uber popular at the moment so you’ll struggle to find a table as a walk-in. But it’s well worth the effort! You’re more likely to get a table if you stop by for brunch on a weekend – I recommend the brunch burrito with cashew cheese. Very yummy.

Smith & Daughters
175 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy
www.smithanddaughters.com

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4 comments

  1. Smith and Daughters is great, plus their house red is CHEAPER than the Labour next door – skip the pre drinks and head straight there. I shared the paella and it was *delish*.

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