Restaurant Reviews

MoVida Aqui: Restaurant review


Level 1, 500 Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC


Lunch Mon-Fri noon-3pm;
Dinner Mon-Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 6pm-10.30pm


Tapas $5-$9
M $23-$33
D $10-$15


Climb the stairs - between downtown office towers and the Supreme Court - and suddenly you're in an olive grove. The scent of bay leaves drifts across terrace tables, while inside, there's a happy buzz throughout the big, open venue - proof it's grown into one of the CBD's most convivial spaces. From the long bar to the timber-tabled dining room, there's a hum of hospitality. Attentive staff decode the menu's tapas and raciones into bite-sized, bigger and shareable items, and pour wines from the Spanish-leaning list. Many diners are drawn to the MoVida greatest hits: pretty bites like anchovy on a croûton with tomato sorbet, a soft calamari-filled bocadillo, or beef cheek sticky with Pedro Ximénez; others seek out rustic crowd-pleasers such as arroz caldoso, a glorious goop of nutty bomba rice, smoked tomato sauce, mussels, calamari and crab. Vanilla and lemon soft-serve with strawberries is as sweet a surprise as finding this little slice of Spain among the skyscrapers.
(03) 9663 3038
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Frank Camorra & Ewen Crawford
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.