Movida Bar de Tapas
1 Hoiser Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9663 3038
Movida Bar de Tapas (yes madam, this is the ORIGINAL), the number 1 spanish restaurant in melbourne according to Urbanspoon as at 4 January 2011 (it has now been de-throned by Hutong Dumpling Bar!). My housemate managed to get a reservation for us weeks in advance. Apparently, it is impossible to get a seat in there unless you make a reservation. Snobbish much? Since I have never tried spanish tapas before and the fact that this restaurant is receiving such awesome reviews, I was excited to give it a try. >.<
We arrived slightly earlier than our booked time and had to spend some time wandering on hosier lane, looking at the graffiti on the walls. (sexy lady!)
Finally, we were shown into the dimly lit restaurant that was filled with Melburnians who had just knocked off from work and wanting a drink to chill out with their mates.
First, we were served with an assortment of bread. They tasted really good with a dip of olive oil at the side. Some were tough like rocks (beware those dentures!).
We decided to go with Raciones (bigger dishes to be shared!) as we were HUNGRY! First on the list was Higado del Pato. I couldn’t resist the alluring duck liver parfait and forgot to take a proper picture of the intact dish! You are supposed to eat the parfait with the “crumbs”. HEAVEN!
Next, we had Chorizo con Guindillas, a traditional spanish sausage dish. It was kinda too spicy for my liking but the mix of flavouring just burst in your mouth on the very first bite.
The third dish was Carillera de Buey, slow braised beef cheek with cauliflower puree. The sauce that the beef was presented in was awesome and complemented the puree nicely. Reminded me of my favourite mashed potato with a twist!
Ofcourse, every dinner has to end off with a dessert. We ordered churros, a kind of spanish doughnuts (duh!) with chocolate drinking sauce. Even though i have a sweet tooth, i found this particular dessert overpowering.
Overall, I have no idea what is all the fuss about this restaurant? I must admit the quality of food was great BUT I reckon that the food is kinda overpriced for a proper dinner. If you want a place to hang out after a long day at work, wanting a drink to unwind and not a full dinner, I will recommend you to pop by Movida. Otherwise, you will be better off somewhere else. Another visit? Perhaps NOT.