Delicious things come in small servings
Posted on 03 / 26 / 2014
It doesn't seem to have taken this place long to become huge. It's no surprise, given that it's in a prime spot on Brunswick Street, but clearly a lot of thought (and money) has gone into the venture. It's exciting to have a new and interesting eatery that's completely vegan. The restaurant is located in an old bar with stone walls and an ornate shop front. This has been added to with simple modern pine fittings and renovations and this applies to tables, toilets and the lower walls of the dining area. There are little signature flourishes, such as the ampersand (&) on the stools (taken from the name), the black serviettes and the staff t-shirts. There is also a wall with eclectic/street art hung on it. The atmosphere is lively and vibrant and the place was absolutely packed on the Sunday evening we went and we ended up sitting at a communal table, so bookings are advised. The place is busy, so you will probably do some waiting and our order took 20-30 minutes to arrive. We started off with two mains to share: the Taco meal (three tacos selected from three varieties) and Chiles Rellenos (chargrilled peppers stuffed with chipotle cream cheese). The mushroom taco was absolutely delicious with savoury and fresh flavours that I found immaculate. The chorizo and potato variety was also nice and subtly tangy. The problem was that the serving size was very small for $14. This dish was on the 'Large Plates' menu but was more like a starter. The peppers were also tasty - battered and mildly spicy. Alas, after these two mains we were still hungry, which was a bit disappointing. Not in the mood for dessert, we ordered something from the 'Small Plate' menu: (three) Tuna and Green Pea Croquettas. These were satisfying, with a crispy outer and a creamy (perhaps slightly pasty) filling, which my non-vegan partner thought was sufficiently like tuna. Smith & Daughters scores points for culinary subtleties and attention to detail and it seems like this may be what you're paying for. Our bill came to $57 for the dishes mentioned above. Although the price of a main is only at the higher end of reasonable, the amount on your plate may leave you wanting.
Totally vegan, Interesting and creative food, Attention to detail
At least some dishes a bit pricy for the size