Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

Smith and Singleton is a classy all-day cafe, bar and restaurant within the Larwill Studio Hotel, a upmarket hotel that’s part of the boutique Art Series Hotels group. 

Smith and singleton

It’s adjacent to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville and the popular Royal Park Nature Play playground and takes its name from the two founding doctors of original Melbourne Children’s Hospital – Williams Smith and John Singleton.

Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

The restaurant is actually not easy to spot from the road, despite its floor to ceiling windows. Maybe it’s because you’re not expecting a dining option that’s not a food court next to the hospital.

Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

During our visit on a weekday lunch time it was pretty quiet, mostly with business meetings and people who seemed to be visitors of the hospital. Baby 2.0 was the only child there but there are many features that make it kid-friendly.

Smith and singleton

The dining room is spacious with loads of rooms for prams and numerous high chairs. One area does have several steps but there are plenty of seating options that don’t require manoeuvering, from intimate booths to long communal tables. 

At breakfast and lunch time there’s a small kids menu all under $8, though we were told incorrectly on our visit that no kids menu was available for lunch from 12 midday. Fortunately Baby 2.0 has a huge appetite for pizza and basically polished off a wood-fired ‘Original’ margherita pizza on his own ($16.90). The base was a little bit hard and ‘biscuity’ for my taste – I like my pizza bases elastic and pliable. 

Smith and singleton

I had the Vietnamese chicken salad with cabbage, carrot, celery and Asian herbs ($15.90). I liked the fresh crunchiness of the salad but didn’t enjoy the sticky, overly sweet sauce which liberally dressed the slaw – I would have preferred it on the side.

Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

There is a takeaway menu of sandwiches, pizzas, salads and sweet treats and complete meals plus in-room dining for guests of Larwill Studio Hotel. Smith and Singleton signature blend comes from Hawthorn’s Axil Coffee Roasters. If you’re after something alcoholic there’s a full drinks list including cocktails.

Smith and Singleton is an appealing alternative to a vending machine or fast food chain if you’re visiting the Royal Children’s Hospital or the Royal Park Nature Play playground and need a bite to eat (or a toilet).

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Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville 03 9032 9119

7am-10pm, 7 days a week

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