Food and Drink
Posted by Trish Gallagher
24. Oct, 2012
Until I moved to Melbourne I never really understood the north/south river divide, but having lived here now for nigh on ten years I finally get it. Tantamount to a Nepalese trekking adventure for this north-east girl, I donned my jungle greens and headed south to have a taste of the new spring menu at The Smith in Prahran.
What used to be the tired Edwards Tavern has been transformed by Michael Lambie (The Stokehouse, Circa, Taxi Dining Room) into a light, modern venue with a focus on dishes made to share. Is The Smith a pub? It certainly has the laid back casual atmosphere that you could easily adopt as your regular drinking spot, but a big old brush stroke of sophistication covers this place with a menu to match. Michael and director Scott Borg have also introduced a sommelier service, slamming this place out of the ‘Gastro Pub’ ball park.
Having celebrated their first anniversary recently, Michael has put together a spring menu with a global feel; Kansas City pork ribs, kingfish sashimi and the dish that The Smith is quickly becoming famous for; their soft shell crab tortilla with black bean and jalapeno salad. Scott Borg tells us that approximately 24,000 tortillas have been sold to punters – give or take the many that I consumed that day.
Also starting this month is the new ‘Global Safari’ set menu; six continents, six dishes, and six cocktails to match. New season lamb rump with sloe gin fizz from Europe, chocolate dulce de leche with an espresso martini from South America and Australia’s very own freshly shucked oyster Bloody Mary. This world themed set menu will set you back $120 and it is impossible to get up from your dining chair and pass the industrialesque front bar for ‘one for the road’; be sure to bring enough spare change for the taxi ride home.
213 High St, Prahran
Open 7 Days
12.00pm – 11.30pm
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