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.

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

Reviews (48)

First Review by Kittybiscuit

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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Friendly service, great vegan food. - Edit

We arrived in time for brunch, and despite a slight mix up with our order, everything was delicious. The service was very friendly and down to earth. Keep up the good work!

Pros: brilliant brunch menu, friendly service, nice venue

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Bustling and fully vegan - Edit

I went here as I've heard the hype and I was not disappointed! Delicious food and excellent coffee. I took advantage of the house made cashew milk for a mocha and I have to say that it was the best mocha I can ever recall having. The biggest issue here was working out what to have off of the well sized menu!

Pros: variety of choice, great atmosphere

Cons: service can be slower than expected

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One of the best vegan places in Melbourne - Edit

There's a really good atmosphere and heaps of options (e.g. you can choose from a bunch of nut milks, cashew milk coffee is really good...). The desserts are also really good, some of the mains are kind of average/underwhelming but it's still really good.

Pros: Atmosphere , Options , Food

Cons: maybe not quite as good as you'd be led to believe

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Delicious Vegan Food - Edit

Love this place. The second meal I had here was better than the first. The cocktails are good too. Great setting and atmosphere. Love the design. Awesome. Love it!!!!

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Supremely Average - Edit

This restaurant's reputation precedes itself, and I was looking forward to experiencing some vegan 'fine dining'. My companions and I ordered the white truffle pate, 'blood sausage', tortilla salad, tortilla bean soup and leek and kale bake. Everything on the menu sounds delicious, and clearly much time and energy has been spent making each item sound ravishing. If only such time and energy had been spent constructing the actual dishes themselves, perhaps one would not leave this venue feeling like they'd been ripped off.

The truffle pate - which is plentiful - tasted kind of like a creamy, salty nothingness. The bread provided is enough for the first few scrapings, and each subsequent serving of bread (a couple of tiny slices) costs an extra $2. Their signature dish - the 'blood pudding' - also tastes of very little except salt (my dining companions suggested that it tasted like white rice, or maybe bread crumbs, salted and dyed with beetroot juice). The tortilla salad seemed promising - a deep-fried tortilla stuffed with mounds of TVP and bean mix, topped with a creamy coriander cashew paste and a slice of lime - until one dug below the surface to discover most of the tortilla stuffed with almost half an iceberg lettuce (I mean, is TVP really that expensive that you need such filler?!). The soup was a very basic bean soup with a tiny garnish of avocado, cashew cream and four slices of radish (really not cool to describe a *garnish* as the actual meal). The soggy strips of tortilla add a sort of DIY cheapness to the dish.

The only really delicious item on the menu was the Leek and Kale Bake. Despite not being a fan of kale, I loved this dish: creamy, cheesy, tasty. The tiny dish it arrived in was less than half full - no problem, as it's quite rich - but my companions and I were horrified to discover that, once the mound of 'garlic bread crumbs' had been excavated, this $16 dish comprised less than one centimetre of actual casserole (I mean we're not talking smoked salmon or caviar here!!). It was as though the kitchen had a couple of tablespoons remaining, spread it on the base of the dish, and filled the rest with bread crumbs to give the appearance of a full serve. Bottles of water are not provided (possibly due to the tight space), but rather diners are expected to rely on the small glasses being refilled by waitstaff. I had to ask four or five times for water (it was a hot night) by waiters standing around doing nothing in a half-filled venue.

Updated from previous review on 2015-10-05

Pros: Great concept, cool name, yummy cashew cream

Cons: Lots of cheap filler, overpriced, mostly bland, uninspired, over-salted dishes

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Need new management - Edit

The worst management attitude ever. Table of 7, ordered a large selection of dishes with a drink each.
Arrived the time of the main courses, we ordered a bottle of wine (until then no problem..), after pouring a small glass to everybody, i attend to order another bottle to be told after 20 mins that i couldn't get it. (without explanations).
I asked to see the manager, who after 15 mins, told me that as we were drunk, she was refusing to serve us.
Maybe somebody need to explain her properly the rules of 'responsible Service of Alcohol'.
Needless to say We won't be back and already enjoying tell all our friends and social media contact to avoid such an establishment.
We still left a good tip to the service staff who were awesome.
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME

Pros: Food

Cons: Mangement

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Dinner Winner - Edit

This place is an absolute must! We got the chicken burger which was so convincing and reminiscent of KFC. The poutine was just incredible, the gravy alone was perfection let alone on chips with cheese.

We should have left it there for the mains but the menu said you must order the Mac and cheese, and so we did. It was meh, big serving but nothing exciting.

Cocktails were fantastic and if you don't mind a creamy beverage you must try the peanut butter cup, it was perfection

Gotta get the cheesecake and pumpkin pie, both classics and done exactly as they should be - the taste and texture was all there

A great night, highly recommended and will certainly be back for breakfast

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most convincing chicken burger ever! - Edit

I went not too long ago and had the mock chicken burger. The texture was so convincing! But it tasted amazing!!! Really cool place and great staff

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vegan and junky - Edit

If you tend to associate vegan with healthy, this place sets-out to prove you wrong. Vegan food can indeed be super-junky. I ordered the "ribs" and the canadian chips . The chips arrived drowned in gravy. Poor soggy things! As for the fake meats, you don't really know what goes into them. I only know that by the end I was feeling seedy. Somebody at my table got the type of reaction she only gets after ingesting msg. Fortunately they kept refilling our jug of water. After eating so much salt you find yourself continuously reaching for it.

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ANAZING - Edit

So, so good. I love a place where I can order anything at all and know it's 100% vegan! So great that they are willing to alter ingredients to cater for my lack of spice-love. Great food and service. Make sure you book well in advance.

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superb vegan food - Edit

Oh how I wish I had one in Hobart! Fantastic to be able to order anything on the menu and not worry about cruelty! The food I had was fabulous, tasty and friendly staff, go there!!

Pros: all vegan, great options, tasty

Cons: none

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A little over-hyped - Edit

It's good, but not as good as all the hype I've heard.

I wouldn't tell you not to go, I'd just say to bring your expectations down a little.

Hint: the desserts are the best part. Maybe just skip to that right away :)

Pros: All vegan, Amazing desserts

Cons: Main courses are only decent, not great

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Vegan

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OmNoMnOm - Edit

Mexican Hash & Breakfast Burrito are delicious. Service is fast with a smile.

Pros: Great Service, Menu Options, Breakfast until 3pm

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Sunday all day breakfast - Edit

Amazing food. I had the big breakfast and it was delicious. Lots of atmosphere. Very popular place to eat, it was packed.

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Great venue. .so much to look at :) - Edit

The bullet coffee is better than any dessert you'll have!! It's made with coconut oil and coconut butter if my memory serves me!

We shared the potato hash and the choc torte both were delicious but small, although I was full leaving..so no complaints really.

Such a cool place to hang out, they have a great bar. I'll be back for to sample some cocktails:)

Pros: All vegan

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Standard is slipping - Edit

After around 4 visits to Smith and Daughters I feel this establishment is not delivering the same standard of tasty fare it became famous for.

On the positive side,the smokey Champinones al Ajillo are exceptional. However, there are several dishes on the menu which unfortunately miss the mark. On the last visit, my boyfriend and I tried different dishes to those previously enjoyed and were quite disappointed in the quality over all.

The cocktails are some of Melbourne's best, but on the pricey side.

The service is mostly upbeat and excellent.

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