1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne - ph: 9663 3038
I have been looking forward to visit MoVida for a while. Tried getting reservations into the MoVida restaurant a few times, but you need to call with a lot of advance to secure the booking, so I haven't been successful in my last minute attempts.
Then I read a post the other day from fellow blogger The Food Blog: MoVida Next Door does not take reservations - first in, first served!
So I chose a quite day in the office to go with a friend straight after work. We got to MoVida Next Door just after 6pm and there were still a few tables left. Surely enough, the place was full before 7pm.
So, to the food: since it's a tapas bar, the idea is to order small portions to get a taste of as many things as possible. The waiter pointed out to us the specials for the day and we chose a few of them.
We started with quail skewers braised with garlic, pepper and coriander (???? - pretty sure it was coriander, although it could be some Spanish variety... - please correct me if I'm wrong here). All I can say is that they were rich, beautifully cooked.Next dish was their famous Jamon Serrano, cured in the Spanish style without artificial additives. Suffice to say I could come back here JUST to eat this ham - a plate full of it. Easy.
Jamon Serrano ($14)
Next in line was the calamari 2 ways: the body was grilled and stuffed with leek and potato and the tentacles were lightly battered and deep fried. The dish was great, but probably a bit overshadowed by the powerful flavours of garlic on the quails and ham eaten before. In hindsight, we should have started with the seafood.
Still not satisfied, we ordered one more Racion or 'large dish' of tuna belly salad. This dish was a bit of a disappointment, unfortunately. The salad was beautiful: perfectly seasoned fresh tomatoes, palm hearts and red onions. The tuna, however, tasted a bit dry and overcooked, which can easily happen with tuna, I suppose.
Tuna belly salad ($16)
We couldn't finish the meal without a desert. My friend picked the Cream Catalana, the Spanish version of a creme brulee. It's basically a soft custard infused with lemon and cinnamon. It was delicious and fun to watch being blow torched in the kitchen!
Cream Catalana ($12.50)Interesting to note that when I went back to MoVida's website to check their description of all the courses we had, some of them had already been replaced by new dishes. I love restaurants that change their menu often. It means you can keep coming back and without ever growing tired of it. I'm sure MoVida with be one of these.