Smith & Daughters, Fitzroy
My Melbourne social circle has long included a few vegetarians and one place we all were mutually keen to check out with Smith & Daughters in Fitzroy, a super modern haunt for lovers of vegetables and grains alike. The experience makes for a partial pseudo-meat menu, which I enjoyed but the rest of the table was indifferent to. Here, Smith & Daughters employs a number of substitutes so it still does feel like tasting of meat even when it isn’t. That alone may determine if it’s one you might enjoy or not.
Once you get past the weird booking system you can select from a varied selection (including fast food and American items). We started things off with the garden salad which was a pleasant and interesting combo with a great dressing and easily got cleaned up. We shared the rest of the dishes which included a vegetarian lasagna (but of meat taste), meatballs and creamy mushroom. The creamy garlic mushrooms came in a Spanish sauce and this was my dish of the night, the creaminess and light spice of the sauce was delightful.
The meatballs and lasagna were two of the dishes designed to taste like meat and these were alright to me, but some of the stricter vegetarians on the table were a bit more put off by the thought. A bit too tomatoey for my personal preference. All the dishes were well presented and we had great service over the course of the night in spite of what is a scary book-and-don’t-turn up-and-we’ll-charge-the-crap-out-of-you system. Clever vegetarian fare.