Smith & Daughters was our go-to venue a second time within a week; on this occasion we shared brunch and cocktails with Melbourne blogger-turned-Sydneysider AOF and some mutual friends. Co-owner Mo and the youngest Moody Noodle did their best to photobomb our beverages. Michael ordered a gin-based Basil Luchador ($18) but was ultimately envious of others' Bloody Fridas; I went for a Citrus Kick ($8) that burned the throat with ginger and cayenne rather than alcohol.
To eat, we fell back on ol' faves. The gluten- and pea-tolerant all requested tuna & pea croquettas to start ($5 each) - I'm not sure I'll ever tire of their golden crusts and salty centres.
AOF and I shared the queso dip ($15) - she enjoyed the cashew cheese topping as much as I do, and we were treated to extra corn chips at no charge when the first batch failed to scoop it all up. A tart rocket-fuelled artichoke and chickpea salad ($16) was a great way to offset the dip'n'chips.
Michael had a Mexican Hash ($16) all to himself - a skillet of potatoes, peppers, corn and jalapenos topped with queso, salsa and cashew cream with corn tortillas on the side. His verdict? "Killer."
The S&D staff let us linger over our table a while, and we shared a bowl of quince-filled Spanish doughnuts ($12) - if it's at all possible, these are getting better every time we order them.
Choosing among the confirmed faves and new creations on the menu is always tough, and it's bound to get even tougher soon when Mo and Shannon make an exciting announcement. Keep your eye out and your appetite ready for that one!
You can also read about one, two, three, four, five of our previous visits to Smith & Daughters.
Smith & Daughters
175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Accessibility: The entry is flat and narrow and the tables are pretty crowded. The interior is dimly lit and loud at night. Toilets were located up several steps, were gendered and of standard dimension. There's full table service.