Food and Drink


Seafood Frenzy at The Smith

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The Smith in Prahran is about to celebrate its second birthday. Tucked near the corner of High and Chapel Street, this restaurant-bar serves up a mix of tapas, wines and cocktails to its south-sider patrons. We recently caught up with owner and executive chef Michael Lambie to chat about his new place and birthday plans.

“It’s been a dream come true,” says Lambie. “It’s just been a great journey. We had a vision of what we wanted it to be and it’s exactly that.”

The menu is an eclectic mix of foods inspired by Lambie’s globetrotting.

“You have to keep reinventing yourself. Australia is very multi-cultural. We’ve tried to make our menu a little bit South American, a little bit Asian, sort of inspired by my travels all over the world,” he says.

On September 16, from 6.30pm, the usually polished space will turn into a buzzing seafood marketplace.  Lambie has hand-chosen 11 dishes for the night’s menu; some customer favourites like the soft-shelled crab tortillas and some entirely new dishes for the event.

The menu leans heavily towards Asian flavours, utilising Lambie’s years of success with this type of food. Freshly shucked oysters with champagne dressing, kingfish sashimi with fresh horseradish and lemon and seared calamari with picked papaya salad are just some of the items available in this cornucopia of seafood delights. The kataifi wrapped scallops with chilli mayonnaise are the chef’s favorite.

“Every time someone has one it’s like ‘wow that’s unbelievable’ and it’s been like that for five years,” says Lambie. “It has to be my all time favourite dish.”

The Smith’s partner for this event is Laurent Perrier. A glass of their champagne will be served on arrival and matching wines will be on offer during the night.

“I want everyone to enjoy The Smith, to have a really good evening and enjoy our passion for working with seafood,” says Lambie.

The cost of the evening will be $60 (including a glass of champagne) and bookings are essential. Places are sure to go quickly so contact or call 9514 2444.

Monday September 16
6.30pm for a 7pm start
213 High Street Prahran
9514 2444

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