The Smith

I was not totally surprised to see the girls before me in the queue for the toilets at The Smith to head into the cubicle in a pair.  The Smith is that sort of restaurant.  It’s buzzing with a big open kitchen and the place becomes more of a bar than a restaurant as the night gets later.  This makes it not ideal for a quiet romantic dinner and more the venue for a group dinner with friends when you want to continue with drinks in the bar area.


The food at The Smith dances between Asian to Mexican and back again – it seems to hit every trend in Melbourne.  Right on trend, most dishes are designed to be shared.  To start, cheek suckingly fresh oysters ($4.50 each) are topped with daikon puree and wasabi caviar.

Soft shell crab tortilla at The Smith

Other smaller plates include soft shell crab tortilla ($9.50) with the crunchy batter providing a textural contrast to the sweet crab meat and soft tortilla.  Not so successful were the steamed buns were filled with peking duck and hoisin sauce ($5 each).  They sounded brilliant but the bun was flaccid rather than light and fluffy.

While the small plates may have been hit and miss, the cocktail list was great.   Despite the name I really loved the Toorak Princess ($17) with its combination of gin, winter berries and champagne.  It won Drink of the Year so I’m not really alone in talking this one up.

Yellow fin tuna at The Smith

The more substantial dishes on the menu included squares of lolly pink coloured yellow fin tuna ($19) were teamed with long slivers of green apple and daikon which added sweetness to the dish.

Probably my favourite dish was the fajita made with slow cooked wagyu osso bucco ($18.50) and a smear of creamy avocado.

Dessert of apple and rhubarb crumble ($16) was beautifully presented and I especially loved the honeycomb it was served with.  But the crumble topping was soggy and the rhubarb flavour had been lost in the dish.  After our meal was over we headed back to the front of The Smith to the bar area for another cocktail where I realised that I much preferred The Smith as a bar rather than a restaurant.

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Details: The Smith,  213 High Street  Prahran 3181 (Ph: 03 9514 2444)
Damage: Pricey.  Our bill came to $196.50 for two.

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  1. Pity the dishes were hit and miss, but at least you found a winning cocktail menu 😀

  2. The soft shell crab looks SO good….and agree, love the honey comb in that dessert. 😀 It’s too bad some of the dishes didn’t live up to would expect something better for that price tag!

  3. Agreed, shame that some dishes were just okay… but I’d go for that soft shell crab and a few cocktails! Great rec – been looking for a place to take some close girlfriends that are flying over soon!

  4. Sophie – Yes I think I could become addicted to the Toorak Princesses

    Jenny – The soft shell crab was good and I like the idea of it in a taco. Yes, I guess I was a bit more fussy here as it is pricey.

    Yasmeen – Yes it would be good fun to head there with girlfriends for cocktails and bar snacks.

  5. Unfortunately their so-called signature dishes are not original. Soft shell crab tortilla is the slight alteration of Newmarket’s soft shell crab taco. Yellow fin tuna is the true copy of Coda original.

  6. Shame about some of the misses, but it looks worth trying all around. Been keen to check it out for a while, but keep forgetting to visit! Would especially love to go for the cocktail, the Toorak Princess sounds like it’s got everything I like…!

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