Smith & Daughters

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175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Victoria, 3066

Vegan restaurant housed in an old pub and former Latin restaurant and maintains a Latin American theme and menu. Opened Mar 2014. Uses nut-based cheeses and offers an extensive alcoholic beverage list. A bit crowded tables and a high step to the toilets. Gets busy so best to book ahead for night time dining. Open Tue-Thu 6:00pm-10:00pm, Fri 6:00pm-10:30pm, Sat 10:00am-10:30pm, Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Mexican, Latin American, Colombian

64 Reviews

First Review by Kittybiscuit

Repeat customer! - Edit

We were only in Melbourne for 2 nights but we stopped here for breakfast having previously eaten takeout from Smith and Deli....ended up having dinner here too as we loved it so much! Lovely chilled and friendly space, innovative menu and every dish a winner. Book ahead if you want a private table but communal dining can be a lot of fun too. Lots of Smith and Daughters merchandise on sale too from recipe books to tote bags and t shirts. Extensive bar menu for the drinkers amongst us!

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very hip, great buzz, all vegan - Edit

This is the tattoo, hip, cool cocktails end of veganism. Good and interesting Latin American food, good bar, everything vegan. Very cool vibe. If this is what you are after (and i am) then I highly recommend. I ate here alone on a work trip and it's cool to sit at bar alone and eat.

Pros: all vegan, super cool

Cons: not kid friendly (nor should it be as a cool bar)

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Never Disappoints - Edit

Fresh creative NoMs and Cocktails always seasonal. Good vibes...

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Felt like we were right back in Europe! - Edit

Went with the Feast Me, loved everything, except the nacho chips were super hard. Great atmosphere and very creative flavours!

Pros: Taste, Creativity

Cons: Our service was slow and not personal.

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Fabulous - Edit

Great food, great service and lots of gluten free options! Had a great meal here and our server was really lovely :)
I thought it was really good value for money! My partner and I did a $45 ‘feast me’ option including dessert and we were very full!

Pros: lots of gluten free options , good mix of ‘fresh’ options and comfort food, delicious sauces/seasonings

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Just awesome - Edit

I have been here several times and never had a bad meal (both lunch & dinner) I highly recommend Smith & Daughters to anyone and everyone that has a love for Mexican food.

Pros: Mexican Food 🥙🌮🌯, Cold Beer 🍺, 100% Vegan 🍄 🌱

Cons: haven’t come across any.

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a-Mazing - Edit

We absolutely love S&D. We’ve bought their cookbook but nothing compares to the girls cooking.

Make sure you get to Smith & Deli in Moor Street too.

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Best vegan food in Melbourne - Edit

I'll make this short and sweet - S&D is a must do in Melbourne, their chef Shannon is a genius and her food is not to be missed. If I could give higher than 5 stars I would.

Pros: Best vegan food in Melbourne, beautiful decor, yummy cocktails

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Amazing - Edit

The food here is exactly what I wish vegan food was like everywhere: creative; flavourful and not something you see in a science experiment :) definitely coming back next time I’m in town

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Outstanding brunch! - Edit

Everything is vegan... We had the 'divorced eggs', doughnuts and gazpacho all of which were incredibly delicious. The Spanish pressed sanwich was good but not as impressive as the other items. We also had the corn flan with burnt jalapeño toffee and candied jalapeño popcorn which was incredible. The layer of toffee on top of the flan cracked delightfully and the jalapeño flavour was subtle (so I could happily eat it as a person who isn't super tough when it comes to spicy food).
I am looking forward to coming back!

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Smith&Daughter - Edit

Well what can i add that hasnt been already said, the food was very creatively presented, taste was a dream had a Mexican/Spanish theme. Service was excellent, we were treated royally maybe something to do with my partner. Place was buzzing, great feeling.
Got the Happy Cow sticker. Recommend you head to this great vegan place. Give your review.

Pros: 100% plant based, Excellent food, Great atmosphere

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Best vegan food ever - Edit

Im South American and grew up eating this food as a child but ever since going vegan, I've missed out on all my mums home cooking.
Eating at Smith and Daughters brought tears to my eyes because all the food reminds me of my childhood. Highly recommend! Every dish is absolutely perfect.

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Expensive, few tables but food was fairly nice - Edit

Make sure you book a table and be prepared for a cramped restaurant and expensive food. But...

The food was really nice and our waitress was quite helpful with suggestions on what (and how) to order the food. The menu is a little confusing... or, at least, it was when we went which was a while ago now.

I particularly remember the donuts we had for dessert and a salad which had a house-made feta. All the food was delicious. Was it worth the high price? No. For that price I expect higher quality food and also a nicer restaurant itself. In my opinion, you can't charge someone an expensive meal and then seat them on a stool. I get that it's very "hipster" but it's also uncomfortable and cheap.

But, again, the food WAS nice. Maybe not fantastic but it was all vegan. So swings and roundabouts.

Pros: Fairly nice food, All vegan

Cons: Expensive, Cramped, dingy restaurant

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Awesome place! - Edit

Went here for dinner one night, the service was really good and friendly and the place had such a good atmosphere. We got the fritta and chips which was bomb!!! And the cheesy eggplant which I wasn't the hugest fan of but all in all really good :) great place to take omnis!

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my(and my family) favorite place in melburene - Edit

Came here a lot on my trip. Food is incredibly tasty and the staff are very friendly

Pros: everything

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Vegan Heaven - Edit

Amazing!
Friendly staff, great vibe, cozy space with cool decor and DELICIOUS food!

Pros: completely vegan menu!

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birthday dinner winner - Edit

Smiths and daughters make vegan food worth raving over, I love eating there, from the ambience to the service and the mind blowing food it's great experience. It's hard to find someone who doesn't recommend this place.

Pros: everything

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Very cool vegetarian place - Edit

As soon as we arrived at Smith & Daughters we realised that it was the place where the cool people hang out. We did our best to fit in...
We are glad that we booked ahead of time, it was getting pretty busy and it was only quite early. We were really hungry when we arrived and ended up ordering some quite heavy dishes, not our usual selection of balanced food - our eyes were bigger than bellies.
We ordered the fried artichoke, garlic mushrooms, chickpea soup and hot chips (yes, quite a lot for 2 people). The food was brought out very efficiently and the staff were accommodating.
The food was good and we were definitely full afterwards. There were a few dishes on the menu that looked like they were vegan versions of meat dishes (which I am not into), so this would be the place to take meat eaters who don't think veg food can be tasty. Overall a nice experience.

Pros: Efficient staff, Great for non-veg people, It's cool

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Eat Vegan - Edit

Smith and Daughters is an upmarket vegan restaurant in the heart of Melbourne with a regularly changing menu.

It's the best place to take a whole bunch of people and I fully back the banquet option. It means you get a little taste of EVERYTHING.

I guess you could consider it tapas style. It's the kind of food you share, eat a lot of and enjoy every bite.

Pros: All vegan, can accommodate large groups, great drinks

Cons: On the more expensive side of the scale but absolu

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Back to great Spanish food - Edit

June 2017 - S&D have a new winter menu and it's fantastic! I ordered the cod fritters which were delicious, my partner ordered the tortilla which was really creamy - Spanish omelettes look like little cheese or quiche wedges. We shared the baked eggplant dish which was SOOOO good! It's really warming and creamy and is topped with lovely breadcrumbs. For dessert my partner ordered the new hazelnut hot chocolate which tastes like Ferror Rocher, the greatest hot chocolate I ever tasted. My chai latte was good but probably too spice heavy for my liking. Came back for dinner a few nights later and had the Seafood Stew which is so delightful (yeah prawns are back!) and so warming on a cold night. My partner got the lentil and baked chevre which was very nicely flavoured. We shared some chips which were really perfect. My Dad ordered the chickpea soup and cheesy eggplant bake and enjoyed both immensely. Topped of the night with more of the delicious hazelnut hot chocolate, served with almond milk.

Sept 2016 - Came for brunch more recently (see photos for pic of menu) and ordered the corn fritters and bread and butter pudding. I was keen to try to Froot Loop Waffles but it seems they have moved on from that menu. Corn Fritters were deep fried and delicious with some aioli. Bread and butter pudding was really sweet and lovely with cinnamon and spices. Overall great meal, although the serving sizes are a little small.

May 2016 - The new menu is more focused on junk food and recreating some Melbourne favourites that used to be served at now-defunct restaurants. There are still a few good original things too, though. With the new menu I came here for dinner and tried the Southern Fried Chicken Waffles which were fantastic, definitely hit the spot for sweet and salty goodness.

2015 - I first visited Smith & Daughters the restaurant had a Spanish theme and the vegan prawns were heavenly!

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-19

Pros: All vegan, Delicious, New winter ,menu

Cons: None

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Amazing food and drinks - Edit

Super lovely staff helped us pick the right amount of tapas for the 2 of us. So many delicious things to try! My favourite was the blood sausage empanadas. Also, a whole list of great cocktails! We will definitely be coming back here until we've tried every single thing on the menu.

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Love the fully vegan concept - Edit

The idea of this place is great. This is a very cool dining experience, with cosy interiors and a big communal table to sit around. I enjoyed the fried 'fish' bites with a smear of pesto, but the eggplant bake lacked flavour and texture...it was a bit like eating a dish of slimy bechamel. For the price, you would expect the dishes to be very well put together, flavoursome, and 100% made on site. We paid about $58 for 2 beers and 2 very small tapas plates.

Pros: Vegan alcohol, Tapas concept is different

Cons: Overpriced

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Incredible vegan dining experience - Edit

Oh boy how to even describe our dinner here... First of all, service is amazing. Staff are very attentive, friendly, and accomodating. The food!!!! We ordered the tuna stuffed peppers for entrée. One friend told us she didn't like tuna, but thought this would be ok because of course vegan tuna wouldn't be like the real thing... Man was she wrong! The tuna flavour and texture was so realistic it was almost alarming! The non-tuna lover couldn't finish hers, which meant more for the rest of us hehe...
Mains were just as amazing. We ordered the eggplant bake, the lentils, and the seafood stew. The eggplant bake was so rich and delicious. The béchamel sauce was one of the best I've ever had. The seafood stew had squid, prawns and fish. The fish in particular was amazing. Tender, and filled with flavour- and a very 'fishy' texture.
I've been vegan for over 3 years, and eating at S&D made me remember flavours and textures I'd practically forgotten. One of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Thank you!!!!!!

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, good value

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Good for brunch - Edit

Three of us booked for brunch and booking was a good idea on a Saturday - a very busy place.
We ordered four dishes to share but found that although they were all very good they all came with toast - which was a bit too much toast ! Maybe they should make that clear on the menu.

Pros: All vegan with a good range

Cons: Gets very busy

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?? - Edit

Awesome Mexican hot chocolate, great food and service. Fully vegan

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very good - Edit

great food, great service, nice place.

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LOVE Smith & Daughters ❤️ - Edit

Smith & Daughters is one of the best vegan eats in Melbourne. The menu is Mexican inspired but there is something for everyone on the menu. Make sure you order the mushrooms, they are to die for ? we also tried the prawns (bit too fishy tasting for me), the Brazilian slaw (amazing!), the paella fritters (10/10) and the noodle dish for 2 (a very large meal- you have been warned!).
The cocktails are also great and the service is perfect, there is always more than enough waiters happily to help you navigate the menu or have a friendly chat. I absolutely recommend this place although make sure you make a booking!

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