MoVida
Spanish
  • 1 Hosier La,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9663 3038,
    movida.com.au/
  • Lunch daily noon-3pm;

    Dinner Wed-Sat 5pm-10.30pm

     

MoVida
-37.816756,144.969114

In restaurant years, MoVida may be staring down the barrel of middle age, but this laneway legend still has serious swagger. It's there in the graffiti-lined entrance, the boisterous red-brick dining room, and the aproned waitstaff, who squeeze between the tables with practised ease. Most importantly, that energy is ever-present on the exceptional tapas menu, which marries non-negotiable originals (the anchoa, the molten-centred croquetas) with invigorating additions. Of the latter, zero in on the Spanish mackerel with pine-nut gazpacho sorbet, which arrives in a plume of smoke, or the pickled mussel with cod roe on a crisp potato wafer. Rustic raciones add heft to your meal, perhaps sherry-braised chicken with the crunch of almonds, or a pan of saffron-rich, seafood-studded rice. Desserts are best when they're faithful renditions - skip the too-sweet PX ice-cream and honeycomb in favour of the caramel flan; it may not sound as sexy, but this old-timer eats like a dream.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • Tapas $4-$7

    M $16-$34

    D $3-$14

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Frank Camorra & Scott Stevenson

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