A creative writer based in Melbourne.
Published October 2nd 2017
Plant-based at its finest
One of Melbourne's most popular plant-based restaurants, Smith & Daughters has a reputation like no other. The corner bluestone building is a home of good, well-priced food where the absence of meat or dairy is desired.
The vibe of the vegan eatery located at 175 Brunswick St in Fitzroy is one mixed between medieval and rock & roll. The back wall is exposed brick covered in band posters and their famous upside down cross and Vegan Eat signs. The perpendicular walls are cracked stone covering in glowing candles. Together, along with the waiters emulating the décor with their tattooed bodies and apathetic attitudes, you feel as if you're inside a Game of Thrones dudgeon. But don't worry, the wine runs freely, and solitude isn't a problem.
The seasonally changing menu offers both share plates and main meals, all Spanish inspired and Mexican influenced. So for lunch, dinner or in between, you'll find a multitude of options to suit even the pickiest of eaters or the tightest of budgets. I recommend the tomato garlic bread and spicy piquillo & chickpea soup.
If you're keen to head into the Brunswick Street staple on the weekend, you'll need to book. Tables fill up quickly so if you want to go for a special occasion, book at least a week in advance.
MONDAY - CLOSED TUESDAY - FRIDAY 6PM - LATE SATURDAY - 10AM - LATE SUNDAY - 10AM - 11PM
If you're in the area on a Tuesday to Sunday between 8 am and 6 pm, head across to road to Smith & Deli at 111 Moor St, Fitzroy VIC 3065. The New York corner store is a kind of sibling to Smith and Daughters and offers an unprecedented amount of vegan and plant-based grocery items including noodles, mock meats, tofu and cheeses.