Restaurant Reviews

MoVida: Restaurant review

MoVida

Address

1 Hosier La
Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Lunch Mon-Fri noon-3pm
Dinner Mon-Tue 5pm-10pm, Wed-Fri 5pm-10.30pm
Sat-Sun noon-10.30pm

Prices

Tapas $5-$9
M $16-$36
D $12-$15

REVIEW

Can anything be less Spanish than 6pm dinner? The popularity of this 14-year-old tapas bar means that may be the only sitting you get unless you're a forward-planning booker. Inside, though - past the throngs of tourists ogling Hosier Lane's graffiti - you could be in Barcelona. Tapas run from a plump mussel in piquant marinade on a potato crisp to a wedge of cos drizzled with an anchovy and pickled garlic dressing that's best mopped with crusty bread. Larger raciones see clams with crumbled chorizo in a pool of smoky broth, or lamb loin swaddled in crisp-crusted fat, with grilled peppers and dollops of red mojo sauce. Many don't stray past chocolate and churros for dessert, but fig and almond tart with banana yoghurt ice-cream rewards explorers. The mood's casual - service unfussy, chat levels high, quarters close-ish - but Melbourne loves Frank Camorra's bohemian slice of Spain just the way it is.

Phone:
(03) 9663 3038

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Frank Camorra & Scott Stevenson

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.