Opened in 2014 by close friends Mo Wyse and Chef Shannon Martinez, Smith & Daughters is located on the vibrant and vegan-friendy Brunswick St. in Fitzroy, Melbourne. The entirely vegan Latin and Spanish inspired menu features a comprehensive cocktail list and a solid selection of small plates, tapas and heartier menu options. Whether you’re going for a firm drink, laid-back brunch or casual dinner amongst friends, family or colleagues; we wholeheartedly recommend Smith & Daughters for the quality food, service and atmosphere.
With the success of Smith & Daughters, Wyse and Martinez have recently announced that they will be be opening an entirely vegan takeaway deli in Fitzroy in the coming weeks. Known simply as Smith & Deli, it will be located at 111 Moor St. More information to come, but they have already said that they will be selling baked goods, prepared salads, provisions and a selection of vegan deli cuts, sausages and cheeses.
There’s a little something for everyone on the drinks menu at Smith & Daughters, from sweet to smokey to spicy. I love that the cocktails are crafted with the same care and consideration as the food. Prices can seem high but are consistent with prices throughout Melbourne and the drinks at Smith & Daughters are seriously strong. Personal favorites are The Siesta for the smoky flavor and Bloody Frida for some spicy kick. Their Sangria is a nice refreshing summer cooler and ideal for sharing alongside a selection of small plates.
Smith & Daughters offers brunch and dinner. Dinner comprised mostly small plates and tapas with a few larger dishes and a small yet enticing dessert menu. Brunch is a bit more singular, with more individual dishes and fewer shared plates and tapas. Most of the dishes we tried did well to balance flavor and texture, with the sauces always standing out to tie the flavors together. There were quite a few fried items on the menu like the Croquettas, Pastels de Cangrejo, Paella Fritters and Corn Fritters; but the menu was balanced out nicely with a selection of fresh, bright salads like the Brazilian Slaw.
Notes: The menu has changed since our visit and they are apparently looking to add lunch service later in the year. Keep up with Smith & Daughters on Facebook. See brunch menu, dinner menu and cocktail menu (as of Dec 2014 – Jan 2015).
Since Smith & Daughters is a popular place and it can get pretty busy, I recommend making a reservation if you don’t want to potentially wait for a table or be seated at one of the communal tables. We sat at the large communal table in the center of the dining area once and found it be comfortable enough. Despite being busy at times, service was always quick and attentive.