Thursday, January 28, 2010

Movida Bar de Tapas - Melbourne

Name: Movida Bar de Tapas

1 Hosier La
Melbourne 3000 VIC

Phone: (03) 9663 3038

Food: Spanish
Average price: Mains: $3-$21, Dessert: $9-$14.50

Complimentary: Cold bread with olive oil.

We ordered (This was over a week ago so my memory is a little moth-eaten):

Entrée: Anchoa - $4.50 
Hand filleted Cantabrian artisan anchovy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet

I found the icy sorbet unappetising and whilst the flavour was nice it was smashed to smithereens by the all-encompassing anchovy which lingered long afterwards.

Viera - $4.80 
Roasted Spring Bay scallop with jamon and potato foam

The others thought this was ok, but the potato foam was too dominant for the delicate scallop.

Tortilla - $3.50 
Traditional tortilla with confit potato and onion

Horrible - this tasted 3-days-old with hot and cold spots.

Piquillo peppers

Couldn't even eat one - much too acidic.

Egg, truffle, manchego sorbet, Potato

Cute presentation, high hopes but horrible let-down. The sorbet was grainy and overwhelming, even the truffle couldn't perform.

Mains: Carillera de buey - $18.50
Slowly braised beef cheek in Pedro Ximenez on cauliflower puree
Everyone liked this (minus the cauliflower-hater).

aballa ahumado - $18.50
Tom Cooper's smoked spanish swordfish with pine nut gazpacho sorbet

Setas asado con jerez -$11.00
Oven roasted portabello mushrooms finished with sherry vinegar

Whilst these tasted lovely I noticed most were green inside - I'm not familiar with mushrooms but out of precaution I stopped eating these - are mushrooms supposed to be fluorescent green inside??

Espinacas con garbanzos - $10.50
Sauteed spinach with chickpeas & spices

I was starving so I ate these - but they were mushy and watery.

Costilla con sobrasada - $7.50
Roast lamb cutlet encased in a Catalan pork & paprika pate

Fish with veggies


Desserts: Churros - $9.00
Rich drinking chocolate and Spanish doughnuts
This wasn't a drinking chocolate - it was chocolate custard, and not a very chocolatey one at that. The churros were stale so I didn't eat this but hubby was hungry so he ate it anyway.

Flan con pestinos - $10.00
Creme caramel served with spiced sherry pastries
The creme caramel was nice, but no better than the one you can buy from the supermarket. The biscuits were horribly dry.

Helados de la casa - $12.50
Homemade ice-creams served with cake- peach. plum and nectarine

Cost: $240+ for 8 portions each for four people.

Service: Disorganised. We had booked a Dinner Menu - 10 of the best dishes (one vegetarian) and what we got was a waitress choosing 7 dishes, even though we were still left hungry. Some meals came out 3 at a time with 20+minute waits for the next one. I received a chicken dish TWICE and had to explain TWICE that I don't eat meat - chicken included.

Atmosphere: Noisy and cramped. Too small and crowded, doesn't promote lingering.

Parking: Ample paid carparks and some street parking.


Hours: Daily noon-3pm
Sun-Tue 5pm-10pm, Wed-Sat 5pm-10.30pm

Would I return: No - too un-organised and not memorable.


  1. You must really not be "familiar with mushrooms" to dislike the mushrooms finished with sherry vinegar. Actually most of the comments you made sound like they come from someone not that familiar with eating good food. I went to Movida with a friend for the first time recently and we were both extremely pleased with everything we ate and with the service too!

  2. "Whilst these tasted lovely I noticed most were green inside"

    As you can clearly see I liked the flavour but was concerned with the fact the mushrooms were tinged fluorescent green inside so I am not sure what you are on about...

    Food and service differ nightly - whilst my dinner party experienced spotty service and hit-and-miss food, it's nice to see that you experienced a good night.

    You can't predict what experience you will have from both high and low end restaurants, even reliable places can have an 'off-night'.


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