You all know that both me and Sandra are vegetarians, right? On that second brunch date we had about a year ago she might have accidentally ordered a bacon breakfast burrito. Imagine her surprise when it came out and it had bacon on it. But hey, she never ate it. Anyway. Because of this we both get a little bit excited when we hear about new vegetarian and vegan places, and as soon as Smith & Daughters opened on Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street, we knew we had to try it out. Not just that, the head chef Shannon Martinez used to be head chef at Sweet Water Inn, which is one our absolute favourite watering holes.
Smith & Daughters is a restaurant with a soul, and it’s obvious from the moment you step in there. Actually, even before that. The sign on the window looks hand painted (and is beautiful!) and it just continues like in the crammed artwork wall, or what can only be custom-built tables. It makes it feel much more unique than any other place I’ve been to in a while, and so much more welcoming.
What about the food then? Smith & Daughters offers some delicious food without using a single animal product. Yes, that’s right, this is not just a vegetarian place, it’s a completely vegan institution. Sure, the menu has a lot of meat-sounding names, but none have been used to produce those dishes.
The food itself is latin-inspired, with dishes from Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Spain and more. Eat it tapas style, and share, or get a larger dish if you’re not in the mood for sharing. And the taste? Comforting is the first word that comes to me. Comforting, hearty and wholesome, without being too iffy. It’s not a place you’ll come for a degustation, but rather a warm and hearty meal with a few good friends.
Dinner in all its glory, you all know we’re breakfast lovers by heart. And Smith & Daughters are open for brunch over weekends. Yeah, you guessed it, we’re already planning our next visit!
Mon / Closed
Tue – Fri / 6pm – 1am
Sat / 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 1am
Sun / 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm