because I can't cook
Movida Bar de Tapas y Vino in the Melbourne CBD.
|Address||1 Hosier Lane||
|Visited||13 May 2011|
As expected and better than MoVida Aqui was MoVida (Bar de Tapas y Vino). Finally after a booking that was made a couple of months ago, I got into MoVida for dinner. Yay!
As predicted, MoVida was super busy especially because it was a Friday night. And that was pretty much its downside; it was hard to have a conversation due to the big crowd (especially when there was a group of giggly, gossipy girls seated next to your table!). Other than this, MoVida was as positive as people made it out to be with their excellent tapas/Spanish cuisine at pretty good prices.
My friend and I pretty much agreed that we loved the dishes we had that night which were mostly tapas; Pollo Escabache al Miguel (spiced chicken on crispy crouton), Agridulce con Pato (slow-cooked duck shank), Cordonices (pan-seared quail breast), Cordero al Chilindron (roast lamb breast with paprika sauce)... except maybe for their Patatas a la Importaniza (Tocino, Saffron and Tomato braised Chat Potato) which tasted like a regular, plain potato dish, and also their Carrillera de Buey (beef cheek in Pedro Ximenez) that was also rather unimpressive (somehow the one at MoVida Aqui was better). And perhaps their Basque Tarte dessert that was not sweet yet not fruity either?
But, as mentioned earlier, overall their cuisine was excellent; loved their tapas, their wines, and even their staff! Yes, the staff were chatty and attentive, and their service was relatively quick, except for the random gaps in between your tapas and the 20-minute wait for dessert.
MoVida was dim-lit and less 'Spanish' than MoVida Aqui - and by less Spanish I meant there were a lot less Spain-related decorations on their walls. Nothing too notable ambience-wise but it still felt warm and cozy inside.
I would love, love, love revisit MoVida as often as I could if it wasn't for their months long booking list for weekend dinners!